PLUMPTON Cricket Club are in unchartered territory after making it into the second national round of the Yorkshire Tea Village Cup.
They are now just three wins away from a trip to Lord’s after comfortably beating Buckinghamshire outfit Bledlow Ridge on Sunday, in the first round since the prestigious competition for village cricket sides went from the regional to nationwide stage.
Plumpton won the toss and elected to bat on a flat but slow track. Although they lost an early wicket, a run rate of four an over saw the visitors on 87-2 at the 20-over point. The innings was built round an 86 from George Martin and useful contributions from the middle order, particularly from Calum Smith (20) and Glyn Wells (33 not out), which saw saw the run rate increase to just over five an over, eventually posting a competitive 204. In reply, the home batsmen could not come to terms with the accuracy of the Plumpton bowling attack. The opening pair of Derrick Taylor (3-7 off nine overs) and Paul Brinkhurst (2-18 off nine) applied the early pressure and this was continued by Paul Edmunds (1-16 off six) and Smith (2-15 off 5.4 overs).
Bledlow Ridge never got the run rate above two an over and this inevitably led to some rash shots and a couple of run outs as the innings limped to a conclusion.
Plumpton now look forward to a visit to Kent side Sibton Park in the last 16. That game takes place on July 15, 1pm start.
The full draw for the national second round, according to the competition’s website (all ties scheduled for July 15), is: Freuchie or Woodhouse Grange v Sessay; Streethouse v Northop Hall or Burneside; Carew or Water Orton v Bretforton; Cropston v Quatt; Paultons v Goatacre; Apperley v Wraysbury; Sibton Park v Plumpton & East Chiltington; Reed v Mistley.
With West Sussex group winners Findon going out at the National round one stage, Plumpton are the only Sussex side left in the competition.
Yorkshire Tea Village Cup
National Round One
Plumpton 204-6 (40 overs)
Bledlow Ridge* 59 (29.4 overs)