Dinton miss out on dream Lord’s finale

Dinton's most successful ever National Village Cup skipper Tim Brooker fell just short of leading his side to a dream day out at Lord's
Dinton's most successful ever National Village Cup skipper Tim Brooker fell just short of leading his side to a dream day out at Lord's

Dinton will not get their dream day out at Lord’s after losing in the semi-final of the National Village Cup at Rockhampton on Sunday.

It was the furthest the Hermits have ever progressed in the prestigious competition but batting second could not chase down Rockhampton’s total of 219-7.

Despite the heartbreaking defeat, the club’s National Village Cup skipper Tim Brooker said the performances along the way have filled him with pride.

“Congratulations to Rockhampton who deserved to win and we wish them well in the final,” Brooker said.

“From our point of view it was disappointing not to play to our full potential. They used their home advantage well and we weren’t quite good enough on the day.

“But I am so proud of what we have achieved, going further than ever before in this competition.

“It has brought the whole club together and both players and supporters made it a fantastic run to be part of.

“We have a young side who will only get better and we intend to come back stronger next year and hopefully go one step further.”

Dinton won the toss and chose to field as they have done in every round so far. An excellent opening spell by Nheem Amin brought the first wicket clean bowling the opening batsman.

This brought the Rockhampton captain James Williams to the crease and he, along with the other opening batter, built a good partnership putting the pressure back on the visitors courtesy of some big hitting.

Henry Woodward and Alan Massey both picked up wickets in the middle of the innings however, the run rate was always good and the batsmen regularly managed to find the boundary.

Brotherwood compiled an excellent 59 and Rockhampton finished on 219-7 despite two late wickets for Brooker.

Having chased a bigger total in the previous round the Hermits were definitely in with a good chance at the halfway stage.

Star batsman Mike Sutliff got the Dinton reply off to a flying start striking some classy boundaries.

His innings was cut short however by a dubious leg before decision, and when Alister Gibbins followed suit soon after being caught on the boundary, the game was stacked in the home side’s favour.

Dinton battled to keep up with the ever increasing run rate but lost wickets at regular intervals, eventually being bowled out for 125 well short of their target.