The final round of MCCA Trophy group games took place yesterday, yielding the following quarter-finals to be played on June 16: Hertfordshire v Cambridgeshire, Northumberland v Norfolk, Berkshire v Cornwall and Shropshire v Wales Minor Counties.
Berkshire saw off Wales Minor Counties at Mumbles to ensure qualification from Group Four. Jack Murphy’s 4-44 limited Berkshire, for whom Richard Logan struck 57, to 177 all out in 49.3 overs, but the hosts were then dismissed for 169 with 22 balls unused.
Buckinghamshire secured third in Group Four with a 95-run beating of Dorset at Tring. Nineties from Rob White and Michael Payne underpinned a strong 270 for five before the visitors were knocked over inside 42 overs.
Northumberland joined Cambridgeshire in progressing from Group Three with a 103-run defeat of Cheshire at Hyde. Daniel Young hit 94 for the visitors, who posted 308 for five thanks also to half-centuries from Reece Carr, Jaques du Toit and Adam Cragg. James Duffy’s 104 was the only significant contribution of a reply that lasted 42.3 overs with Callum Harding claiming 5-37.
Herefordshire overcame 2012 winners Cumberland by 62 runs at Penrith to seal third in Group Three thanks chiefly to Bradley Wadlan’s fine all-round display. He made 127 in a commanding total of 335 for six, to which Charlie Walker contributed 60, and then returned 4-46 to overcome fifties from Alex Atkinson and Chris Thompson as Cumberland were dismissed in the 43rd over of their reply.
Shropshire and Norfolk were already through in Group Two as Suffolk defeated Lincolnshire by four wickets with nine balls remaining at Bracebridge Heath Cricket Club to secure third. Christopher Swallow took 4-32 as Lincolnshire posted 273 for eight, aided by fifties from Paul Cook and Matt Lineker. But Martyn Cull’s 92 and 60 from Simon Guy supported a successful chase.
Cornwall and Hertfordshire had already secured their passage from Group One, in which Devon beat Bedfordshire at Dunstable yesterday to finish third. Opening batsman Rob Woodman’s unbeaten 109 helped to overhaul a target of 219 with six wickets and 7.3 overs to spare.