Sunday saw the two clubs destined for Lord’s realised as the semi-finals took place on August 6. Astwood Bank hosted reigning champions Sessay, but were unable to resist the Yorkshirmen’s force, succumbing by 80 runs. Sessay posted 221-8 batting first. Astwood Bank got off to a steady start, but eventually fell for 141, sealing Sessay’s third trip to Lord’s in this decade, and an appearance by a Yorkshire side for the fifth time in six years.

Down south, Reed of Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire hosted Oxfordshire powerhouses Aston Rowant. This promised to be a scrumptious tie, both teams have looked the part on their way to the semi-final, however, in the end it was relatively one-sided affair: Aston Rowant were bowled out for 105 in pursuit of Reed’s 179. Reed’s Tom Greaves and Richard Wharton both scored 48 for Reed, which proved to be the major difference between the two sides.

Both Sessay and Reed will now be preparing for the trip to the home of cricket on September 17th. With both finalists recent winners (Reed won in 2012), they will know what is required to lift the Village Cup at HQ.

If you wish to support the teams on the day, tickets are available on the gate at Lord’s. Adults £13; children & concessions £6.50