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Stafford: Milford's Lords dream is over

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 08, 2014

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THE DREAM is over for Milford Hall Cricket Club after they lost their Davidstow Village Cup semi final to Woodhouse Grange.

With a trip to Lords as the prize for the victors, Milford were well beaten by the Yorkshire side who have now booked their sixth trip to the home of cricket.

Milford made a positive start with Chris Milward picking up three early wickets to reduce the visitors to 28-3.

But from then on it was the visitors who controlled the game with 21-year-old Tom Young entertaining a crowd of around 300 with some destructive batting, taking the game away from Milford.

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Young and partner Chris Bilton added 220 for the fourth wicket in just 25 overs before Bilton finally fell to a smart stumping by Ben Burrows off Brendan Buchanan for 75. Bilton's knock came off just 87 balls – a reasonable enough rate – but it played second fiddle to Young who hit eight sixes in his 84-ball 155.

Woodhouse Grange eventually reached 298-9 from their 40 overs. Milford's most successful bowlers were Milward who finished with 3-45 and Buchanan (3-53).

Any lingering hopes for the Stafford side received a further set back when opener Harry Flowers fell for a duck in the second over.

There were decent contributions from Paul Hollinshead (33), skipper Matt Cottrell (31), Mark Thompson (30) and Kevin Royce (23) but Milford had no one to match the performance of Tom Young. They were not disgraced but were eventually dismissed for 172.

The previous day Milford had played out a draw in their Birmingham League fixture against Streetly.

Persistent rain forced a delayed start with the game reduced to 33 overs per side.

Streetly batted first, making 137-9, thanks largely to Craig Moore's innings of 59 not out. Chris Milward and Jordan Bulpitt both claimed two wickets for Milford.

Further rain reduced Milford's innings to 29 overs and they took on the initial challenge but no batsman could establish himself at the crease. Wickets fell at regular intervals and eventually Milford were forced to bat out the draw, closing on 81-7.

A few miles away at Brewood, the 2nds had a high scoring draw with their Staffordshire rivals.

Jack Windler (94) and Chris Becker (89 not out) added 174 for the second wicket to help Milford to 237-2 from their 46 overs. Brewood responded with 200-6 with James Banks (107) and Harry Taylor (48) the main contributors. Chris Sedgley took 3-51 and Brendon Buchanan 2-57 for Milford who have now opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the table.

Fixtures scheduled for the 3rds and 4ths were abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Jack Merry (50) and Chris Becker (42 not out) both scored well for Shugborough who made 125-3 in their midweek T20 friendly against Trent Valley but the home side's total of 158-5 proved 33 runs too many.

In the South East Staffs Ladies League, Milford went down to Moddershall by nine runs.

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