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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.

The Second Round of the Royal London Club Championship saw the biggest clubs in the draw make their first steps towards glory. Recent champions South Northumberland, Blackheath, Sandiacre Town, West Indian Cavaliers and York all progressed through but elsewhere there were some exciting finishes and narrow victories.

Horsham CC in Sussex played host to one such match where victory for the visitors was achieved from the most unlikely position. Reigate Priory CC made the short journey across the Surrey border and after choosing to bat first found themselves at 22-4 thanks in part to the bowling of Jonathan Whiting who took 4-16 from his nine overs. Reigate recovered thanks to Angus Dahl who hit 49 but after he was out Reigate were 104-8. The tail frustrated the bowling attack and Richard Stevens (29 not out), Simon King and Ollie Thilo added a further 59 runs before Reigate were all out for 163.

After losing opener Akahji Krishnan with the score on 0, Ryan Maskell (52) and captain Michael Thornley (76) added 146 for the second wicket as Horsham cruised towards their target. But after Maskell and Thornley were dismissed in successive overs, the wheels came off the Horsham innings. They reached 157-4, only requiring 7 runs for victory when Harry McInley and the returning Thilo produced a stunning bowling display. McInley did the early damage finishing on 4-36 before Thilo, an U15 player, claimed a hat trick on his way to figures of 4-30 as Horsham were all out for 162 handing Reigate a one run win.

There were two one wicket victories in Round 2 in Essex and Cumbria. Essex League’s Hornchurch CC scraped past Middlesex League side Southgate CC in the closest of finishes. Hornchurch asked their visitors to bat first and despite Ayush Sahota and Waqas Khan adding 83 for the fourth wicket, Southgate lost wickets regularly and were dismissed for 177 in the 41st over. Hornchurch started their reply poorly and were 26-4 before captain Billy Gordon hit 62. Gordon was out with the score on 120-7 and then Taqi Abbas hit a quick 32 but the hosts still required 20 to win when their last pair came together and overs running out. No. 11 Mehed Khan defied his batting position as he struck two 4’s and a six as he hit an unbeaten 17 from just 9 balls as Hornchurch reached their target scoring 178-9 off the final ball of the match.

Joining them in the Third Round will be competition newcomers Furness CC who hosted Chorley CC. Chorley were dismissed for 126 mainly thanks to Mark Daly’s 5-38 but Furness were trouble at 55-6 and then 87-8 in reply, James Lee doing the damage with 4-14 from his nine overs. Sam Stephens (18) and Jordan Buchanan (21) edged the host close to their total when Stephens was out LBW with just two runs required but Buchanan helped edge Furness over the line to reach 127-9 to book a place in the Third Round.

The best bowling figures of the round and the competition so far in 2017 was claimed by Harry Bates of Sileby Town CC. The Leicestershire & Rutland Premier League club travelled to Birmingham Premier League side Walsall CC and hit an impressive 304-9 from their 45 overs, opener Luke Gale scoring 112. Walsall’s Dannyjo Cox (61) and Mike Hingley (88) scored well, both being dismissed by ex-Leicestershire player and Sileby captain Jigar Naik, but it was Bates who was a constant thorn in the hosts side. Opening the bowling he removed Walsall captain James Middleton and Daniel Betty before returning to take the final five wickets to finish with figures of 7-54 as Walsall were all out for 239. There were a further five 5-wicket hauls taken in Round 2.

Marcus North showed his class as he carried his bat to an unbeaten 164 as South Northumberland CC took their first steps towards trying to retain the title they won last September by beating Yorkshire Premier League North side Sheriff Hutton Bridge CC by 136 runs. This was the highest score of Round 2 but there were another 10 centuries made including two in the game at Stone CC, when they narrowly beat Nantwich CC by 11 runs, Sam Graham scoring 131 for Stone and 118 for Nantwich’s Ryan Brown.