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Calmore Sports cruise into Voneus Village Cup quarter-finals with win over Grampound Road

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Voneus Village Cup last-16
Grampound Road CC 57
Calmore Sports 60-1

VONEUS Village Cup holders Calmore Sports continue to thrive in the competition after storming into the quarter-finals after a one-sided victory against Grampound Road at Loperwood Park.

Calmore's bowling attack was highly effective, and they had Grampound Road all out for just 57. The run chase seemed just as simple for the New Forest side, who took 6.3 overs to secure victory and cup progression.

Calmore Sports will lock horns with familiar foes, West of England Premier League side Goatacre who will be keen to avenge last season's controversial sixth-round defeat when Calmore won by losing fewer wickets in a tied match.

Calmore's Josh Metcalfe (photo: Les Chase)
Calmore's Josh Metcalfe (photo: Les Chase)

After progressing, Calmore knocked out Rockhampton and Slough's Stoke Green before carrying off the trophy at Lord's.

Calmore's passage and that of Goatacre into this year's quarter-finals could hardly have been more contrasting. Having been forced to concede home advantage because their ground was hosting the Cornwall League T20 finals, Grampound Road set off at six in the morning from their Truro base. After travelling 250 or so miles, they were trounced by nine wickets in a sixth-round tie which lasted fewer than 31 overs.

They were skittled for a meagre 57 in the 25th over, with Josh Metcalfe (3-21) and Shawn Johnson (3-19) sharing the first six wickets for 41 runs.

None of the Cornish batters showed any inclination to build an innings, and six were bowled, with several hitting across the line on Calmore's notoriously low bouncing pitch.

Spin trio Ben Perry (2-11), Mark Lavelle and Adam Carty cleaned up the lower order.

It took Calmore 39 balls to complete the formalities; Matt Taylor (26) and Ben Johns (23) finished undefeated after Will Brewster had been caught hooking. They were home and dry in 6.3 overs.

Goatacre, on the other hand, looked set to lose after being dismissed for 125 by South Wales club Pentyrch, who lost four wickets for one run in a dramatic finale, tumbling from 123-6 to 124 all out.

Goatacre's Conor Taylor took a hat-trick with his last three deliveries.

Calmore Sports will host Goatacre at Loperwood Park on 17th July.

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