Stainsby Hall go for glory in prestigious competition

Rob Wood of Stainsby Hall bowls to Swarkestone's Jamie Guthrie.
Rob Wood of Stainsby Hall bowls to Swarkestone's Jamie Guthrie.

It will be a big day for Stainsby Hall CC on Sunday when they entertain Colwall Cricket Club for a place in the quarter finals of the National Village Cup Competition.

The Smalley-based side are top scorers in the competition this season thanks to a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Leicestershire champions Barnby in the last round.

That win gave them the right to entertain Colwall, the Hereford & Worcestershire champions, on Sunday.

Stainsby will be depleted because the rules state players must have played four games for the club last season.

As a result, there will once again be a number of up-and-coming players looking to enhance their reputation.

Batting has been the backbone of the side and young Tom Wood, just one of four members of this family enjoying his cricket with the club, has top scored with an unbeaten 90 and an 81 in the team’s last three wins, two of which have been over Elvaston and Swarkestone in the Derbyshire County League.

Wickets are pitched at 1pm at the club’s St Johns Road, Smalley, home. A win will put Stainsby within two matches of a final at Lord’s, the home of cricket.