03:00PM, Thursday 15 July 2021
Leading Stoke Green CC to a Julian Cup triumph could well be the start of a lucrative week for Sukh Dhillon as the captain has one eye focused on his side’s quarter-final clash in the Voneus Village Cup this weekend.
Green secured their place in the last eight of the competition after securing a 41-run victory over West Chiltington & Thakeham on Sunday and will travel to Cambridgeshire to take on Foxton on July 18 next.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Buckinghamshire-based outfit got off to a sluggish start, slipping to 77-4 after 18.1 overs before Gagan Singh and Pavinder Bhachu exploded into life.
The duo struck 145 runs in a little over 19 overs to carry their side to 222-4 before Bhachu was removed by Martyn Swift in the 37th over.
Gagan and Gurveer Singh added a further 24 runs off the final 16 balls as Stoke Green finished on 246-5.
In reply, West Chiltington suffered their own slow start, dropping to 64 for 4 before a 38-run stand between Ben Lucking and Oli van Noort pulled them into a three-figure mark.
Van Noort continued to carry his side’s innings, sharing a 74-run seventh-wicket stand with Swift, but his efforts were ultimately in vain as West Chiltington lost their final four wickets for 28 runs, finishing on 205 all out.
After the match, Green’s captain Dhillon said: “To get to the national quarter finals is incredible. We’re pinching ourselves that we’ve made it this far in the competition, especially going up against some of the teams we have done.
“If we win tonight. in the Julian Cup, it will give us great momentum to take into a really important weekend.
“We are also second in the league so it could be an absolutely phenomenal week for the club.
“In the space of four days, we could be on another level.
“The confidence the lads will get from these matches will be great too, especially going into the rest of the league season.
“We will make sure to enjoy the games we have ahead of us and try not to put too much pressure on ourselves,” added Dhillon.
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