Thirty years since Valley’s Lord’s victory

Forge Valleys victorious National Village Cup team line up before their final win against Welsh side Ynysyggerwn at Lords on Sunday August 24 1986
Back left to right, Stephen Glaves, Martin Wall, Robin Potter, Mick Glew, Andrew Grayson, Chris Ridsdale, John Sowden, Eddie Wilmore
Front left to right, Dave Pettitt, Nigel Pettitt, Martin Shepherdson (Captain), Dave Hartley, Dave Northgraves, Tim Elliott
Forge Valleys victorious National Village Cup team line up before their final win against Welsh side Ynysyggerwn at Lords on Sunday August 24 1986 Back left to right, Stephen Glaves, Martin Wall, Robin Potter, Mick Glew, Andrew Grayson, Chris Ridsdale, John Sowden, Eddie Wilmore Front left to right, Dave Pettitt, Nigel Pettitt, Martin Shepherdson (Captain), Dave Hartley, Dave Northgraves, Tim Elliott

Wednesday marked the 30th anniversary of Forge Valley’s famous National Village Cup win at the Home of Cricket Lord’s.

Valley hung on for a five-run victory against Welsh side Ynysygerwn on Sunday August 24 1986.

In front of 3,000 supporters, Ynysygerwn were left needing six to win off the final ball of the day with John Sowden bowling.

The delivery was glanced down to fine-leg andthe Welsh batsman was run out, handing Valley the win.

Martin Wall (24) and Chris Ridsdale (41) got Valley’s innings off to a good start and number three Andy Grayson kept the momentum going with a crashing 29 as they posted 170-9.

The Welsh side began well but Steve Glaves’ spell of 3-43 and skipper Martin Shepherdson’s 2-21 halted their progress.

Valley kept it tight and managed to hold out in a dramatic finish.

Skipper Shepherdson said after the final: “I’m shattered, I feel totally drained.

“I’ve been here twice before (with Scarborough CC), but to lead a winning side at Lord’s is something else.”