The only way is Essex for Dinton as Village Cup history beckons

Dinton's successful Village Cup team and captain Tim Brooker (inset)
Dinton's successful Village Cup team and captain Tim Brooker (inset)
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Dinton Cricket Club stand on the brink of history when they bid for a place in the semi-finals of the National Village Knockout Cup today (Sunday).

Dinton are enjoying a brilliant run in the prestigious competition and take on Mistley CC in Essex in the quarter-finals this weekend.

Cricket - Dinton CC's Tim Brooker

Cricket - Dinton CC's Tim Brooker

The side, led by Tim Brooker, has seen off all-comers so far with emphatic victories at Dinton.

Now the only way is Essex for the Hermits if they are to make it to the semis for the first time in their history but Brooker admits his side are in for their sternest test yet.

“We know it will be a tough game as they seem to be doing well in their league and beat Rowledge in the last round who are a decent side,” Brooker said.

“We have been in great form in the cup so far ourselves and we will just be looking to put in another good performance as in the previous rounds.

“With the talent in our side and the excellent team spirit if we play to our potential we will give ourselves a great chance.

“The club have never been past the quarter-finals so it is a great opportunity for the boys and I know they are all looking forward to the challenge.

“There are a good number of supporters travelling and as they have home advantage the support from Dinton will really help the boys and we hope to do them proud.”

The club has arranged a supporters coach for the game which left Dinton at 9am.