Dearne CC’s indoor side are now one step away from an appearance at Lord’s, following a 33-run victory over Stocksfield at the weekend.
Dearne travelled to Yorkshire’s Headingley headquarters as representatives of the Yorkshire Cricket Board, after winning a regional play-off last month.
And after beating Northumberland side Stocksfield, they will now travel to Derby, for the regional finals of the ECB’s National Indoor Club Championships - the winner of which will earn the right to play at the home of cricket.
Against Stocksfield, Dearne lost the toss and were invited to bat.
They were soon in trouble, as Stocksfield found some early swing with the ball and opening batsman Nick Dymock was run out early in the innings.
He was followed shortly afterwards by Mark Williams, who fell lbw, but Liam Mitchell and Joe Cooper continued to build the innings until Mitchell retired on 25.
With Joe Cooper also retiring on 25 shortly after, Dearne’s latter batsmen Greig Batty and Andy Whaley were allowed to take risks with singles which progressed the score.
Whaley and Batty were both run out which allowed Mitchell and Cooper to return for the final balls to close the innings at 120-4 off the allotted 12 overs.
In Stocksfield’s reply they also lost an opening batsman early, caught behind by Mitchell off the bowling of Batty.
Dearne squeezed the runs thereafter, and Stocksfield were never up with the required rate.
A run out by Dymock applied further pressure, but two Stocksfield batsmen worked hard to get to 25 and retire. A further run out by Batty, and a wicket from Williams, brought the two star batsmen back in.
But a further wicket from Batty, and another run out, saw Stocksfield dismissed for 87, to hand Dearne a 33-run victory - and a further chance of glory.
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