Oh Lord’s! Dinton so close to holy grail

Dinton are one step away from playing in the National Village Cup final at Lord's under the guidance of skipper Tim Brooker
Dinton are one step away from playing in the National Village Cup final at Lord's under the guidance of skipper Tim Brooker
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Dinton’s most successful ever National Village Cup skipper says his side will not be distracted by the prospect of playing at Lord’s when they play Rockhampton in the semi-final next Sunday.

The Hermits travel to Gloucestershire side Rockhampton for their huge semi-final match on Sunday, the furthest they have ever made it in the prestigious competition.

It means captain Tim Brooker’s side are just one match away from playing at the ground widely regarded as the ‘home of cricket’.

Should they win their date with destiny the Hermits could face either Cleator or Rolleston in the big finale on September 8.

Skipper Brooker could not hide his delight but insisted no-one was getting carried away and thinking they already had one foot on the Lord’s pitch.

“Reaching this stage has been a great achievement by a young team, especially given the manner of the win in the previous round (in the last over).

“We are now fully focussed on Sunday and everyone wants to make the most of this opportunity by putting in another good performance.

“We have a strong squad to pick from and I am confident if we play to our potential we will give ourselves a good chance.

“Rockhampton have home advantage which can be big in this competition however, the Dinton support in the last round was unbelievable and turned it into a home game for us.

“It really helped the boys and it sounds like there are even more travelling this time which is great.

“The whole club has come together during this competition and we hope we can play well on Sunday and give them something to cheer about.”

Supporters coaches left Dinton’s ground off Oxford Road at 9am on Sunday morning.