Rockhampton Rams Heading To Lord's

Rams' Guy Brothwood on his way to 59
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Rams skipper James Williams attacks the Dinton bowling
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The Rockhampton team which won the semi-final and booked a place at Lord's
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Rockhampton Cricket Club beat Dinton by 94 runs to reach the final of the National Village knock-out semi-final, where they will face Cumbria's Cleator Cricket Club.

59 from Guy Brothwood and an inspirational spell of four for 44 from nine overs by Sam Nichols were the solo party pieces of a magnificent team display by Rockhampton as they overcame the nerves and the excitement to register an emphatic win.

The Rams will now travel to the Home of Cricket on 8th September where their opponents will be Cleator Cricket Club from Cumbria in a bid to be crowned the best cricketing village in the country.

Despite a brisk start from Will Tyler after the Rams were invited to bat first, his brother Matt Tyler was bowled for just one by seamer Nadeem Amin. Skipper James Williams joined Will Tyler at the crease and they added 65 for the second wicket before Tyler was also bowled for 33. When Williams was then stumped for 38, the local support was sitting a little uneasily.

Rowan Cartlidge and Brothwood steadied the ship and Brothwood began to unfurl his trademark cover drives and short-arm pulls and after Cartlidge went for 18 Brothwood eased his way to a half-century and was supported by Simon Hore (14) and Jack Spence (13) while Will Cartlidge smashed 16 from just nine balls, Rockhampton closing on 219 for seven.

Dinton got off to a flying start in response with 24 runs plundered from the first four overs and the Rams could have been forgiven for allowing panic to set in. As the flow of runs slowed, the Rams earned a crucial breakthrough when Will Cartlidge had Matt Sutcliffe leg before for a brisk 21.

From that moment the Rams took control. Sam Nichols replaced Chris Pearce and set about tearing through the Dinton middle order, most importantly removing dangerous Australian-born Andy Gibbens with Spence taking a well-judged catch.

Nichols collected three more wickets in a miserly spell, dented only by an explosive 19 from 12 balls by Marc Ludlow, who fell to Brothwood at the other end. Brothwood helped himself to three for 23 from seven overs and James Hancox cleaned up the tail, including the moment that will go down in club history.

He had Joe Wilcox trapped in front for three in the 32nd over to send the crowd into ecstasy and send the Rams to Lords.

Chairman John Hore praised the efforts of all involved and hailed a 'momentous day' for the club.

"The fans were fantastic and the players were even better, when the magnitude of this sinks in there will be some very wide grins in the bar," he said.

Skipper James Williams admitted he was delighted and somewhat surprised with the way his side dealt with the weight of expectation and the way Dinton started each innings.

"They had Matt Tyler early which is always a big wicket so my stand with Will was really important and then Guy was superb.

"When they got off so quick in response I just felt we needed that one wicket to get us going and thankfully Will Cartlidge delivered before they could stamp some authority.

"‘The guys are bouncing off the walls in the changing rooms, it's incredible."

You can follow the Rams as they continue their build-up and once they get to Lord's - @RockhamptonRams

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