Dinton motor past Bentley to secure place in last 16

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Dinton are into the last 16 of the National Village Cup following Sunday’s three-wicket win over Essex-based Bentley.

Bentley batted first on a good pitch but in overcast conditions at Oxford Road, it was Dinton who hit the ground running with a lively opening spell by Kelvin Burrows.

He worked over left-handed opener Borden before having him trapped plumb leg before wicket, and backed up by Mo Ur-Rehman, who removed Bentley captain P Coleman in the next over, Dinton had made an excellent start.

A stand of 72 between Johnson (60) and S. Coleman (25) for the fourth wicket, typified by excellent running, kept the visitors in the game.

Dinton’s bowling and fielding remained excellent, however, and when the partnership was broken by Will Fisher (3-35), wickets fell at regular intervals with Bentley finally bowled out for 166.

Kelvin Burrows finished with the excellent figures of 3-32 and Alan Massey, who picked up late wickets, took 3-23 that helped keep Bentley down to a below par score.

In reply, despite some positive strokeplay, Dinton lost early wickets to loose shots and it was left to Mark Ludlow (30) to steady the ship with newfound composure, batting sensibly and punishing the bad balls.

Hero from the previous round, Matt Kelloway, was also going nicely at the other end and when he was joined by Kelvin Burrows, the game turned firmly in Dinton’s favour.

Previously struggling for form, Burrows smashed the ball to all parts in a rapid 35, which along with Kelloway’s well-crafted 40 saw Dinton reach their target with four overs and three wickets left.

Dinton travel to Mayfield CC in Sussex for their last 16 clash on July 10. The club may be putting on a supporters coach, if interested contact Pete Ludlow on 07525 672336.

Dinton also took to the field on Saturday for a rain-shortened match against Tiddington in Cherwell Division One.

Persistent drizzle reduced the match to 25 overs per side and a poor fielding display from Dinton allowed Tiddington to score 141-9 batting first.

In reply, missing three of their usual top four batsmen, Dinton got off to a poor start and found themselves 35-4.

Dinton were eventually bowled out for 130 , falling 11 runs short despite an excellent 46 from Mark Ludlow.

Dinton fall to third in the table ahead of a visit to Aston Rowant this Saturday.