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Royal London Club Championship
       

Welcome to the competition pages for the Royal London National Club Championship 2017. The full draw, fixtures and results can be found by clicking on one of the buttons below.

ROUND ONE HIGHLIGHTS

The Royal London Club Championship returned last weekend for the 2017 season and the First Round was full of the usual close finishes and touches of individual brilliance throughout the country. Dry conditions were welcomed across England and Wales as clubs started on their hopeful journey through seven knockout rounds to the final in September at the Cloudfm County Ground in Chelmsford, home of Essex CCC.

The closest finish of the First Round came in Yorkshire as Sheriff Hutton Bridge CC and Richmondshire CC both scored 251 from their 45 overs, Sheriff Hutton Bridge winning by virtue of losing less wickets, 7 compared to 8, meaning Richmondshire’s captain Gary Pratt’s 121 was, just, struck in vain.

Over the Pennines in Lancashire, St Anne’s CC also came out on top of a nail-biter when they hosted fellow Lancastrians Read CC. The visitors scored 182 in their innings and St Anne’s found themselves up against it at 119-8 before Mitch Bolus and Matt Yeadon edged them closer to their target. Bolus was dismissed with the hosts still requiring another 39 runs but Yeadon was joined by final batsman Matthew Grindley and it was Grindley who struck 5 fours in his 25 not out from 20 balls who helped see St Anne’s into Round 2 by just one wicket.

Nantwich CC from Cheshire also enjoyed a one wicket win as they sneaked past Sentinel CC from Shropshire. Sentinel were all out for 164 and Nantwich were at 43-5 before wicketkeeper Alex Paterson came to the middle and did an excellent job of marshalling the tail. Wickets kept falling and when last man Shaneil Patel joined Paterson, Nantwich still required 17 to win. Patel stuck around and scored 2 from 14 balls while Paterson reached an unbeaten half century to guide his team to victory with just 3 balls to spare.

There was also a one run victory in the First Round at Stretford CC in Manchester as they welcomed Wallasey CC and it was the visitors that came out on top. Wallasey reached 163-9 from their 45 overs and at 119-1 Stretford looked comfortable in their chase, however after three quick wickets followed by a run out, Wallasey had hope. At 143-5 Stretford still held the upper hand but another run out was then followed up by the returning Matthew Keogh, who took the final four wickets to ensure Wallasey just made it through to the Second Round.

Shepherds Bush CC had a comparatively more comfortable win as they beat Spencer CC by two runs. Marcus Howard scored 98 not out as Shepherds Bush reached 216-6. Spencer got close to their target thanks to 74 from Archie Macpherson but he was the last wicket to fall as Ian Massey took four wickets and Spencer were dismissed for 214.

Bath CC Sam Mount scored an unbeaten double century as his 206 not out from just 123 balls helped his side reach 357-4 against fellow West of England Premier League side Keynsham CC as Bath won by 187 runs. Mount carried his bat in an innings containing 27 fours and 6 sixes to be the highest score of the round.  

Despite still being April there were some batting friendly conditions around the country and the first round saw 22 centurions, including 179 by James Thompson for Kent’s Hartley County Club CC in their 242 run victory over Three Bridges CC from Sussex and 170 for Leighton Buzzard Town CC Philip Whatmore. Leighton Buzzard Town were involved in a high scoring encounter as their 348-4 was nearly matched by Oxford CC, who came up just short 343-8 from their 45 overs, captain John Barratt scoring 129 for Oxford.

Batsmen didn’t have it all their own way as some impressive individual bowler performances also did some damage. Two bowlers managed to get six wickets, Daniel Davies from Firwood Bootle CC took 6-22 as the Wirral side beat Highfield CC by 5 wickets and Twickenham CC dismissed another Middlesex League side Eastcote CC for just 49 where Carlos Nunes took 6-25 as the hosts won by 10 wickets. There were five other 5-wicket hauls, the most impressive of which came at Thames Valley League’s Beaconsfield CC as Harry Stephen’s 5-9 from his 9 overs to help his side to a 6 wicket victory over Hertford CC.