CUCKNEY moved one stage closer to the final of the Cockspur Cup after beating Broomleys by 40 runs on their home turf at Coalville.
The final will now be played at a neutral ground (yet to be decided) on Sunday, where they meet Chesterfield after the Derbyshire side beat Northants winners Oundle Town due to a faster run rate.
Will Butler won the toss and chose to bat first. Butler’s decision to bat first proved correct as opener Will Ullyott hit the ground running scoring five fours and finishing off with a six in the first over.
He didn’t add to his score and was duly caught at square leg in the second over, but his short but sweet 26 set Cuckney on the right track.
A sharp shower pursued which took the players off the pitch and the umpires chose to play 19 overs each. Cuckney were 64 for 2 after 8 overs at the enforced break.
Left hander Nick Langford assembled the same score as his team mate after the re-start. Tom Ullyott went one step further than his brother Will by running up 50 in 33 balls. Will Root (17) and skipper Will Butler (20) added to the score giving Cuckney a reasonable total of 165 for 5.
Broomleys made steady progress before Richard Bostock caught Broomleys’ opener Mitchell Cook off the bowling of Keiron Garside.
At the halfway point Broomleys were 76 for 2, five runs behind Cuckney’s run rate.
The spin of Ian Parkin helped dismiss Broomleys with figures of 3 for 20.
Richard Bostock assisted with some disciplined bowling that prevented Broomleys getting the boundaries they required. Broomleys fell for 125 all out giving Cuckney a win by 40 runs.
A thunderous downpour halted the second semi-final of which Chesterfield defeated Oundle Town,having a better run rate.
Should Cuckney overcome Chesterfield next Sunday,they will play on 19th August in the regional (Midlands) final, which in turn the winners will play live on Sky Sports on September 5th at Edgbaston.