The business end of the Watsons Village Cup is firmly with us. Sixteen team became eight last weekend with newcomers, old-timers and all in between squeezed through into the quarter-finals. Below is a round-up of some of the standout ties of the round.
Reed v Mayfield (Beds & Herts v East Sussex)
Mayfield have looked strong all year and their bowling duo of James Allen and Jack Skinner have been written about on this site for their 30 wickets at 7.73 apiece. They could not however pull their side through against 2012 winners Reed. While the pair claimed 3 for 47 from 15 overs combined, Reed chased down the 166 required with two wickets remaining – No.8 Mitchell Cooper scoring a run-a-ball 33 helping his team over line.
Aston Rowant v Rockhampton (Oxfordshire v Gloucestershire)
Aston Rowant have looked strong this year, and a special performance from Sasha Barras ensured they were able to progress past Rockhampton. His 7 for 31 earned him the GM Performance of the Month award which you can read about here. The performance allowed the home side to restrict their opponents to 151, which was comfortably negotiated, Rowant losing only two wickets.
Bledlow Village v Horndon on the Hill (Bucks v Essex & Suffolk)
One sensed this would be a big-scoring game, though sadly for Horndon and surely spectators, it was only one side who were able to scale the heights. Bledlow, whose ground is known to be one of the smaller ovals in the competition, were able to rack up 319, though Horndon were able to take all 10 wickets. Horndon, who brushed off a chase of 323 while only losing two wickets in the regional stages, could only muster 180 in reply, bowled out inside the 35th over. Harry Bartlett’s 79-ball 141 was the difference between the two sides.
The quarter-finals will take place on July 23rd, you can read the preview here.