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Royal London Club Championship

Welcome to the competition pages for the Royal London National Club Championship 2014. The full draw, fixtures and results can be found by clicking on one of the buttons below.


The Royal London Club Championship reached the Last 16 stage on Sunday and despite two of the eight fixtures falling foul of the rain, there were six other excellent matches played around the country.


The best of these were at Liverpool & District Premier League side Northern who welcomed Walmley of the Birmingham & District Premier League to Moor Park. Northern last reached this stage of the competition in 2011 but were National Club T20 Finalists in 2012 so have some pedigree in recent ECB National Club competitions and they came out on top of this clash, but only just. Northern chose to bat first and what followed was a series of small partnerships and most batsmen getting in with without anyone imposing themselves on the game. This was mainly down to some disciplined bowling from Greg Ricketts (3-24 from 9 overs) with only Thomas Bailey (51 from 67 balls) reaching a half century as the hosts reached 196-9 from their 45 overs. In reply Walmley lost dangerman Oli Hairs, who was man-of-the-match in the 2012 Final for York, for 24, one of Tomas Sephton’s three victims (who also took 3-24 from his 9 overs), but found themselves at 155-4 and in the driving seat. However the introduction of Jack Woosey into the bowling attack changed the outcome of the match as Walmley were reduced to 171-8, Woosey taking 3-36 from 6 overs. Thomas Bailey bowled excellently at the death and the Walmley tail couldn’t get him away resulting in them coming just two runs short of the target and it is Northern that head into the Quarter Finals.


In South West London the 2013 runners up Ealing were comfortably knocked out by Surrey Championship side Sunbury. The Surrey side batted first and after finding themselves 7-2 and 42-3, John Maunders (who finished with 68 from 118 balls) and Rhythm Bedi (48 from 61 balls) added 101 for the fourth wicket. After Bedi was dismissed Robbie Hughes and Kevin Smith added some impetus to the end of Sunbury’s innings as they ended on 214-5. The Ealing reply started well with the Wilkin brothers Oliver (28 from 23 balls) and Mylo (20 from 25 balls) made a rapid start to the reply at 47-0. Unfortunately for the Middlesex League side when they were both dismissed within an over and this opened a floodgate of wickets, with Maunders doing damage with the ball with 4-18 from 6 overs as Ealing crumbled to 103 all out.


League form was turned on its head as bottom placed Hastings & St Leonard’s Priory beat leaders Roffey in this all Sussex Premier League clash. Roffey put the hosts into bat and Hastings made steady progress throughout their innings, captain George Campbell bucked the trend and added some quick runs and top scored with 49 from 43 balls as the home side made 205-9, Tom Barnes had best figures of 3-37 for the visitors. In reply Roffey were in disarray as they twice lost three quick wickets, going from 18-0 to 18-3 and 56-4 to 58-7. At 129-9 most would have thought the game was up but Mark Pavlovic had no such thoughts as he made a one-man assault on the Hastings bowlers. Joined by No. 11 Barnes, who finished on 0 from 14 balls, Pavlovic smashed 73 from 68 balls including 6 sixes to spark thoughts of the impossible happening before being run out by Freddie Hulbert as Roffey were all out for 184.


Staffordshire played host to North Staff & South Cheshire leaders Stone playing against Derbyshire Premier League second placed team Sandiacre Town and it was the Derbyshire side that booked a Quarter Final place. Stone chose to bat first and were indebted to Daniel Lunn’s 63 not out from 70 balls as only four batsmen reached double figures in their 174 all out, captain and opening bowler Daniel Wheeldon returned to clean up the tail and take 4-28 from his 9 overs. In reply Sandiacre Town found themselves in a difficult position thanks to some excellent bowling from David Womble (3-29 from 9 overs) and Steve Morgan (2-15 from 9 overs) left the visitors at 81-5 but John Trueman’s unbeaten half century, supported by 39 not out from Wheeldon, saw his side home with 20 balls to spare.


Elsewhere Northern Premier League’s Chorley squeezed past Cheshire Premier League side Bowdon by two wickets. Bowdon were restricted to 160-6 from their 45 overs but Chorley, who last won this title in 1996, had Billy Smith to thank as he guided his side home with just two balls to spare. And in Cornwall, runaway Premier League leaders St Just welcomed West of England Premier leaders and it was the Gloucestershire side that came back with a win by 5 wickets as they dismissed their Cornish hosts for 157 and comfortably reached their target with more than 14 overs remaining.


The two fixtures that were rained off, York v Chesterfield and Cambridge Granta v Brentwood, will both try again on Sunday 20th July to see who can join the other winners in the Quarter Finals.