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Royal London Club Championship

FINAL FOUR KNOWN AFTER QUARTER FINALS

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Sunday saw the Quarter Finals of the Royal London Club Championship taking place with the four winners progressing to the Semi Finals on Sunday 30th August.

Blackheath in South East London played host to the closest finish as the home side took on East Anglian Premier League leaders Swardeston and the visitors chose to bowl first. Blackheath top order batted well against some good bowling and captain Chris Willetts enjoyed a partnership of 79 with Michael Thornley and after Willetts was dismissed, Thornley put on 50 with Dipayan Paul to put the hosts on 162-2. Thornley was out for 58 but Paul hit 56 off 52 balls before becoming the first of Matthew Taylor’s three victims being the pick of the Swardeston attack with 3-35. A late flurry of wickets as the Kent Premier League side tried to up the run rate, including two run outs by Taylor, saw the innings finish on 230-9.

The Swardeston reply started well as opening pair of Peter Lambert and Jordan Taylor put on 55 before Lambert was out for a quick-fire 38 from 30 balls. Three more wickets followed as the visitors found themselves at 75-4 and after James Hands had Richard Sims caught and bowled, they were struggling at 100-5. However, Jeremy Elliott and Matthew Taylor recovered the Swardeston innings brilliantly and at a good pace and put on 98 before Elliott was bowled by Warren Lee for 51 from 49 balls. With the partnership broken, Blackheath sensed their chance and Hands took the key wicket of Matthew Taylor (56 from 47 balls). Thomas Mees finished off the tail to dismiss Swardeston for 220 in the final to secure a home Semi Final tie.

In that Semi Final Blackheath will host Bath who will have another trip down the M4 after enjoying their visit to Sussex in the Quarter Finals against Roffey of the Sussex Premier League. Bath were invited to bat first and had Seb Benton to thank as his performance held together the West of England Premier League sides innings. Benton fell agonisingly short of a century as he hit his highest score of the season of 98 from 95 balls. To show the importance of Benton’s performance, only two other batsmen made more than 20 as Roffey took wickets at regular intervals and shared the wickets around as Leigh Harrison, George Fleming, Alex Collins and Daniel Smith all took two wickets as Bath finished on 221-9 from their 45 overs.

The hosts reply started poorly as both captain Josh Fleming and Mike Norris were dismissed by Lloyd Davies to leave Roffey 10-2. Theo Rivers helped the recovery hitting 47 but after he was caught and two quick wickets Roffey found themselves at 106-6. It was Rohit Jagota, supported by Smith, that swung the game in favour of the Horsham based side again with a partnership of 74 but Adam Kelly then removed both batsmen in successive balls, Smith caught for 28 and Jogota bowled for 59 from 52 balls. That left too much for the tail to do and Bath dismissed Roffey in the final over for 197.

In the other semi final, Northern from the Liverpool & District Competition will host Chester Le Street from the North East Premier League who both enjoy more comfortable wins in the Quarter Finals. Northern hosted Nottinghamshire Premier League leaders Kimberley Institute and made 200-9 mainly thanks to opener Davy Smith who held together the Northern innings with 87 from 110 balls, George Bacon impressed with the ball taking 4-50. The Kimberley innings suffered a bad start with both openers dismissed by Stephen Cole and despite contributions from tom Rowe (37 from 44 balls) and Bacon (39 from 48 balls), the Northern bowlers impressed, Tomas Sephton’s 2-14 from 9 overs the standout performance. Kimberley were all out for 164 giving Northern a 36 run victory.

In the North East, Chester Le Street put Cheshire’s Bowdon to the sword as their batsmen hit an impressive 311-8 after choosing to bat first. Opener George Harrison hit 87 from 117 balls and was supported some quick scoring by fellow opener Simon Birtwisle (52 from 43 balls), Andrew Smith (46 from 34 balls) and Chris Martin (40 from 33 balls). Bowdon were always behind the run rate following some disciplined home attack bowling but it was Gareth Wade (3-57) who removed the middle-order and Birtwisle (4-29) who dismissed the final four batsmen as Bowdon were all out for 157.