Colwall edge Redbourn in The Cricketer Village Cup final thriller
The Herefordshire club have won the competition for the first time, defeating Redbourn by six runs at Lord’s
Colwall of Herefordshire have won The Cricketer Village Cup for the first time, in their first Lord’s final, after a six-run win against Redbourn of Hertfordshire at Lord’s.
Batting first, Colwall made an impressive 229 for 6 from their 40 overs. Richard Howitt scored 58 before Benjamin Wheeler, the man of the match, struck 72 not out off just 33 deliveries, including three sixes in the final over of the innings.
There were runs too for Fergus Cameron (23) and James Abel (21) as Colwall posted the seventh-highest score in Village Cup final history.
The competition’s leading wicket-taker Conor Yorath was the pick of the Redbourn bowlers, finishing with 2 for 23 off his eight overs. Daniel Darvell (3 for 31) was also impressed.
In reply, Redbourn got off to a ferocious start, reaching 50 in the sixth over. It looked like captain Edward Hales was going to inspire Redbourn to a convincing victory, as he smashed 119 off just 83 balls.
Hales, who opened the batting alongside his older brother William, reached his hundred off just 75 deliveries to become the sixth man to score a century in a Village Cup final.
As he was making his way to three figures, there was a stunning diving catch from Ben Febery as he took the ball over his shoulder to dismiss Yorath for 2.
But after Hales fell, with the score on 160 for 3, the runs dried up. Febery (2 for 40) and Michael Gooch (0 for 35) conceded just 15 off six overs in the middle of the innings.
They managed to restrict Daniel Roe (32 off 64) and Hugh Craig (19 not out off 41) and after needing 70 off 86, Redbourn found themselves needed 55 off 48.
Steven Richard threatened to win the match for Redbourn, hitting 22 off 21 balls late on, but Luke Dalley (2 for 33) ended his stay at the crease.
In the end, Redbourn were unable to get the 11 runs required off the final over as Andrew Robertson held his nerve. With four runs coming from the over, Colwall secured a six-run victory.
It was a thrilling end to an excellent tournament, which was completed in full after starting in July despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Cricketer is extremely grateful to Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) for accommodating the final despite the challenging circumstances. We would also like to thank our loyal sponsors: Pipers Crisps, ExtraCover Insurance, Bola.
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