The vitality T20 plate run continue for Pershore CC after they beat South Wales Cricket Association opponents Llangennech CC by 7 wickets in their National Quarter Final.
Having already achieved success at the local level winning the Worcestershire T20 competition, this QF victory means Pershore now set their sights on South of England finals day on Sunday 22nd at Wokingham CC.
The atmosphere at 'The Bottoms' on Sunday was brilliant with many home and travelling supporters, hoping to see their teams triumph.
Llangennech CC captain J. Taube won the toss and elected to bat on a fresh, hard and fast batting track. First small victory to Llangennech.
However it wasn't long until the momentum swung back in Pershore's favour with an early breakthrough. A. Hill removing dangerous captain Taube. Tight bowling from Hill, Green, Kirby and Miles saw the total reach 72-2 off 12. With the inning evenly poised a total of 140+ looked possible. Pershore were exceptional in the middle overs removing both ‘set' batsman N. Richards (38) & H. Jones (24) and taking a further 4 wickets. Bowlers D. Critcher 3-11, G. Kirby 1-15 & S.Miles 2-13 took all the attacking intent away from the innings leaving the away side 93-8. Opening bowler M. Green returned picking up a wicket and with a last ball run out Llangennech had set a total of 96 all out off 20 overs.
Pershore went about their chase in a positive fashion taking 8 off the first over with two powerfully hit boundaries from M. Green. The loss of a wicket in the following over resulted in a more cautious approach to the Powerplay . Pershore reached 34 before the final ball of the Powerplay saw them lose M.Green for a run a ball 19.
Captain C. Ridings and C. Norton then set about achieving the victory total of 97. In form Norton took charge of the partnership, playing in his stylish and powerful way, while Ridings attempted to complement him by ticking the strike over. The pair took the total to 87 amounting a 50 run partnership before Ridings was removed.
A. Hill joined Norton to see the Pershore boys home to victory with Norton reaching an unbeaten 50.
Walking off as winners was great for the Pershore players, who were able to share the day and events with many of the Pershore members, supporters who over the last 2 years have really ensured the club can continue to be successful.