Destination Lord's: Elvaston Cricket Club
The first round of 2014 Davidstow National Village Cup took place on Sunday 27 April with our chosen 'Destination: Lord's' team Elvaston Cricket Club, based in Derbyshire. Official Charity of the Cup Lord's Taverners' aim is to boost the the profile of clubs participating in the Cup, Elvaston CC will be followed until they are knocked out of the tournament or lifting the trophy at The Home of Cricket.
It was mighty close but Elvaston CC scraped through with 2 balls to spare against Brailsford in their all Derbyshire Village Cup encounter. Elvaston, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Village Cup win, looked to be cruising to victory as they put on 77 in 15 overs for the 1st wicket chasing a modest 184 but the next 15 overs saw them only add a further 36 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. It was left to skipper Gareth Charlesworth to steer his side home in the company of 3rd team captain Jonny Ball promoted to the 1st XI for the day. Ball, also known as the Miracle Man, was true to his nickname as he ran for his life when called for quick singles by the skipper.
Elvaston fielded a very young team including 15 year old Matt Clarke and 18 year old Mathew Heafield and no-one older than 28 in the whole team. Heafield also had the company of his wicket keeper brother James (the brothers had the day before made their first appearance together for the 1st XI).
Elvaston's adopted motto for this season is 'United we believe - together we achieve', the mass of supporters who had travelled to watch were sceptical at first but are starting to believe. Could a return to Lords be on the cards?
Simon Thomson, Elvaston captain in that 1994 cup winning side, in a classic poacher turned gamekeeper move, is now on the Derbyshire umpires list and was handed this game as one of 2 umpires. Thankfully, nothing controversial was called for.
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Find out more about the 2014 Davidstow National Village Cup at www.thecricketer.com/villagecup.aspx