Plumpton’s dreams of a Lord’s final in the Yorkshire Tea Village Cup finally came to an end with a four-wicket defeat in the quarter finals on Sunday.
The East Sussex side had found themselves just two wins from a dream date at the home of cricket after making it to the last eight having made it all the way through the regional rounds before beating both Bledlow Ridge and Sibton Park in the national rounds.
But Chris Batchelor’s men were unable to make it into the semis despite having home advantage and winning the toss against Hertfordshire outfit Reed.
Plumpton elected to bat first upon winning that toss – and were made to work hard for every run in the face of accurate bowling and excellent fielding from their youthful visitors. Only Calum Smith, with 31, made a telling contribution as the run rate never reached three an over. Lee Johnson took 3-18 in nine overs and Tom Greaves a superb 3-8 in 6.3 overs.
In reply, Reed were at one stage reduced to 24-3, but a fourth wicket partnership of 54 between Chris Jackson (40 not out) and Stuart Smith (21) put the visitors into a winning position. A couple of late wickets jangled a few Reed nerves but the visitors got over the line, with the winning runs coming in the 33rd over.
Plumpton’s bowling – which has served them so well in this competition – continued to prove difficult to score quickly against, but on this occasion they just couldn’t take the wickets required.
Plumpton club chairman Kelvin Speirs said the players were understandably sad following the defeat but added that the club as a whole was grateful to all those who supported the club on its valiant run.
He said: “A crowd of approximately 300 witnessed the end of our first venture into the national rounds of the competition.
“Thank you to everyone that supported us, particularly those that came to our away games in Buckinghamshire and Kent.”