The dream ticket to a Lord’s final is now one step closer for two teams, as the National Village Cup has its four semi-finalists. The quarter-finals saw four action-packed affairs. Here is a round up of the action that took place on the 23rd July.

Aston Rowant v Ynystawe (Oxfordshire v Glam & Gwent)
Rowant won the toss and chose to bowl, and they were up for it from the get go. Ynystawe’s opener Tom Blake was run out without any runs to his name, and it set the tone for the rest of the innings. The wickets were shared by the Rowant bowling attack, strangling Ynystawe to a total of 141 from their 40 overs. It was never going to be enough as Rowant cruised towards their target. While skipper Timothy Morgan played patiently for his 37, Christopher Watling appeared to be in a more entertaining mood, hitting eight boundaries and a six to finish on 59 not out, sealing his side’s place in the semi-finals.

Bledlow Village v Reed (Bucks v Beds & Herts)
Reed won this tournament back in 2012, and it appears they’re eager to win it once again. Bledlow Village were made to rue their decision to bowl first as Reed unleashed absolute fury on the Bledlow bowling attack. Sean Tidey thoroughly enjoyed his time out in the middle, launching six sixes in his 75. A little cameo of 26 from 9 deliveries by No.10 Karl Ward meant that Reed finished on a strong total of 227 from their 40 overs. Reed’s opening bowler Jack Tidey ensured that Bledlow never stood a chance. He took a liking to knocking over the stumps of the Bledlow batsman, finishing with figures of 5 for 21. Bledlow could only manage a total of 85, handing Reed a crushing victory.

Langtons v Astwood Bank (Leics, Notts & Lincs v Worcs)
This was a tight nail-biter between two sides whose performances thus far indicated that they were worthy quarter-finalists. There was little to separate both sides. When Astwood bowled out Langtons for 161, they would have felt confident of reaching their target with few bumps in the road. What ensued was a nerve-wracking finish. It would be Astwood that would prevail, winning with just two wickets in hand.

Sessay v Hawk Green (N Yorks North v Cheshire & Clwyd)
This was a rather one-sided match-up as Hawk Green failed to give a good account of themselves. Sessay batted first, racking up a score of 214. Hawk were never truly in the match, crumbling to 64 all out.