Ealing edge out Wimbledon
The final delayed Kingfisher Beer Cup Third Round matches took place and the majority of matches beat the weather to confirm the Group Finals line-up which takes place next Sunday.
The closest match took place at Corfton Road as Ealing of the Middlesex County Cricket League entertained Wimbledon of the Surrey Championship.
After winning the toss the visitors chose to bat but the Ealing opening bowlers Harry Podmore and Chris Glasper tore through the Wimbledon top order to restrict them to 34 for four.
This soon became 44 for five with the loss of Harin Marambe but the partnership of Raymond de Passos and James Brown begun the rebuild the visitors’ innings. However, the introduction of Chris Peploe into the Ealing bowling attack broke the partnership with the wicket of Brown and followed this up with two more, finishing with figures of 3-10 from eight overs.
Podmore returned to finish off the tail, himself taking 4-25 and Wimbledon were bowled out for just 103.
What looked like a modest total, Ealing started quickly and were soon 40 without loss but both openers were dismissed with no runs added to the score.
Wimbledon continued to take wickets with Neil Turk and Tim Monteleone restricting the home side, but at 95 for four Ealing looked comfortable needing just a further nine for victory.
However, 95 for four become 95 for seven thanks to Turk and Moneleone and after Podmore was dismissed by the former, who finished with figures of 4-26, and Steven Scott was run out, Ealing still required two to win from the last pair.
With the pressure on the Ealing batsmen, they levelled the scores and then, in a very close run out call, just made it home to give the home side a one wicket win.
In the North West another low scoring match saw Chorley overcome Leyland by four wickets.
Leyland found themselves in all sorts of trouble, losing their first six batsmen for single figures but a partnership between Henry Thompson and Thomas Murray took them to 95 all out with home bowler Chris Harty claiming impressive figures of 4-10 from his nine overs.
Chorley were comfortable in reply and despite losing wickets, extras top scored with 32 including 24 wides to see them home with nearly 20 overs remaining.
The best batting performance of the day was sadly in a losing cause as Firwood Bootle lost to Neston by four wickets. Michael Gill held together the Liverpool & District side’s innings, being dismissed last ball of the Firwood Bootle innings for 72 in their total of 167 for nine. Chris Hackett was the pick of the home side’s bowlers with figures of 3-23.
Neston, of the Cheshire County League, had their first three batsmen make starts but none of them could build on that as Snellgrove took 3-21.
A modest 14 then proved to be a popular score for the Neston batsmen as the next three were dismissed on this total, but Andy Roberts’ 27 not out saw the hosts home for a place in the Group 7 Final against league rivals Chester Boughton Hall.
Tunbridge Wells just beat the weather to overcome fellow Kent Premier League side Bromley.
Matthew Green’s 4-38 helped the visitors bowl out Bromley for 131, Tunbridge Wells ending up winning by six wickets with nine overs to spare thanks to a patient 37 not out from Jamie Baldwin.
Farnworth of the Bolton League moved into the Group 6 Final after their five wicket win against Marple and Middlesex beat Essex as Harrow beat South Woodford by 24 runs.
Sunday sees the Group Finals taking place for a place in the national stages of the Kingfisher Beer Cup.