Woolpit aiming to reach last eight of Village Cup

June 29, 2023

WOOLPIT Cricket Club will this weekend attempt to move to within two wins of a Lord’s final.

Having already gone further than ever before in the Voneus Village Cup, Suffolk’s last remaining side will be aiming to reach the last eight when they entertain Stoke Green on Sunday.

Their 40-overs-a-side tie at Rectory Lane, which starts at 11am, will see the two sides face each other for the second time in three seasons, Stoke Green winning at the last 32 stage in 2021.

The Buckinghamshire visitors will face a Woolpit side who have reeled off some impressive victories as they have progressed through five rounds of the competition so far.

After receiving a walkover against Cavendish in the first round, Woolpit defeated Easton at home by 67 runs in round two, Kane Munday making 115 off 94 balls and Kian Flannagan taking 4 for 19.

That was followed by a 92-run success, also at home, to Essex side Abberton, Adam Coombes scoring 64, Flannagan 55 not out and Stuart Lilley claiming 3 for 26.

Away in the fourth round to another Essex side in Great Waltham, who are from near Chelmsford, Woolpit won by 44 runs, Flannagan top-scoring with 93 not out off 83 balls and Marcus Packer making 76 off 65.

A home tie followed in the fifth round versus Belhus from South Essex, Woolpit again winning by 44 runs thanks to a run-a-ball 81 from Lilley, 51 off 62 from Jonty Le Compte and Will Parker’s 44 not out from 25.

Captain Jon Block (pictured above), who returned figures of 3 for 34 in the last round, said: “We look forward to a good crowd coming down to Rectory Lane to get behind the team and hopefully see us over the line into the last eight of the competition.

“The game itself we know will be a good test against a strong opponent in Stoke Green from Buckinghamshire, having lost to them in 2021 in the last 32.”

Stoke Green saw off Norfolk side Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers in the last round by 11 runs.

Woolpit CC President Dr Richard West MBE added: “It is absolutely brilliant that we have reached the last 16.

“I am looking forward to a close exciting game of cricket on Sunday and hopefully a Woolpit win. It would be great if we could get a decent crowd to cheer the team on.”


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