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Royal London Club Championship


Round two of the Royal London Club Championship took place on the hottest day of the year so far and was highlighted by two exceptional performances with both bat and ball.

The first of these took place in Norfolk as Swardeston CC of the East Anglian Premier League welcomed Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire Premier League side Ramsey CC to The Common. Former Sussex and Hampshire player Joe Gatting, who made his move to the Norwich based side this season, struck a magnificent 160 not out from just 95 balls and hit the final over of the hosts innings for six 6’s. This impressive feat meant that Swardeston finished on 346-8 despite Sam Latchford taking 5-67 and Ramsey, who caused an upset in the previous round by beating Great Witchingham CC, could not match that performance and were all out for 126.

What could match six 6’s with the ball? A hat-trick, or maybe four wickets in four balls? Well that’s exactly what happened in Lancashire as Ormskirk CC travelled to league rivals Leigh CC from the Liverpool & District Premier League. The hosts chose to bat first and were going well at 131-2 before Tom Hartley got hold of the ball to produce the best ever performance by an individual in this competition. Hartley, who was playing for the Lancashire U15 side two seasons ago, went on to take the remaining eight wickets, including the last four in four successive deliveries, for his best ever figures of 8-30 from 7.4 overs and to dismissed Leigh for 185. However it was a nail-biting finish as Leigh restricted the Ormskirk reply with some excellent bowling but the visitors eventually made it home with four balls and three wickets to spare.

The reigning champions Blackheath CC from the Kent Premier League made their debut in this season’s competition after receiving a bye in the first round and they came through a high scoring match against another Kent side Bexley CC. After setting 267-7 from their 45 overs, thanks to an unbeaten 85 from Warren Lee, Bexley were 200-4 before Lee took two quick wickets to halt their chase as Bexley finished all out for 244.

The 2015 beaten finalists Northern CC also won a close match against Neston CC of the Cheshire Premier League. Neston set the Liverpool & District Premier League side 192 to win and Northern found themselves at 124-6 and then 174-8 but Liam Grey steered his side home with 57 not out to secure a two-wicket victory.

The closest finish of the round came on the Isle of Wight as Ventnor hosted fellow Southern Premier League club Burridge. The visitors chose to bat first and put on 230-9 from their 45 overs recovering from 76-6 thanks to 60 from Daniel Stancliffe. The Ventnor reply was comfortable at 158-4 but wickets soon fell and after Martin Blackman was bowled by James Richards for 89 they were 224-9 but numbers 10 and 11 Nathan Sprengel and Nathan Moore stayed calm to reach their target to hand Ventnor a 1-wicket victory.

Current NatWest Club T20 holders Ealing CC beat fellow Middlesex League side Harrow St Mary’s CC and Ahmed Elech matched the highest score in the competition this season with an unbeaten 170 from 145 balls as his side had a comfortable 121 win while just down the road Niraj Jadav of Finchely CC hit 142 from 107 balls as they beat hosts Shepherd’s Bush CC by 5 wickets.

Bath CC, who made the semi finals of this competition last season, beat another West of England Premier League side Corsham CC by 140 runs with Robin Lett scoring 139 from 106 balls, Corsham’s captain Ashur Morrison hit 112 in their reply and Werrington CC from Cornwall had two centurions as both Ben Smeeth (130 from 109 balls) and Nick Lawson (101 from 63 balls) helped their side to an imposing 377-4 as they beat Truro CC by 148 runs who had Robert Harrison score 96.

Michael Waller hit his second century in two Royal London Club Championship matches this season as he carried his bat to 118 not out from 111 balls in Tunbridge Wells CC 106 run win over Hastings & St Leonards Priory CC.

High Wycombe CC Paul Sawyer took six wickets as his figures of 6-28 from 9 overs helped the Home Counties Premier League side to an 8 wicket win over Oxford CC, Ian Simpson from Longridge CC had figures of 5-16 from 8.1 overs as the Palace Shield Premier League side beat Bolton League side Eagley by 7 wickets and also in Lancashire Chorley CC beat Fulwood & Broughton CC by 7 wickets with Edwin Moulton taking 5-31 for Chorley.


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