Clubs chasing Lord’s glory in Voneus Village Cup

DUMBLETON travel to Astwood Bank on Sunday for the Worcestershire final of the Voneus Village Cup where the prize will be a place in the last 32 nationally.

On the same day, Frocester will entertain Painswick in the Gloucestershire final while Aston Ingham will fly the flag for the Gloucestershire County League away to Brockhampton in the Herefordshire & Powys play-off.

The final takes place at Lord’s on September 15.

UNDERDOGS Golden Hill eased into the regional final of the ECB National Club Championship with a statement six-wicket home victory over Bristol.

The Premier One visitors were restricted to 183-9 from their 40 after winning the toss, opener Nic Halstead Cleak (84) and Louie Shaw (36) top scoring.

Home captain Daz Ahmed led the attack with a return of 3-30 while Haseeb Noori (2-42) and Toheed Hamid (1-16, all from eight) also kept the pressure on.

In reply, Golden Hill – who missed promotion to the top flight last year by the skin of their teeth – lost a couple of early wickets before Ahmed steadied the ship with 51 from 47.

And an excellent unbeaten partnership of 90 between 17-year-old Archie Newton (55 from 44, including three fours and five sixes) and Cyrus Shafi (39) then saw Golden Hill through.

Next up is a home final on June 16 against Penzance for a place in the last 16 nationally.

VENUES have now been announced for the four second round WEPL T20 qualifiers which will eventually produce a winner progressing through to the first national round of the ECB Club T20.

The Gloucestershire group will be based at Gloucester with Frocester, Painswick and Tewkesbury also bidding to progress, while Bedminster will host the Bristol group with Twyford House, Golden Hill and Bristol CC the other qualifiers.

The Wiltshire group play off takes place at Swindon with Potterne, Bristol West Indian Phoenix and Chippenham also fighting it out.

And Wembdon hosts the Somerset pool which also includes Bath, Bridgwater and Clevedon.

Straight knock out matches are due to take place on June 23, with the winners progressing through to WEPL finals day on July 14, at a venue to be announced.

Main image courtesy Aaron Parsons Photography

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