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National Club Championship enters last 16

The ECB National Club Championship reaches its last 16 on Sunday as the remaining teams look for a place in the quarter-finals.

The 2011 winners Shrewsbury, who currently sit top of the Birmingham Premier League, host the last team to retain the National Club Championship title: 1994 and 1995 champions Chorley, who are hoping to extend this cup run following a so-far disappointing season in the Northern Premier League. Shrewsbury have also reached the national stages of the ECB National Club t20 competition so are in for a busy few weeks while Chorley are coming off the back of an excellent win against heavily-fancied Bamford Fieldhouse in the previous round.

Havant, who reached the semi-finals last year, host Ealing, who reached the final of this competition in 2010 and have three times been runners-up. Both Havant and Ealing currently find themselves second in the Southern Premier and Middlesex County Leagues respectively.

Bath are winning the West of England Premier League at the halfway stage and are another club that have been runners-up three times in the National Club Championship (in 1998, 2001 and 2003) but have never won it. They travel to Cornwall to face Werrington, who themselves are having a great season in the Cornwall Premier League and are top and unbeaten so far. The winner of this match will travel to the victor in the Havant versus Ealing match in the quarter-final.

Doncaster Town beat reigning champions York in the previous round and their reward is a home tie against 2006 and 2010 winners South Northumberland in the last 16. Doncaster Town themselves won the title back in 1998 and are hoping for success 15 years on as their league season in the Yorkshire Premier League currently finds them mid-table. South North are also having an indifferent league season in the North East Premier League after winning the league title in 2011 and 2012. So this competition may prove to be their best opportunity of silverware in 2013.

West Indian Cavaliers have slipped off the pace in recent weeks in the Nottinghamshire Premier League but enjoyed a good win against league rivals Cuckney in the previous round to set up a home tie against Ormskirk of the Liverpool Competition, who themselves sit second in the league and reached this stage of the competition 12 months ago. The winner of this match faces a trip to either Shrewsbury or Chorley in the next round.

Barnt Green of the Birmingham & District Premier League made it to the quarter-finals in 2012 and will hope to do so again as they host Bowdon from the Cheshire County Premier League in the last 16. Both Barnt Green and Bowdon find themselves hovering just above the drop zone in their respective leagues but their cup form is providing a good distraction so far with the winner of this match hosting Doncaster Town or South North in the quarter-final.

In the bottom quarter of the draw East Anglian Premier League leaders Swardeston welcome Stanmore from the Middlesex County League while Hartley Country Club, who are currently top of the Kent Premier League, travel to Waltham of the Essex League, who reached the semi-finals of this competition in 2008, looking to extend their good run so far this season, with either Swadeston or Stanmore hosting the quarter-final.

All match details can be found on the ECB National Club Championship Play-Cricket website (http://ecb.play-cricket.com/scoreboard/fixtures.asp). The quarter-finals will take place on Sunday 4 August and semi-finals on Sunday 1 September. The final of the ECB National Club Championship will take place at the Emirates Durham ICG on Sunday 15 September.

Full List of last 16 matches (all being played on Sunday 14 July)

Barnt Green v Bowdon, Cherry Hill Road
Doncaster Town v South Northumberland, Town Fields Sports Club
Havant v Ealing, Havant Park
Shrewsbury v Chorley, London Road
Swardeston v Stanmore, The Common
Waltham v Hartley Country Club, Loughton CC
Werrington v Bath, Werrington Park
West Indian Cavaliers v Ormskirk, Birchover Park

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