Dinton storm top before easing into National Village Cup quarter-finals

Brennan Gough
Brennan Gough

It was a perfect weekend for Dinton Cricket Club who went top of Cherwell League Division One on Saturday and then followed that up by qualifying for the National Village Cup quarter-finals the next day.

Mid-table Twyford were the first visitors to a sunny Oxford Road for a league clash on Saturday as Dinton looked to regain top spot after they were bumped off last week.

Losing the toss and being asked to bowl, the home side made a blistering start and never looked back.

Faisal Ali, who has been in great form with bat and ball, removed captain Ben Curley for a duck in the third over and Dinton seized control from that point on. Bowling in partnership with fit again Ryan Chapman, the pair tore through the Twyford batsmen on what was a decent wicket.

No visiting batsman reached double figures as wickets fell almost every over, eventually Twyford were dismissed for just 46 with Ali finishing with figures of 4-26 and Chapman outstanding 6-18.

In reply, Dinton skipper Adam Mould, returning after a month absence with injury, wasted precious little time in setting about the target.

Positive strokeplay, ably assisted by Brennan Gough at the other end, saw Dinton reach their target after nine overs and without loss of any wickets. Mould finished on 30 to complete an excellent result against a side who had previously lost just once in 2016.

The following day, a good crowd on another warm afternoon saw Dinton take on Mayfield CC from Sussex in the last 16 of the National Village Cup.

Again Dinton were made to bowl first on a flat pitch and again they made a dream start thanks to excellent opening spells by Faisal Ali (2-24) and Kelvin Burrows, who both picked up early wickets.

The Mayfield innings was never allowed to gather momentum due to tight bowling and exceptional fielding, as wickets fell at regular intervals. Najam Rehman picked up two wickets in the middle overs along with Tim Brooker whose three wickets cost just 18 runs from nine overs.

A Mark Ludlow run out, which is becoming a regular occurrence of late, finished the Mayfield innings for a well below par 104 all out.

In reply, Dinton never looked like letting their visitors back into the game once Ali and Gough started the reply in positive fashion.

Finding the boundary regularly with a delightful array of shots, the two openers built a 66-run stand before Ali was well caught and bowled.

The same bowler quickly accounted for Mark Ludlow but Matt Kelloway came to the crease to support Gough as Dinton marched to victory.

Finishing the game with a six, the Dinton youngster finished on 48 not out as the home side won by eight wickets with 23 overs to spare.

Captain Neil Roberts was delighted with the display, and was keen to stress the importance of the whole squad who have enabled Dinton to reach this stage, a true team effort.

Dinton now travel to Sibton Park CC of Folkestone, Kent, on Sunday for the quarter-final. The club may be putting on a coach for supporters wanting to travel, if interested in booking a place contact Neil Roberts on 07989 064606.