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National Club Championship reaches business end

The ECB National Club Championship has reached the third-round stage as the remaining 64 teams look for a place in the 16 group finals.

A number of high-quality matchups should guarantee some excellent cricket around the country on Sunday June 2.

Wimbledon, who were the Surrey Championship and ECB National Club t20 winners in 2012, will host Ealing of the Middlesex League - who themselves won the ECB National Club t20 in 2011 and reached the final of the National Club Championship in 2010 - in one of the most eagerly anticipated matches.

Reigning champions York, who won the Yorkshire Premier League for a sixth consecutive year in 2012, entertain Treeton, South Yorkshire League champions in 2012.

A bit further down the M1, current Derbyshire Premier League holders Sandiacre Town travel to current Nottinghamshire Premier League leaders West Indian Cavaliers in a repeat of last year’s fixture at this stage, which the Cavaliers won by 80 runs.

Heading south, 2012 runners-up Wanstead & Snaresbrook host fellow Essex Premier League side Colchester & East Essex.

The 2011 National Club Champions Shrewsbury take on Cheshire Premier League leaders Neston at home and 2011 runners-up Cambridge Granta travel to Swardeston in an East Anglian Premier League second-versus-first matchup as the top two from the league go head-to-head in the cup.

Bamford Fieldhouse, who reached last year’s semi-finals and have high hopes of going further this season, travel to Westhoughton of the Bolton League, with the hosts playing their fourth match of the competition after having to come through the preliminary round in early April.

Havant, who also were beaten in the last four in 2012, have an away trip as the Southern Premier League leaders travel to Sussex Premier League side Roffey.


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