Dinton toppled by Marston but Village Cup campaign goes on

Neil Roberts
Neil Roberts

Dinton Cricket Club are to host Mayfield CC this weekend in the last 16 of the National Village Cup and the club are encouraging all to head down to the ground and support the side in their quest to reach the final held at Lord’s.

This tie was originally scheduled to take place last week but rain caused a postponement, meaning the game will take place this Sunday at 1pm.

Dinton did take to the field on Saturday, though, when they played Long Marston in a top-of-the-table clash in Cherwell League Division One.

Again without the services of captain Adam Mould due to injury, stand-in skipper Neil Roberts won the toss and elected to bowl first.

This looked to be the wrong decision as Long Marston raced to 82 in no time at all despite the loss of an early wicket as the Dinton seam bowlers struggled for control and opener James Beesley punished any bad balls.

The introduction of spin slowed the scoring rate, though, as Tim Brooker bowled his 10 overs for only 24, and Will Fisher picked up two crucial wickets, including Beesley for a well made 70.

At 179-8, Dinton were well in control, but late hitting by Ali Bee (23) coupled with poor fielding allowed the hosts to post a competitive 206 all out.

In reply, Dinton lost opener Ash Smith for only two, but were making steady progress until three quick wickets reduced them to 64-4.

Neil Roberts began the rebuilding, punishing the bad balls and running well between the wickets. Kelvin Burrows was just getting going at the other end when he was removed for 22 by the excellent Beesley. Tim Brooker joined Roberts at the crease and the pair looked to be guiding Dinton home with a partnership of 48 for the seventh wicket.

That man Beesley returned, however, and removed Roberts for 61 and the Dinton tail capitulated, the last four wickets falling for 11 runs, leaving Brooker stranded on 24 not out.

Marston skipper James Beesley added to his earlier runs with figures of 4-29, supported by Jeremy Smith 3-35.

Dinton, who have now been replaced at the top of Division One by new leaders Long Marston following that defeat, return home this Saturday for the visit of Twyford.