Classy Roberts puts Dinton through to nationals

Dinton's team and Neil Roberts (inset)
Dinton's team and Neil Roberts (inset)

Neil Roberts struck a classy 46 not out against Stoke Green to see Dinton into the national stages of the Village Knockout at the weekend.

Dinton National Knockout skipper Tim Brooker won the toss on a soft, green looking pitch and asked Stoke Green to bat first.

Faisal Ali and Kelvin Burrows opened the bowling and kept things tight early on and built pressure in the process forcing the Stoke Green batsmen into some aggressive shots.

With the increase in pressure and tight fielding, Dinton took regular wickets and were only halted by Said Ahmed (56).

Spinners proved especially hard to play, with both Alan Massey (3-31) and Archie Hammond (4-41) gaining some impressive turn and bounce to thwart the Stoke Green middle order as the opposition were eventually bowled out in the last over for 168.

Dinton’s reply didn’t start well getting reduced to 55-6, the top and middle order finding it hard to start on a wearing track, which assisted the Stoke Green’s opening bowler’s accurate start.

Shaun Smith (34) was the only player in the top order to get into double figures. Skipper Brooker joined Roberts at the crease and the pair added 47 to get Dinton to 102-7 before Brooker fell to Mooghal for nine.

Joe Wilcox came in to support and he and Roberts added 67 to see Dinton home in the 37th over, Roberts finishing with a fine 46 not out and Wilcox 36 not out.

Dinton won the regional final by three wickets and now progress to the national stages of the competition.