Holders dumped out as shocks continue
As the Kingfisher Beer Cup continues to play catch-up following the damp start to the cricket season, around 30 delayed second round matches were played on Sunday.
Both the holders Shrewsbury and the 2011 runners up Cambridge Granta were knocked out but last year's semi-finalists Ealing and West Indian Cavaliers have both made it through to the third round.
Shrewsbury welcomed Birmingham & District Premier League rivals Kidderminster Victoria to their London Road ground and the visitors took advantage of a weakened home side with a comfortable 125 run victory.
Choosing to bat first, Kidderminster Victoria scored 224 for eight from their 45 overs with a half century from Neil Pinner who then took the key wicket of Tom Cox as Shrewsbury collapsed to 99 all out.
Cambridge Granta hosted fellow East Anglian Premier League side Vauxhall Mallards and after being asked to bat first were dismissed for 130 thanks to some excellent bowling from Stuart Lipshaw with figures of 5-23.
Vauxhall Mallards coasted to their target, with opener Carl Amos finishing on 72 not out as the Norwich based club made it to round three where they face another Norfolk side Great Witchingham.
Cuckney’s Richard Stroh produced the best bowling performance of the weekend as the Nottinghamshire Premier League leaders continued their great start to the season with a nine wicket win over Yorkshire Premier League strugglers Sheffield United.
Stroh’s figure of 6-4 helped Cuckney dismiss their hosts for just 73 to book a home tie in the third round against another Yorkshire Premier League side Doncaster.
Other impressive bowling displays included Harry Shirt’s 6-51 as his South Woodford side beat South Hampstead by six wickets and Tom Freeman’s 6-36 destroyed the Halesowen top order as Walsall claimed a comfortable six wicket win. Francois Vainker’s fine figures of 5-23 could not help his Oxford side losing to High Wycombe by 101 runs.
Batting performance of the weekend goes to Ian Prowse of Normandy as the Surrey Championship team beat Sussex Premier League side Roffey by 19 runs.
Opener Prowse was out on the final ball of the visitors' innings making 128 from 147 deliveries in their total of 252 for six.
Roffey were struggling at 75 for seven and 118 for eight but an unbeaten ninth wicket partnership of 115 from Aaron Jeal (92*) and Abdul Khan (51*) took the home side close, but not quite close enough, to the Normandy target, finishing on 233 for eight.
Other centuries scored were Lee Dixon’s 117, as Chester Boughton Hall set an imposing score of 301 for seven from their 45 overs - Wallasey were all out for 193 in reply, and David Kirtley’s 107 as he ran out of partners in Cardiff.
After visitors Panteg of the Glamorgan & Monmouthshire Cricket League made 223 for nine, Cardiff came up short, being bowled out for 202 and losing by 21 runs. Panteg's reward is another trip to a South Wales side, this time South Wales Premier League leaders Sully Centurions CC.
Sunday sees the remainder of the delayed round two matches being completed along with a number of third round fixtures, with the remaining round three matches taking place on Sunday 3 June.