The Cricketer National Village Cup

North Perrott 227 beat Frocester 226-9 by 1 run

NORTH Perrott are two wins away from Lord’s after holding their nerve to beat Frocester by one run in a thrilling last 16 tie on Sunday.

Having won the toss and opted to bat first in Gloucestershire, Perrott lost George Retter (9) with the score on 23 before Gordon Whorlow and Jamie Baird put on 136 for the second wicket.

Baird was first to his fifty and Whorlow followed soon afterwards, only to depart for 56 as Ashley Davis claimed the first of his four victims.

Baird went on to 84 before he fell to Davis and skipper Jake Symes’ quickfire 32 from 22 balls made up for a lack of contributions from the lower order as Perrott reached 227, losing their last five wickets for 17.

Frocester made a steady start in reply, reaching 50 in the 11th over for the loss of just one wicket.

Two quick wickets reduced the hosts to 87-3 but opener Callum Gegg remained the key man as he passed a half century.

Perrott kept chipping away through Retter (1-49), Whorlow and Sam Rowswell while Lorraine Szczepanski (0-26 off eight) gave little away.

Rowswell (3-42 off eight) picked up the key scalp of Gegg for 98 to leave the hosts 175-7, but a fine 37 from Sam Birch kept Frocester in control.

He fell to Whorlow (2-40 from eight) with four runs still needed, which became three from the final ball.

The hosts could muster just a single as Whorlow held his nerve to set up a trip to Sarisbury, near Southampton, in the quarter-final on July 21.

WEPL Premier 2 Bristol/Somerset

North Perrott 250-7 beat Weston-super-Mare 104 by 146 runs

NORTH Perrott prepared for their National Village Cup victory by thumping Weston-super-Mare in Premier 2 Bristol/Somerset on Saturday.

Gordon Whorlow’s patient 65 provided the cornerstone of the home side’s innings, with George Retter firing two fours and two sixes in his 42 off 40 deliveries.

Jack Henderson (30) also scored at better than a run-a-ball, as did Jake Symes (21no) and Sam Rowswell (24no) at the death as Perrott finished on 250-7.

The key moments in the reply came in quick succession, as Stacy Hawes (2-23) removed former and current Somerset players Rob Turner (19) and Peter Trego (0) to reduce Weston to 37-3.

The visitors never recovered as Whorlow (2-32) and Matt Pardoe (4-20) kept the pressure on and dismissed Weston for 104, with only Shabil Ahmed (35) displaying much in the way of resistance.

This Saturday, North Perrott travel to Bishopston.