Dinton cruise into last 16 of National Village Cup

Dinton's 2013 National Village Cup side
Dinton's 2013 National Village Cup side
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Dinton made a successful return to national competition and promptly breezed into the last 16 of the Village Cup on Sunday.

Archie Hammond struck a classy 80 as hosts Dinton cruised past opponents Crowhurst Park by five wickets.

Crowhurst won the toss and decided to bat first and started well with an opening partnership of 101 from 23 overs.

They seemed set fair to post a big score. But, some tight fielding and bowling from Hammond, Massey and Brooker brought Dinton back into the game and Crowhurst Park eventually finished on 169-6.

Dinton started well with that man Hammond and Mike Sutliff punishing anything loose from the Crowhurst Park opening bowlers, putting on a run a ball 75 run partnership before Sutliff holed out at deep cover for 39.

The Dinton innings was held together after that by the fluent Hammond who fell for a well made 80 by which point Dinton only required two to win and got home with 15 overs spare.

Village Cup skipper Tim Brooker said: “It was a great day for the club with fantastic local support. The team put in a really professional performance especially in the field keeping Crowhurst to a below par score.

“When we batted we attacked from the start and reached the total with plenty of overs to spare, lead by an outstanding innings from Archie who has come up through the juniors section which is extremely pleasing.

“All in all it was a great day for the club and we look forward to the next round.”

The club is hoping for more local support a week Sunday (July 14) when Dinton entertain Middleton CC from West Sussex in the last 16. Middleton beat Wheathampstead CC by 106 runs on Sunday.