The second round of the Royal London Club Championship saw the reigning champions dumped out of the competition while the fourth double century of 2015 was struck as the rain stayed away to allow a full round of fixtures to take place.
The big story of the round was Sandiacre Town being knocked out. The 2014 winners received a bye in round one and hosted Leicestershire & Rutland league side Loughborough Town in round two but found an in-form Alex Baum turn the game the way of the visitors. After being asked to bat, Sandiacre Town scored 196-9 from their 45 overs and were restricting their opponents well at 33-3 but Baum, batting at 5, struck an unbeaten 101 from 88 balls, including 7 sixes, to guide his team into round three by five wickets with 15 balls to spare.
Niraj Jadev smashed 200 not out from just 125 balls as his Finchley side racked up 356-3 against Essex Premier League’s Chingford. The Middlesex County League team were put into bat and after a reasonable start, Jadev came to the crease at 49-2 before the onslaught began. In reply Chingford’s captain Ben MacGregor hit 105 but his side could only reach 232-9 in a game that saw nearly 600 runs scored.
Three batsmen hit their second centuries of the competition this season. In Kent Hartley County Club’s James Hockley hit an unbeaten 104 as his side beat Brighton & Hove from the Sussex Premier League. Surrey Championship’s Sutton managed 184 but captain Garth Davson hit 106 of those in his team’s defeat to another Sussex side Roffey and Ben Ashdown of Spondon from the Derbyshire Premier League hit exactly 100, as did his opening batting partner Joshua Brear, as they beat Moddershall from the North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Premier League by 171 runs.
Ynysygerwn of the South Wales Premier League suffered a change for fortunes. In the first round they hit 373/2 but in round two they travelled to Bristol and after seeing their hosts hit 211-9 they were dismissed for just 42, Rhys Williams (5-13 from 7 overs) and William Rudge (5-27 from 7.3 overs) doing the damage that saw the Welsh side all out in just 14.3 overs.
Williams’ figures were only beaten in round two by Stone’s Steve Morgan. The North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Premier League reigning champions beat Birmingham & District Premier League’s Tamworth by 34 runs thanks to Morgan’s 5-11 from 8 overs.
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