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Worly remain on course for Lord's

By Sport Bury

Richard Ford hailed the batting performances of Graham Ford and Ziaf Kulasi which helped guide Worlington into the last 32 of The Cricketer National Village Cup at the weekend.

CRICKET - Worlington (Bowling) v East Bergholt in the regional final of the National Village Cup..... PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (2525267)
CRICKET - Worlington (Bowling) v East Bergholt in the regional final of the National Village Cup..... PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (2525267)

Graham Ford struck an unbeaten 136, from 103 balls, coupled with Kulasi’s 124-ball knock of 151, took Worlington to a score of 324-3 in their Essex and Suffolk regional final against East Bergholt on Sunday afternoon.

Worlington then restricted Bergholt to 252-6 from their 40 overs to set up a home tie with Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire regional final winners Langleybury on June 24 in the last 32, a clash which club captain Richard Ford is looking forward to, as the prospect of a trip to Lord’s for the final edges one step closer.

“We’re looking forward to the game against Langleybury in the next round,” he said.

“It should be a good game. We went into Sunday with a lot of good vibes and had a lot of people come and watch.

“Ziaf Kulasi hit a really big score and Graham Ford did as well, they both batted exceptionally.

“Chasing 300 at Worlington in 40 overs means you have to bat really well.

“We made a little hard work of it, but Charlie Tunstall got two wickets and we had enough of a lead.”

Batting first, Worlington posted a daunting 324-3 thanks to personal best scores from both Graham Ford and Kulasi. Tunstall (2-34) was the pick of the bowlers for Worlington, who collected their third regional title since first entering the competition in 2013.

l On Saturday, table-topping Worlington (315-7) delivered yet another impressive victory, this time a 213-run win at home to Essex-based Witham (102) in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One.

Despite missing several key players, Witham made a strong start as their hosts lost both Graham Ford and Jimmy Watson with just three runs on the board.

However, Kulasi was in great touch as he and Craig Estlea recovered the innings to take Worlington to 117, before the latter was dismissed for 61.

Kulasi was eventually bowled by Foster Mutizwa for 128, a knock that consisted of 11 maximums and lasted 110 balls.

Richard Ford then became the aggressor in the final stages of the innings before he fell for 61.

After the break, Witham had no answer for a buoyant Worlington bowling attack as Mark Nunn (4-22), Ashan Athukoralage (3-25), Tunstall (2-44) and Nuwan Jayasena (1-10) all took wickets to bowl them out for 102.

l Elsewhere, Worlington II (191-3) remain third in Division Five after a seven-wicket win away at Earl Stonham (185-9), thanks to efforts from Paul Marston (5-45), Freddy Gallagher (3-34), Adam Gallop (66) and Thomas Baugh (56), while Steve Grinling scored 91 as Worlington Academy (152) lost by seven wickets at Hadleigh Academy (156-3).

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