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Ealing and Cavaliers to contest NCC final

There will be a new name on the ECB National Club Championship trophy in 2013 after Ealing and West Indian Cavaliers booked their places in the final.

Three-time runners-up Ealing defeated Swardeston by seven-wickets at Corfton Road, while the Cavaliers - beaten semi-finalists in 2003 and 2011 - recorded a four-wicket home triumph over South Northumberland.

The final will take place from 11am on Sunday 15th September at the Emirates Durham ICG, with free entry for all spectators.

After losing the toss at Ealing, Swardeston put on 44 for the first wicket but then lost wickets at regular intervals as the miserly Chris Peploe returned 3-11 from eight overs.

Some run-a-ball hitting by George Walker and captain Mark Thomas provided late impetus to the innings but Swardeston were all out in the 44th over for a below-par 192.

Ealing lost Ahmed Elech and Luke Stoughton cheaply, but a third-wicket stand of 80 between opener Chris Wakefield and Mylo Wilkin steadied the ship.

Wilkin fell to Peter Lambert for 31 but Wakefield would not be shifted and shared an unbroken partnership of 95 with Peploe to usher in victory with more than 15 over unused.

Wakefield finished on 88 from 82 deliveries, while Peploe’s contribution was 53 not out off 43 balls.

At Nottingham, South Northumberland quickly found themselves 13 for three upon winning the toss.

A patient rebuilding process followed, underpinned by skipper John Graham who eventually accelerated to 85 from 100 deliveries.

Graham’s fifth-wicket alliance with Adam Cragg, who scored a brisk 47, added 90 and helped South Northumberland to 205 for seven from 45 overs.

Yet that total was soon made to appear insufficient as Akhil Patel and Sadiq Hassan shared 77 for the Cavaliers’ first wicket at a run a ball.

The openers departed in quick succession and South Northumberland were able to make four further breakthroughs, but Usman Afzaal held the innings together with an unbeaten 53 and the Cavaliers reached their target with 19 balls to spare.

Ealing v Swardeston scorecard

West Indian Cavaliers v South Northumberland scorecard


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