Cresselly march on in Village Cup

Players and supporters: Enjoying the victory over Colwall CC in the Village Cup

CRESSELLY achieved their aim from their travels to Colwall last Sunday (Jun 25) and reached the last 16 of Watsons National Village Cup.

The travelling Doves restricted their Herefordshire opponents to 158ao as seamer Sion Jenkins took 4-16 alongside veteran spinner Simon Cole [2-20].

Of the home stroke makers opening batsman Joe Bright struck eight boundaries in his 64 from 101 balls as he shared an opening partnership of 29 with James Abel [18; 3 fours; 25 balls] and 37 for the sixth wicket with Ben Wheeler [25; 4 fours;].

Cresselly lost the talented opening batsman Adam Chandler with the score on 47, having struck two boundaries in his 36 ball fifteen.

Hard hitting County player Iwan Izzard the joined Phil ‘Taffy’ Williams in adding 30 for the second wicket before he fell for 20 having struck two boundaries in his 35 ball innings with the sore on 79, as Simon Cole fell for a duck three balls later as Ben Ferby [2-35] and his brother Jim [[1-37] bowled in tandem.

There were no further setbacks for the Cresselly batsmen as Williams batted the innings to be unbeaten on 70, having struck 11 boundaries from 121 balls faced.

Alex Bayley was also unbeaten on 38 [5 fours; 42 balls] as they shared a fourth wicket partnership of 83 and victory with two overs to spare.

Cresselly now have an opportunity to reach the Holy Grail and play at Lords in September.

They face Langstons Cricket Club, which is situated between Leicester and Kettering at home next Sunday (Jul 9) in the last 16 tie.

If successful Cresselly will have home advantage in the Quarter Final and Semi Final games.