The quarter-finalists have been decided. Only eight teams are left to fight it out for the final at Lord’s. Below is a round-up of the results from the last 16.
Liphook & Ripsley CC beat Oxford Downs CC by 71 runs
Liphook & Ripsley entered this game after a thorough demolition of Cookham Dean in the previous round. They picked up where they’d left off, trouncing Oxford Downs by 71 runs.
Suman Ganguly (87) and wicket-keeper Grant Rouse (66) were the key culprits with the bat, both batsmen striking at more than a run a ball. Together they formed the bulk of Liphook’s total of 238.
With the ball it would be Harry Munt and Dave Elliot that came to the party as they took three wickets each. Munt finished proceedings with the wicket of Jonny Law, sealing Liphook’s progress into the next round.
Fillongley CC beat Colwall CC by 2 wickets
After falling to Astwood Bank CC at the last 16 stage last year, Fillongley CC erased their past demons to triumph over Colwall CC by two wickets.
Colwall were put into bat, and opening batsman Fergus Cameron was eager to make Fillongley pay for their decision. Cameron anchored the innings with 67 from 104 balls but struggled to find any real support from the rest of the batting line-up, as Colwall slumped to 99 for 7. James Febery joined Cameron to help resurrect the innings, scoring 61 to help Colwall finish their innings on 215 for 9. Ahsan Sayed was the pick of the bowlers for Fillongley, picking up 4 for 27.
Sayed was intent on making it his game, cracking 72 from just 64 balls for his side. It was his second consecutive match where had taken four wickets and scored a matchwinning fifty for his side. Despite a valiant all-round bowling performance by Colwall, Fillongley just managed to get over the line and send themselves into the quarter-finals.
Pelsall CC beat Newtown Linford CC by 35 runs
Pelsall batsman Jake Lee was the star of the show, as his innings of 97 took his side to a 35-run win over Newton Linford.
While Lee fell three runs short of a century, he departed having done some serious damage. He blasted three sixes and 11 fours, as Pelsall finished their innings with a strong total of 287.
Darren Bulpitt’s 102 was not going to be enough for Newtown as they were outdone by a sterling performance from Danny Pennell in the field. Alongside his three wickets, Pennell inflicted a run-out and caught opener Dean Scaysbrook off the bowling of Todd Henderson.
North Perrott CC beat Marshfield CC by 21 runs
Marshfield entered the last 16 with a dominant 90-run win over Shrewton. Unfortunately for them, they came up against a North Perrott side unwilling to depart the tournament just yet, as they scrapped to a 21-run victory.
Captain Jake Symes was the top-scorer for North Perrott, raising his bat for a half-century as he took his side to 188 from 40 overs.
Lewis Hunt was the star bowler on display, taking the first four wickets of the innings as he dismantled the Marshfield top order. That signalled the end of Marshfield’s hopes, despite a valiant 54 from David Jenkins.
Mayfield CC beat Rowledge CC by 21 runs
An outstanding all-round performance by Mayfield captain Robert Sharma was the difference between the two side, as Rowledge succumbed to a 21-run defeat.
Sharma won the toss and decided to bat. When opening batsman Harrison Tagg departed first-ball, Sharma could have been left ruing that decision. Instead he decided to lead from the front, top scoring for his side with 45. Mayfield finished 151 all out with one ball of the innings left to spare, as Ollie Baker picked up 4 for 20.
Rowledge’s innings was to be disrupted by some excellent bowling from Sharma, who picked up 4 for 15 from 7.3 overs. Joynal Ahmed proved to be a strong supporting act, finishing with 3 for 27 from his eight overs. Sharma earned the GM Performance of the Round award as a result.
Worlington CC beat Foxton CC by 35 runs
Worlington eased to a 35-run win against Foxton on the back of an excellent 130 not out from James Watson.
Watson cracked 19 boundaries and two sixes from 103 balls, taking his side to 288 from 40 overs. He was ably supported by Charlie Tunstall, who scored a quick-fire half-century.
Tunstall followed up his batting with a decisive bowling performance, picking up 3 for 51, as Foxton’s top order faltered. Despite some lower-order resistance, Watson’s innings ensured a place for Worlington in the next round.
Falkland CC beat East Ardsley CC by 75 runs
Scotland’s Falkland cruised to a quarter-final spot as they defeated the visiting East Ardsley by 75 runs.
Falkland won the toss and chose to bat first, with Graeme Watson’s 74 not out the key innings, as they finished on 215 for 6. East Ardsley failed to threaten Falkland’s total, much of that down to the excellent bowling of Lyle Robertson, who finished with figures of 3 for 25.
Folkton & Flixton beat Broadbottom by 1 wicket
The full report for this match can be found here.