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'Cheer us on to semi-finals'

Captain Graham Ford is hoping the community come out this weekend to support Worlington in their latest bid to reach a Lord’s final.

LAST EIGHT: Worlington are in the quarter-finals
LAST EIGHT: Worlington are in the quarter-finals

Ford’s men have already made club history in this year’s National Village Cup, with their victory over Foxton a fortnight ago sending them into the quarter-finals of the competition for the very first time.

They are now just two games away from an outing at the home of English cricket, the first of which pits them at home against Sussex League outfit Mayfield on Sunday (1pm).

A healthy crowd was in attendance to see Worlington get over the line versus Foxton, with Ford eager to see even more turn up to lend their backing this time around.

“It is a really big day for the club and that is not lost on the players,” said the skipper.

“There was a decent crowd for the Foxton game, and it probably helped they were local to us.

“It seems our run has stoked up plenty of interest from other sides in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, but also elsewhere in the Two Counties.

“Teams in Essex are starting to take note and hopefully that is the case again on Sunday.

“We have been playing really well in the competition, as well as on Saturdays, and the lads would love to play in front of a big crowd.

“It is a quarter-final, so it is going to be tough – the more support we have to get us over the line, the better.”

With the carrot of a Lord’s final now dangling tantalisingly close in front of them, the Worlington squad could be forgiven for getting carried away at the prospect of fulfilling a potential once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

However, for Ford it is very much a case of business as usual, as is the case on Saturdays, despite Worlington looking a good bet to win the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One title.

“It is game by game. We do not want to look too far ahead and get carried away, that is dangerous,” he added.

“Lord’s is not really in our thoughts. We have to get through this first and after that hopefully get a home semi-final. How good would that be?

“You cannot afford to look too far ahead because it can all end quickly.

“It is the same in the league. It looks good now, but a poor result or two and things change. The time to reflect is when the job is done.”

Ford’s brother Richard, who captains the Saturday side, will miss out through injury.