Cookham Dean through to Village Cup national rounds after victory over Wraysbury

Keith Higgins

Greg Davis took two impressive catches and scored 24 runs.

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Cookham Dean are through to the national rounds of the Voneus Village Cup after securing a narrow four-wicket win over Wraysbury in the Berkshire final on Sunday.

Having won the toss, the hosts put Wraysbury into bat and initially made some inroads, taking two early wickets.

However, a fine partnership of 61 between Dan Ward (40) and Jayesh Mohan (53), who both scored at more than a run a ball, threatened to take the away side towards a formidable total.

However, an excellent spell of bowling by 17-year-old Will Dempster destroyed Wraysbury’s middle order. He took four wickets for just 11 runs in his allotted seven overs, including the vital wicket of Mohan, to wrestle back control for Cookham.

With good support from Shahzad Ashgar, who took 3-33, Wraysbury collapsed from being 104-3 to 144 all out in 32 overs.

The bowling attack was supported by some fine fielding by the home side, with Greg Davis taking two great catches and wicket-keeper Rob Mettler diving to take a sensational one-handed catch off Dempster.

Dean’s reply was soon in choppy water, with the hosts crumbling to 39-4 despite a solid 22 from captain Ben Millar. Dempster (20) and Davis (24) steadied the innings but at 104-6 Wraysbury were very much still in the contest.

Asghar then joined Sohil Mangat in the middle and the pair batted sensibly to settle any nerves. Having come through a pressured period, Dean relaxed in the final overs and won the game in spectacular style, smashing three boundaries in the final over to clinch a four-wicket win with just over three overs remaining.

Waqas Khan and Andy Prasad were the pick of Wraysbury’s bowling attack, taking 1-17 and 1-18 respectively from their eight overs.

Dean now progress to the fifth round where they’ll meet a team from another county. The game is scheduled for Sunday, June 20.

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