Park’s dream of Lord’s ends in last 32

Clive Tong at the crease for Crowhurst Park against Middleton on Saturday. Picture by Simon Newstead

Clive Tong at the crease for Crowhurst Park against Middleton on Saturday. Picture by Simon Newstead

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Crowhurst Park’s dream of playing at Lord’s in the National Village Cup final is over.

The East Sussex area champions exited the prestigious knockout competition in the last 32 after being beaten away to Buckinghamshire-based outfit Dinton CC on Sunday.

Park got themselves into a good position with the bat, passing 100 from 22 overs with Martin Barry (75) in fine form. However they couldn’t build on their start, ending their innings on 169. Dinton reached their target with around 12 overs to spare.

“It’s a shame, but it was a good venture,” Park skipper Colin Ayres said. “We certainly weren’t embarrassed, but Dinton were one of the better sides we’ve faced this season in all honesty; they were a solid all-round side.”

Dinton will face Middleton - who Park beat in Sussex Cricket League Division Two on Saturday - in the next round. Middleton, incidentally, were comprehensive 106-run winners over Wheathampstead in their last 32 clash.