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U17 semi-finalists through

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Durham will play Yorkshire and Surrey will host Kent in the semi-finals of ECB’s U17 County Cup at the end of August.

The matches are to be played on Sunday August 30.

In the quarter-finals two of the matches saw the venues switched to the grounds of the sides drawn away. Surrey had struggled to find a home ground on the set date and Wales and Kent agreed a switch to reduce travelling for the teams involved.

Surrey v Somerset

Surrey batted first at Taunton Deane CC and lost four early wickets but a partnership of 123 between Zafar Ansari (87) and Harry Stephens (61) took the score to 184 for four. Then opening bowler Nathan Smith returned to take four wickets as the last six wickets fell for only 37 runs. Surrey were all out for 221 with Smith finishing with figures of 6-56.

In reply Somerset were quickly 0-2 but Alex Barrow (73) and Charlie Walker (56) added 103 for the third wicket. Once they departed Somerset collapsed from 150 for four to 213 all out leaving Surrey winners by just eight runs.

Nottinghamshire v Durham

Nottinghamshire batted first and were set on their way by opener Sam Wood, who scored 52 before being run out. Once again a strong position at 150 for three was squandered as the home side were dismissed for 214.

Ben Raine (3-16) and Ryan Pringle (3-29) were the pick of the Durham bowlers. When Durham batted Raine was again to the fore as he top scored with 55 before being run out.

At 191 for eight the match was in the balance but Durham batted sensibly to reach their target without losing another wicket.

Yorkshire v Staffordshire

Yorkshire batted first and their innings closed on 248 for nine. Alex Lees (77) and Billy Root (53) were the top scorers.

In reply Staffordshire looked well set for victory as Chris Beech (80), John Hancock (47) and Sam Kelsall (47) enjoyed batting. However both Beech and Hancock ran themselves out needlessly and the match then turned in Yorkshire’s favour.

The Staffordshire batsmen were unable to force their side over the line and ended their innings on 242 foe eight, six runs short of the Yorkshire total.

Wales v Kent

Kent made the most of having the match switched to home territory as they ran out winners to reach the semi-finals.