A fine bank holiday weekend also saw the penultimate round of the regional groups in this year’s Watsons Village Cup. With only two games left between the remaining sides and unknown lottery of the national rounds, there were some fine performances across the country.

While the longer weekend might have left some with a heavier head than usual, there were no such problems down in East Sussex for Glynde and Beddingham in their tie with Crowhurst Park. Alex Thornhill (100*) and Archie Burrows (128) put on 200 for the first wicket and helped set an imposing total of 319, which was enough for the win.

For Milford Hall Christopher Becker carried his bat for 105* as they chased down 213 against Pelsall – hitting a six to win the game and bring up his century.

It wasn’t just the batsmen who enjoyed the extended weekend frivolities. Ben Brown took 5 for 15 off six overs as Wolviston Bowled out Bates Cottage for 66 in their victory, to take them through to the Group 2 regional final.

The performance of the round actually comes from a member of one of the losing sides. Hethersett & Tas-Valley opening batsmen Ian Bryce scored a valiant 151 off 123 balls – including 15 fours and seven sixes. Having been set 313 (including 104 from Alex Hooley) it was always going to be an uphill battle. So it proved, as they fell short, all out for 237. However Ian’s knocked was deemed good enough to be nominated, not just by his own side, but specifically by the opposition. Must have been good!

As winner of the performance of the round Will receives a specially engraved Gunn & Moore cricket bat customised to show his performance. Additionally, all the round winners will be invited to our factory in Nottingham, when not only will they see for themselves the GM bat making process, but also the 2017 Performance of the Season will be named with the winner receiving a Gunn & Moore kitbag, including bat, pads, gloves and helmet.