Cleator see off Rolleston challenge to reach Lord's final
Last updated at 11:36, Monday, 12 August 2013
Cleator will play Rockhampton, from Gloucestershire, in the final of the National Village Cup at Lord’s on Sunday, September 8, after overcoming Rolleston in the semi-final yesterday.
Darren Clark was the hero of the hour, with both the bat and ball, as he helped to ensure Cleator’s progress to the home of cricket.
Cleator had home advantage and they made it pay as Rolleston, from Staffordshire, were bowled out for just 86.
They had started well with their two openers getting into the swing but then the wickets began to tumble.
Clark picked up the first six wickets to dispel any hopes from Rolleston that they were going to amass a decent total, finishing with figures of 6-20 from his nine overs.
The remaining four bowlers all helped the cause, remaining very economical to keep the total down and, David Blackwell chipped in with a stunning catch in the outfield.
Cleator stepped up to the crease and their innings did not go precisely to script as nerves kicked in and a few early wickets fell.
But Clark steadied the ship with a fine 53 not out, finishing with two fours and a six, and saw Cleator surpass the Rolleston total with five wickets in hand.
First published at 11:35, Monday, 12 August 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Well deserved for so many at such a great club. I wish them all the very best of luck in the biggest game of their careers. #tothehomeofcricket