A CHANCELESS innings of 99 not out from young Tom Wood was the key to Stainsby Hall Cricket Club’s quarter final victory in the National Village Cup last Sunday.
Batting first on an excellent St John’s Road wicket Stainsby were tied down at the start scoring only 20 for the loss of two wickets from their first ten overs.
The score had improved to 60 for two by 20 overs, half-way through their allotted quota. But when Rob Wood joined his younger brother and hit 51 followed by 20 from the same number of balls from Alan Worth, the Stainsby innings closed at a respectable 213 for seven with Tom Wood one short of his century for the second time in the competition.
Worcestershire side Colwall, from near Malvern, were set a target of just over five runs an over and by the half way stage of their 40 overs were behind the clock on 80 for two.
They recovered to get back on track at 145 for four with twelve overs left and it looked like being a very tight finish.
Enter Matt Smith with 4 for 44 to start a collapse which saw Colwall all out for 174 and Stainsby winners by a convincing 39 runs in front of an appreciate and healthy crowd.
The win leaves Stainsby in the competition’s last eight just two games from a final at Lords in September. Their next opponents will be Woodhouses, the Lancashire champions, who hail from next Oldham and the game will take place at Stainsby’s home ground, St Johns Road, Smalley.