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Home Cleator win Village Cup final
Cleator CC of Cumbria defeated Gloucestershire's Rockhampton Rams by one wicket in a thrilling and tensely fought Davidstow Village Cup Final at Lord's on Sunday 9 September.
The northern finalists delighted a raucuaus crowd of supporters with eight balls to spare in the 40-over encounter, chasing down a competitive target of 193 after earlier slumping to 64/5, thanks to a brilliant spell of 4/35 by Rams opening bowler Will Cartlidge.
An excellent performance by the middle and lower order saw Cleator squeeze home though, with the oldest man on the field - 51-year-old Ian Clark - striking two sixes in his 35-ball knock of 37.
David Rooney, the Cleator captain and number 11, struck the winning runs on his first ever visit to the Home of Cricket - part of a crucial unbeaten knock of ten.
His opposing captain James Williams had earlier starred for Rockhampton blazing a brilliant 57 in 37 balls, with opener Matt Taylor also making a half century.
But it was the West Country supporters who headed home the unhappy side, after one of the most Village Cup finals to have been played at Lord's.
The Village Cup Final