‘We won’t get complacent in historic Village Cup semi-final’ says Dinton skipper

Dinton Village Cup captain Tim Brooker
Dinton Village Cup captain Tim Brooker

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 have seen off all-comers so far in the prestigious competition and made it further than ever before by booking a place in the semis with a win over Essex side Mistley.

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

The famous ground hosts two Tests every summer – including the first Test of the summer – plus two One Day Internationals.

But also on the annual list of fixtures is the final of the National Village Cricket competition which will include Dinton this year should they see off Rockhampton of Gloucestershire in the semi-final on August 11.

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.

“Mistley were by far the best team we have come up against in the competition,” Brooker said.

“We were behind pretty much throughout the game but the team spirit is unbelievable and really got us through. There were some massive performances with the players refusing to be beaten and really stepping up when it mattered.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the team and the phenomenal travelling support from Dinton who made it an unforgettable day for the club.

“This is the first time the club have reached the semi-finals so we can be proud however, we won’t be getting carried away and will be 100% focused on the next game looking to put in another good performance.”