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Lechlade into final after giant killing
LECHLADE produced a cup giant killing of the highest order as they defeated Premier League side Downend by 169 runs to progress to the clubs first Gloucestershire County Cup Final.
After smashing 252-8 from their 45 overs the home side never gave visitors Downend a sniff of victory as they bowled them out for 83 in the 31st over to ensure their passage to the final.
Arnie Yugaraja stood in as the club’s cup captain for the day and was proud of what his side were able to achieve as they booked their place against Bedminster in the final.
“I couldn’t have asked any more from the boys, and to beat a Premier League team so comprehensively is tremendous,” he said.
“Our batsmen batted as a unit and put the runs on the board and Luke (Sellers) and Paul (Godding) were simply outstanding with the ball. I think we fully deserved our win today and we now have a cup final at the end of the season to look forward to.”
As Lechlade began their innings after being invited to bat first Freddie Martin and Ali Killham put on 58 runs before Killham was out LBW for 22. Asanka Vithanage, promoted up the order to play as a pinch hitter, joined Martin and proceeded to take apart the Downend bowling attack with 61 off 64 balls including four fours and two sixes. The pair built on the good start and had taken the score to 111 when Martin was dismissed for 41 after being caught and bowled by Downend’s Bobby Naemm.
Vithanage was also caught and bowled four overs later, but Lechlade continued to score freely and quickly with quick fire contributions from Ross Jeffels (20) Paul Godding (14) and Joe Griffin (27) to finish on 252 from their 45 overs.
Downend never looked like they were able to challenge the Lechlade total as Luke Sellers and Godding blasted away the Downend top and middle order in a blistering spell of 12 overs, in which the pair took seven wickets for just 36 runs, before finishing them off for only 83.
Proud Lechlade chairman Paul Rowley said. “This has been the clubs most successful season in our 127 year history to date no matter what happens next.
“We have three huge game left this season and I fully believe this team can go on and clinch an unprecedented league and cup double for the club.”
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