SUNDAY’S Sussex Final of the National Persimmon Village Cup saw Rottingdean shock their Sussex League hosts Glynde in a massive 171-run for the visitors.
It was another terrific win for East Sussex League Division One outfit Rottingdean in their run to the national section of the prestigious tournament won by their opponents in 2009.
For their part, Glynde put in a woeful performance and anybody watching would have thought it was Rottingdean who were the Sussex League team.
Dean, after electing to bat first, enhoyed an opening partnership of 138 between Najmus Jamil and captain Henry Ledden. Jamil was the first to go, but not before scoring 96 off 77 balls, with 13 fours and three sixes. Ledden went on to score 53, whilst younger brother George chipped in with 67 which help set a formidable total. All the Glynde bowlers got whacked round the park with ease and their fielding was very poor as well.
Glynde, in reply, had to go for it right from the first ball, but their innings was torpedoed from the start, and by the fifth over they were four wickets down with only 15 runs on the board. Only Dominic Shepheard, with 42, and Mike Warren (26 not out), put up much resistance as Glynde were bowled out in 29 overs. For Rottingdean Mark Grantham initiated the early fall of wickets and finished with 5-35. He was ably assisted by George Ledden (2-6) and Mark Smith (2-18) who, between them, mopped up the tail.
Glynde’s performance had been in keeping with all their other Persimmon Cup games this season. They hadn’t played well in any of their ties, but this was comfortable their worst performance in a decade. But Rottingdean put in a superb performance and their 171-run win reflected the difference between the two sides on the day.
On Sunday, Glynde will hope to shake off their cup lethargy when they travel to St James Montifoire for a first round match in the Sussex League 20/20 cup competition, having got back to league action 24 hours earlier with a home game against Ifield, where a massive improvement will be needed.
Rottingdean, meanwhile, continue their Village Cup adventure – with dreams still alive of a final appearance at Lord’s – with a home game against the winners of the Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire section, Reed Cricket Club, this Sunday (June 26). The game is being played at Rottingdean Cricket Club’s Falmer Road venue, 1pm start.
All spectators wishing to cheer on Sussex’s representatives in national stage of the Village Cup are welcome.