The fourth round of the Royal London Club Championship enjoyed sunnier skies on Sunday 21st June as the group finals took place around the country with the final 32 teams trying to book a place in the fifth round.
Following a Jonny Bairstow inspired England win at Durham on Saturday, the match of the round was to be found just up the road in Newcastle as South Northumberland welcomed fellow North East Premier League side Chester Le Street. With some early rain the match was reduced to 42 overs per side and the visitors chose to bat first. After losing Chris Martin early, Chester Le Street reached 103-2 thanks to Andrew Smith (41) and Simon Birtwisle (36). Three quick wickets, including two in two balls for David Rutherford, pegged Chester Le Street back to 115-5 before captain John Coxon (48) and later Josh Wilson (50) helped the Durham side to 227-9. In reply South Northumberland also lost an early wicket but a second wicket partnership of 86, dominated by ‘keeper Robert Peyton and supported by Adam Heather helped the hosts to 94-1 before Heather was stumped off the bowling of Wilson for 22. Peyton continued to a near run-a-ball 78 before being caught behind off the bowling of Birtwisle before captain John Graham took over the run chase. Graham saw batting partners come and go but kept the scoreboard ticking over before he was caught and bowled by Wilson for 65. Michael Craggs and Andrew Doig required 10 from the final over and 3 to tie (and a win on wickets countback) from the final ball but they could only manage 2 as Craggs was run out chasing the third run, leaving South Northumberland one run short on 226-8 and Chester Le Street progressing to the Last 16.
Joe Barrett hit the highest score of the round with 130 from 127 balls as Bath thrashed West of England Premier League rivals Bridgwater by 190 runs. After setting Bridgwater 302 to win, Lloyd Davies ripped through the visitors top order with four wickets to put them at 23-5, a position from which they never recovered. Kimberley Institute’s Sam Johnson hit 109 from 108 balls to help his Nottinghamshire Premier League side to victory over the current league leaders Caythorpe by 130 runs, Tom Rowe weighing in with 4-49 to help secure the win. The only other century in the group finals was made at Sussex Premier League’s Roffey as Josh Fleming carried his bat to an unbeaten 100 not out to help his side to a comfortable 8-wicket win over Guildford of the Surrey Championship, who earlier saw Jack Cunningham hit 95 in a 151 run partnership with Ben Walker.
There were no five-wicket hauls in the fourth round but 10 players took four wickets, half of which were achieved in a losing cause. The best of these were Charlie Griffith 4-21 for Brentwood as the Essex Premier League side comfortably beat Southgate by 105 runs, while Russell Spiers matched those figures as his Kibworth side were beaten by East Anglian Premier League leaders Swardeston by 53 runs.
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