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'Like kids on Christmas Eve!' Published: 05 September 2013

'Like kids on Christmas Eve!'

The Davidstow Village Cup Final is perhaps the most special annual fixture at Lord's, as cricketers from the lower levels of the game in the UK get their chance to play at the Home of Cricket.

The match is brimming with romance, pride and dedication and for the two teams taking part in the 2013 edition it's is no different.

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Cumbrian outfit Cleator and Gloucestershire's Rockhampton Rams are both competing in the final for the first time, and would also become the first village from their respective county to lift the trophy, should they win.

As Cleator captain David Rooney explains: "The rest of the team are like kids on Christmas Eve!"

Not that it is needed, but Rooney - who has travelled the world watching England but will be making his first visit to Lord's on Sunday - has an added incentive for wanting to bring home the cup.

His father Joe is a Cleator legend, who David followed in the same competition as a boy and who narrowly missed out on the final in 1987 when they went out at the final hurdle.

David therefore has already delivered a piece of Rooney family ecstasy this year.

He added: "At the end of the semi-final I ran to my dad and said 'We've done it, this is for you, I'm taking you and Cleator to Lords!"

For Rams skipper James Williams meanwhile, reaching the final is an accomplishment which can be put down to years of hard work and the community spirit his club fosters.

"As a club we pride ourselves on the fact the majority of our senior teams are made up of home grown players," he said.

"Nine of our starting eleven coming through the club’s youth system."

And Williams has promised "hordes of inebriated villagers" in North West London on Sunday afternoon, as they celebrate the club's finest hour - whatever the result.

"If we do manage to win on Sunday obviously we will be delighted," he added

"But I think the guys that are responsible for the way in which Rockhampton Cricket Club has been run off the pitch for the last 20 plus years should also feel hugely proud of what’s been accomplished as a result."

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