2006 winners go well on TV
Cockspur Cup champions from 2006, South Northumberland, had the Sky TV cameras on hand as they won their third round match at Sunderland.
The group one match was filmed as part of Sky’s ongoing coverage of the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ on Sky Sports News; and they saw South Northumberland set up a home tie against last season’s semi-finalists from Chester-le-Street, who triumphed over Thirsk.
The one outstanding tie in this Group sees NVT Poloc hosting Ayr on Thursday June 19.
Group two saw a second South Yorkshire League side progress to the fourth round. Elsecar followed on from Wickersley Old Village’s success against Barnsley by disposing of Easingwold from the Hunters York & District Premier League.
The visitors batted first and Martin and Steven Piercy added 114 for the first wicket. Steve Taylor then took 4-53 and Ian Swallow 3-17 as wickets fell at regular intervals and Easingwold were all out for 191 in 41.3 overs.
Elsecar had their own good start as Tim Farmer (46) and Jason Meadows (66) added 81 but the Easingwold bowlers did not manage to repeat the penetration of the Elsecar attack and the home side won by five wickets to set up a home tie against Papplewick & Linby, who are captained by Phil de Freitas. Wickersley now travel to Ockbrook & Borrowash.
Loughborough Town won the toss and batted at Clifton Village in group three and with steady batting reached 198 for eight. In reply opener James Hollingsworth led the run-chase as he scored 96 not out but nobody was able to support him for any length of time as Clifton Village fell seven runs short as they were bowled out at the start of the 44th over.
York travelled to Dunnington and scored 237 for seven. Nick Kay then took 4-33 as the home side were dismissed for 183. West Indian Cavaliers opener Aaron Thomas scored 98 before being run out and, despite the best efforts of Nadeem Khan (4-28) they reached 247 for nine against Sheffield Collegiate, who were bowled out for 189 by Iftikar Asghar (3-24) and Steve Atkinson (3-26).
The final match in this group saw Ilkeston Rutland win the toss and elect to bat at home to Sandiacre Town. Tight Sandiacre bowling restricted the hosts to 138 for nine in their 45 overs and the visitors then romped to a seven-wicket victory with more than 11 overs to spare – opener James Chapman leading the way with 70 not out.
Loughborough Town play host to York whilst Sandiacre Town will now visit West Indian Cavaliers.
Lytham travelled to Kendal for the one match outstanding in group four. Lytham batted first and struggled throughout eventually reaching 125 in 39.1 overs. Kevin Howarth then hit 77 in 60 balls as he opened the innings for Kendal and they raced to victory by six wickets using only half of their overs. Kendal now host Netherfield in an eagerly awaited local derby.
Group five saw Bamford Fieldhouse (Saddleworth League) bat first at Roe Green (Lancashire County League) and at 19 for two and 48 for three they looked in some trouble; but then a partnership of 192 between P McKeown (114) and P Roberts (101) set them up for a big total with the innings closing on 276 for eight.
Opening bowlers Danny Jones (4-46) and Gareth Williams (3-33) were the pick of the Roe Green attack. D Shadford then took 6-27 as Roe Green were dismissed for 203. Bamford Fieldhouse will now host Hyde in the next round.
Farnworth won easily at home to Urmston by 90 runs. The home side scored 223 for eight and then bowled their opponents out for 133. They will meet Clifton in the next round after they overcame Chorley also by a margin of 90 runs – 267 for eight against 177.
Group six sees two matches still to be played with Darcy Lever travelling to Northern on Thursday June 12 and Ormskirk visiting Hindley St Peters on Friday 13.
Group nine saw three matches played as Thornbury beat Cardiff, Sully Centurions triumphed over St Fagans and Swansea won at Bristol. Thornbury were indebted to a century from opener Chris Dent (122) as then reached 227 for nine. In reply Cardiff struggled as only Mohammed Jaura (80) and Ian Bridgeman (33) came to terms with the home attack as they were bowled out in 33 overs for 170. The reward for the victors is a trip to Weston-super-Mare.
Swansea travelled to Bristol and scored 167 with Graeme Brown (4-17) and Neil Pollard (3-18) doing most of the damage. In reply Bristol looked to be going well with Graeme Brown (65) and Paul Redwood (35) building a promising fourth wicket partnership but Daniel Hardman took 6-35 as Bristol were bowled our for 143, the Welsh side winning by 24 runs.
Sully Centurions will now visit Swansea after they made the most of home advantage, Andrew Davies (83 not out) and Tom Evison (63) helping them reach 261 for five. St Fagans ended up 39 runs short as Evison added four wickets to cap a significant all-round performance.
In Group 11, Bashley won by 91 runs at South Wilts and will now travel to Cove in the next round. Bashley scored 187 for five with C Jones top scoring with 77. The home side were then dismissed for 96 as all the Bashley bowlers chipped in with wickets.
Reading’s reprieve in Group 12 did not last long. After their defeat to Kidlington was over-turned due to the fielding of a player under an assumed name they travelled to Oxford.
Batting first, Reading scored 228 for six (Benny Howell 61, David Barr 55). Oxford 2nd XI player Tim Marcon opened the batting and proceeded to spank the ball to all parts of the ground as he scored 111 in 114 balls in an opening stand of 192, with Patrick Jobson scoring 75 – and Oxford eased to an eight-wicket victory to set up a home tie with Henley.