Voneus Village Cup Final: Dumbleton beat Calmore by 86 runs
Half-centuries from Tommy Boorman and Rupert Salmon helped Dumbleton to a commanding total of 241 before Ross Martin bowled a player of the match-winning spell of 4 for 12
Lord’s: Dumbleton 241-4, Calmore 155 – Dumbleton won by 86 runs
Dumbleton CC are the 2022 Voneus Village Cup champions after defeating Calmore Sports Club by 86 runs at Lord’s.
The Gloucestershire side set an imposing target of 242 following half-centuries from teenage batter Tommy Boorman and captain Rupert Salmon. Ross Martin then produced player of the match-winning figure of 4 for 12 to destroy Calmore’s hopes of becoming just the sixth side to defend the title inside 16 overs.
Hampshire champions Calmore won the toss and were on the front foot in the early stages, restricting Dumbleton to 22 for 1 after 10 overs thanks to the metronomic opening bowling of Steve Wright and Josh Metcalfe.
A 62-run second-wicket partnership between Boorman and Dan Holland, however, flipped the match on its head and from that point Dumbleton never relinquished control.
Ben Perry eventually removed Holland, caught behind by Max Bailey for 29 (44), just before the halfway mark but Boorman continued his charge, bringing up his half-century off 57 balls with a six in the 23rd over and later dispatching Perry for 4, 6, 6 in the 25th to get the Dumbleton faithful on their feet.
Seeking a breakthrough Calmore skipper Mark Lavelle brought himself on from the Pavilion End and immediately struck gold, Boorman picking out Shawn Johnson on the boundary to depart for 71 (72) – Dumbleton 127 for 3.
He continued to bowl tidily in the company of Liam Carty before the Worcestershire group champions burst into life in the final 10 overs.
Salmon shared an 89-run fourth-wicket stand with Myles Holland (39 off 34), who smashed two monstrous sixes towards the Dumbleton fans, and put on a further 25 runs with Adam Stuart (5) as his side closed on 241 for 4. Salmon finished unbeaten on 73 off 67, including six fours and one six.
Metcalfe was the standout bowler for Calmore, conceding 16 runs from his six overs, while Perry (2 for 65), Lavelle (1 for 46) and Wright (1 for 31) were the wicket-takers.
In reply, Martin made the key breakthrough in the fourth over, having the competition’s leading run-scorer Ben Johns, who hampered by a hamstring injury, caught by Boorman for two.
He grabbed his second in the eighth over, bowling Lavelle (4) with an inswinger, and four overs later he removed Will Brewster (caught Scott Tremain) and Shawn Johnson (lbw) with back-to-back deliveries.
Jamie Diamond then snared Matt Taylor – Tremain taking his second catch of the day – to leave Calmore in disarray on 39 for 5 after 13 overs and although James Manning (41 off 65), Bailey (18 off 47), and Metcalfe (18 off 14) ensured their side went down fighting, a successful chase was never on the cards.
Calmore were all out for 155 with five balls remaining, Stuart and Diamond picking up two wickets apiece and one each for Ollie Horne and Will Sharp to go with Martin’s four-for.
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