Destination Lord's: Elvaston CC only three games away
Official Charity of The Davidstow National Village Cup, Lord's Taverners' aim is to boost 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.
After a 500 mile return journey it was a tired but jubilant Elvaston CC who returned in the early hours of Monday morning after beating Cresselley CC in the last 32 of the Davidstow Village Cup and are now only a tantalising three matches away from a final at Lord's Cricket Ground in September.
As with many rounds of the Village Cup, it's a true journey into the unknown with very little information on hand about opponents; the only known fact on hand about Cresselley was that they had scored a very impressive 274 runs in the last round of the cup as they beat bitter local rivals Carew.
Elvaston skipper Gareth Charlesworth won the toss and elected to bowl, a decision fully backed up by his bowlers as they not only restricted their opponents to 166 but bowled them out in the 39th over. The Elvaston opening batsmen Elliott Lawley and Nick Briars then proceeded to dismantle the Cresselley bowling attack; Lawley scoring 106 not out and Briars, out for 44 being caught on the boundary going for a 6 to seal the win and reach his 50. Lawley then hit the winning runs as Elvaston reached 170 for 1 in the 23rd over.
As the winning run was hit and cheered on by the jubilant Elavston supporters who had made the journey, planning was already underway for the next round on Sunday 6 July when Elvaston have an easier journey down to Weekley near Kettering as they continue their pilgrimage to a Lord's final in September.
Find out more about the 2014 Davidstow National Village Cup at www.thecricketer.com/villagecup.aspx