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Village Cup reaches Lord's Published: 09 September 2010

Cricketers from Shipton-under-Wychwood and Sessay will swap the village green for the Home of Cricket when they contest the npower Village Cup Final on Sunday 12 September.

There will be live audio commentary of this match available, free, online on Lords.org, as well as within the Ground on headsets which may be borrowed by blind or partially sighted spectators.

The annual competition to crown the finest team from the lowest rung of the cricketing ladder reaches its climax at Lord’s, with Oxforshire's two time winners Shipton taking on Yorkshire's Sessay.

Lord’s takes pride in hosting matches at every level of the game and the Village Cup takes place just eight days prior to England’s 4th Natwest One Day International with Pakistan.

Spectators will also be able to perambulate (walk on the outfield) during the lunch interval, adding to a unique day's cricket.

Shipton search for a hat-trick

The Oxfordshire club have a rich pedigree in the competition, lifting back-to-back trophies in 2002 and 2003 after finishing on the losing side back in 1997.

Oscar winning director Sam Mendes is the club’s most famous ex-player and was a part of the team which won the 2002 competition.

But despite many of the side having tasted victory at the Home of Cricket, vice-captain Ian Lewis said that excitement among the players was as heightened as ever.

"It’s an amazing day for everyone involved with the club." said Lewis.

"When we first went there we were told that we would be treated the same as an international team and we didn’t believe them but it’s true.

"Some of us have experienced it before but there is nothing quite like the feeling of winning at Lord's, I can't really describe it."

Flintoff's back for more

For Sessay’s elder statesman John Flintoff the game carries extra meaning.

The 54-year-old was a part of the squad which made the final in 1976 but injury forced him out of the final as the North Yorkshire side lost to Troon.

Sessay have not been back since and, though captain Stephen Langstaff admitted his men start as underdogs, his team are determined to enjoy their day at Lord’s and put Flintoff’s "34 years of hurt," to an end.

He said: "Everyone involved with the club is really excited, it should be a fantastic day."

"Shipton probably start as favourites but we’re going to enjoy the experience and hopefully that will mean we can win the game."


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