Runs flowing freely in the National Village Cup for Worlington batsman Craig Estlea
Batsman Craig Estlea is in the form of his life in the National Village Cup, and he is hoping that it helps to lead Worlington all the way to Lord’s.
Estlea produced knocks of 173 not out and 87 in the opening two rounds of the competition as Worlington defeated Matching Green and Little Bardfield Village respectively.
And he was back among the runs during Sunday’s 79-run triumph at the expense of Chappel and Wakes Colne, scoring 136 runs off just 57 deliveries.
The result saw Worlington progress through to the regional final against Woodham Mortimer on June 9, leaving them five victories away from the final at the home of English cricket.
Worlington fell at the quarter-final stage last season, but their in-form batsman believes they can go further this time around.
“The team and myself have scored a lot of runs in the competition this year, especially at home,” said Estlea, whose competition average for 2019 stands at 198 runs.
“I have never been in this sort of form in this competition and probably not in any other competition either.
“I have had those type of scores over the course of a season before, but never in three games in a row.
“I missed the quarter-finals last year but the lads felt it was a game we should have won. We were missing two or three players and that cost us a little bit.
“If we can get our full strength side out for every round then we have a good chance of going the whole way.
“You need a little bit of luck along the way as well, but ability wise there is enough quality in the squad.”
Twenty-four hours earlier Estlea was bowled with 22 runs to his name, but it did not stop defending champions Worlington (254) from recording a commanding 129-run win over his former club Woolpit (125) in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One.
After a losing start to the new campaign it is now three wins on the bounce for fourth-placed Worlington, who find themselves 15 points adrift of league-leading Wivenhoe Town.
Estlea added: “It took a little while for us to click as a team at the start of the season and we missed opening bowler Charlie Tunstall after he moved on during the winter.
“But the performances and the results are coming now.
“We lost our first game last season but then won something like 14 in a row and that set us up to win the league.
“It would be nice to win the league again but it will be tough – there are some good sides in it this year.”
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