Gibbins rues missed chances as Dinton’s Lord’s dream dies

Dinton (bowling) v Shipton Under Wychwood. Alister Gibbins. PNL-140621-224552009
Dinton (bowling) v Shipton Under Wychwood. Alister Gibbins. PNL-140621-224552009

Dinton skipper Alister Gibbins felt dropped catches cost his team dear as they bowed out of the Davidstow National 
Village Cup on Sunday.

Dinton played host to Saracens Hertfordshire League side Langleybury in the 
first national round of the competition.

They were hoping to move to within three wins of a final appearance at Lord’s, but it proved to be beyond them as they were beaten by five wickets in the final over.

Dinton elected to bat on a pitch that yielded 500 runs the day before.

Unfortunately, three of the first four batsmen walked back without a run to their name, a situation that left the home side in deep trouble.

Captain Gibbins made 35 and vice-captain Henry Woodward 23 in a brisk 50-run partnership that restored some momentum.

But the clatter of quick wickets seemed to be the order of the day, with Dinton 130 for nine, all seemed lost.

Enter Phil Arnold, who made 52 not out, and 17-year-old Ollie Woodward to turn things around and put Dinton back in the game.

The pair batted without risk to put on another 50 runs, and by the end of their innings Dinton were 182 for nine and very much in with a chance in the game.

Langleybury started their chase steadily at the required run-rate, with the Dinton bowlers performing well.

Dinton’s main problem was that they dropped three chances early on. The dropped catches meant the pressure on the visitors was minimal.

Dinton kept plugging away and did fight back in the final 15 overs.

They started to take their chances and snared a series of wickets, and suddenly Langleybury weren’t looking so comfortable.

Tight bowling meant that with three overs remaining, the visitors still needed 16 runs to win.

Frustratingly for Dinton, another couple of missed 
run out opportunities occurred, and they too would prove costly.

By the final over, Langleybury only needed three runs to win, and they managed that in the first two balls.

Gibbins was disappointed, but still upbeat, saying: “It is very disappointing to go out at this early stage, but the signs this weekend have been very positive.

“We have fought back well, and if we held the catches that we dropped, I think we would have won”

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