TATTENHALL are now within four wins of a trip to Lord’s after beating Northop in the Clwyd and Cheshire final of the National Village Cup on Sunday.

The tie, which had been rescheduled twice, was played at the Cherry Hill ground near Malpas, rather than at the Flacca, due to a combination of fixture congestion and bad weather.

Skipper Roy Sandford won the toss and put Northop in to bat on a lively pitch. The Flintshire side could not handle Andy Morris, who bagged four wickets from his nine overs.

Northop accelerated their scoring rate during the middle of their innings but were all out for 130.

In reply, Tatts got off to a bad start when captain Sandford was dismissed in the fourth over.

But they soon recovered thanks to a superb innings from Graham Harper (68), who played some excellent shots despite the bowler-friendly conditions.

Harper continued to play aggressively and was supported by a useful contribution from Ian Richards (29) as Tattenhall won with 133-3.

Tattenhall host Lancashire League outfit Woodhouses this Sunday in the national round of the competition, which culminates in a Lord’s final at the end of the season.