The first national round took place on Sunday. Below is a round-up of the events from all over the country.
The unfortunate Find
Findon vs Rowledge – (W Sussex v Surrey)
Batting first, Rowledge made 162 all out with only three batsmen reaching double figures. Pick of the bunch being tailender Steven Martin, who contributed 42 before being Findon bowler Sam Dunkley’s second wicket en route to figures of 3 for 18. Aside from the batsmen, an extras total numbering 35 helped create a defendable score for Rowledge.
Findon made heavy weather with many batsmen failing to score at a rate of one-a-ball. Restricting spells from Christopher Yates and Ollie Baker hindered Findon’s progress as they eventually finished on 159 for 6, falling only 3 runs short of Rowledge’s total. Rowledge progress to face Mayfield at home.
Glapwell Colliery vs Newtown Linford – (Derbyshire v Notts)
Glapwell Colliery tussled with Newtown Linford on Sunday and came off a close second best. Having posted 241 for 7, they would have been confident defending six an over. Losing to a chasing Newtown Linford by a single wicket in the final over however brought about heartbreak for Glapwell. The chase was anchored by 16-year-old opener Dylan Church who made a sparkling unbeaten 108, ably supported by his opening partner Craig Chapman, who made 60. The win sees Newtown Linford progress into the next round to face Pelsall.
Five of the best
Shrewton vs Marshfield – (Dorset & Wilts v Gloucs)
A display of wild hitting was on display in this rather one-sided affair on Sunday. Marshfield at 30 overs looked to be on course for an average total until hitting of the highest order from David Jenkins and Jeremy Bond among others scored a staggering 125 of their last 10 overs. The formidable total of 265 always looked challenging for Shrewton to chase and from a promising start at 75 for 1, they fell to 92 for 5 and finally crashed to 175 all out. A brilliant spell from Alastair Christie of 5 for 35 and three wickets in a single over led to Marshfield’s advancing into the next round.
A Welsh tale
Bronwydd vs Colwall – Midlands
A routine Colwall victory was nearly derailed this weekend. Defending a total of 155, Bronwydd nearly chased the total through Colwall bowling display which allowed 35 runs in extras to be scored. Colwall did manage to hold their nerve however with a good death-bowling performance by Ben Febery en route to figures of 3 for 32 triumphing over Bronwydd’s tailenders. Colwall move on and face Fillongley in round six.
Worlington (Essex and Suffolk) continued their impressive form with a victory of Langleybury (Beds & Herts). Worlington, who could feasibly be playing in the East Anglian Premier League next year, put 270 past the team which knocked out last year’s champions Reed. They prevailed by 38 runs after bowling the oppo out for 232. Worlington face 2016 finalists Foxton of Cambridgeshire in the next round.
Fillongley (Warks) were made to work hard for their away win against Worcestershire’s Hagley. The home side batted first and posted a daunting 279 with Joe Lennon scoring 121 from 99 balls. They were restricted somewhat by the bowling of Ahsan Sayed who claimed 4 for 45 coming on as the sixth bowler. Sayed would go on to have a further say in the match, finishing the innings on 97 not out as his team went over the line. He was able to build on the strong base of his top 3; all of whom made contributions of 30 or more. Fillongley host Colwall in round six and will enjoy a home draw for as long as they are in this year’s competition.