Dinton Cricket Club moved to within four games of the National Village Cup final at Lord’s when they overcame Great Brickhill in the Bucks Regional final on Sunday.
Having lost the toss, Dinton were asked to field first by Great Brickhill, who are currently flying high at the top of the Cherwell Cricket League.
Nevertheless, the visitors began well with 16-year-old Ollie Woodward striking in his first over as he cleaned bowled the home side’s opener and quickly followed it up with a second in an excellent opening spell as the youngsters continues to show good potential having broken into the first team.
The bulk of the damage was then done by Najam Ur Rehman, who came on and bowled a magical spell, taking four wickets from his nine overs for only 25 runs.
Brickhill were 68-6 and in danger of being blown away but some lower order resistance put them back in the game as a quick-fire 35 from A Jhala accompanied by a blistering 49 not out from George Humphries saw the hosts close on 185-9, a competitive albeit below par score on a what was a good wicket.
Sixteen-year-old Will Fisher also bowled another excellent spell, going for only 24 runs from his nine overs.
Despite the loss of Phil Arnold, Dinton went about the chase in a positive manner. Kelvin Burrows returned to form with an aggressive 37 and his dismissal brought Neil Roberts to the crease.
Often saving his best innings for the Village Cup, Roberts combined elegant stroke play with some massive hits into the surrounding gardens, dispatching the Brickhill attack to all parts.
Roberts eventually departed for 71 to all but take Dinton over the finishing line as captain Henry Woodward anchored the innings with 46 not out and the visitors wrapped up the win for the loss of four wickets with 11 overs left.
Dinton are now through to the national rounds for the third year in a row. Their reward is a home tie against Langleybury CC on Sunday, June 28, starting at 1pm.
On Saturday, Dinton’s Home Counties League clash against Finchampstead was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Dinton are away to Datchet this weekend.