The Voneus National Village Cup is the grassroots competition that, for 50 years, has embodied every village cricketer’s dream to play at Lords. The dream is still alive at Aston Rowant after a crushing victory in The Oxfordshire Semi Finals at home to Minster Lovell last Sunday.
Quote of the day: “Winning doesn’t really matter as long as you win”.
The 2021 dream of a trip to Lords ended in The Oxfordshire Final to a team that you just must hold your hands up to and say they were better than us on the day. Entering the game as underdogs and with the pressure all on Horspath our lads done the club proud and put in a committed performance albeit coming up short on the day. Choosing to bat first we restricted Horspath to 80 for 5 in the 26th over. Excellent opening spells from Alex Chapman, 6 overs for 20 runs and Anton Eisner 6 overs 1 for 18, followed by the stand-out bowler of the game, Ben Porter who returned our figures, 8 overs 2 for 16, being the main reason we held a tight grip on our opponents. What can be said as the match winning partnership of the game was when the hosts Tom Coleman and Patrick Foster joined forces at the fall of the 5th wicket. Coleman and Foster both struck half centuries in a partnership we were unable to break finishing the Horspath innings with 197 on the board.
It was then time to get the pads on and go about chasing down the score. Horspath produced a great spell with both openers on the money that ripped out our 4 with only 27 on the board. A tough but gettable total still was achievable especially on a small ground and when Thad Cooper and Will Dobson came together the achievable looked very achievable as they patiently set about rebuilding our innings, putting a partnership together. The home umpire then ripped the heart out of our middle order making 3 quick fire LBW decisions one of which would probably have been a wide that young Tristan Rossouw was the victim of. A great cameo at the end as Ben Knowler had some fun hitting the 3 biggest bombs of the day all out of the ground finishing on 29, being the last wicket to fall, with us short of the target.
Not the result we wanted, we’re sorry for that but truly grateful to all the travelling supporters that came over to Horspath to watch. We know how much this tournament means to the club and most of its members. We hope we’ve done the club proud and we will be back next year to fight once more. #NVKO2022
MOTM – Horspaths Umpire.
Whisky of the day – Glenfiddich.
Ben Porter: 8 overs 2 for 16.
Alex Chapman: 8 overs 0 for 32.
Will Dobson: 30.
Ben Knowler: 29.
Tim Morgan, Thad Cooper, Sasha Barras, Will Hammersley, Oli Shaw, Tristan Rossouw, Ben Porter, Anton Eisner, Will Dobson, Ben Knowler, Alex Chapman.
Umpire: Colin Muttitt.
Scorer: Dave Ridgley.
A massive thank you to Mr & Mrs Muttitt who have very kindly given up their Sundays to umpire and score for us during our spell in this year’s NVKO and what a grand job you’ve both done yet again.