Cockspur Cup progress stymied by rain
A last ball thriller in a rain-shortened match at Havant gave Hampshire side Totton & Eling a berth in the final 16 of the ECB Cockspur Cup with all but one of the other places still up for grabs due to the heavy driving rain that continues to sweep through the UK disrupting the playing schedule.
Bromley posted an emphatic 196 run win over The Mote while the Group 11 (South) match between Totton & Eling and Havant finished in a nail-biting tie with Totton & Eling going through by virtue of losing fewer wickets.
So determined were the two sides to play that Totton & Eling conceded home advantage to Havant when their ground became submerged under water.
Totton scored a key early blow when James Hibberd (3-28) bowled Havant's big-hitting Steve Dean without scoring. Former Hampshire batsman Lawrence Prittipaul made 73 from 89 balls to give the home side a promising start to their rain-trimmed 38 over innings but his departure, with the score 100-2 triggered a collapse and the last eight wickets fell for just 40 runs with spinner Paul Franklin picking up 4-12 to bring the innings to a close in 34.2 overs.
Chasing 141 on a damp surface was never going to be easy for Totton, who needed to score a run a ball to win from ten overs out and fortunes ebbed and flowed throughout a fascinating contest, described by Totton skipper David Banks as “our best game this season by far.”
Richard Pineo gave Havant an early lift when he trapped opener Lee Savident leg before, but Damian Shirazi and Derek Kenway, another former Hampshire player, remodelled the innings and took Totton to 60-1. When Richard Hindley (2-10) deceived Kenway (26) in the flight, it became tougher for the reigning SPL champions and when Hindley, who proved particularly difficult to get away, had Ricky Rawlins caught in the deep at 80-3 in the 26th over, Totton still needed 61 off the last ten.
Shirazi (55) kept Totton in the hunt, but he holed out to Ben Walker at 107-4 in the 33rd over to put the outcome back in the balance. Totton required 34 off six overs, 28 from four and 20 off the last three. The sweep-happy Banks took crucial runs off Phil Loat, but just when James Hibberd (19) needed to keep a cool head, he was repeatedly deceived by Prittipaul’s slower deliveries and was eventually bowled having a heave at Pineo.
Totton, needing six runs to level the scores at 140 off Pineo’s final over, benefited by two shots through mid-wicket by Archie Norris, who was run out at 139-6 off the penultimate ball. Skipper Banks needed to get a bat – or boot – on Pineo’s very last ball. It struck his pad and, despite a loud appeal by the bowler, Banks and Franklin scampered the match leveling – and winning – run.
Totton & Eling will now visit the winners of the rain-delayed tie between Ealing and Henley - a new date for this clash is still to be arranged.
Bromley, runners-up in 2006, hosted The Mote in a match reduced to 43 overs a side. The home side batted first and with former Sussex batsman Alan Wells leading the way with 70, ran up a commanding total of 250-8 in the damp conditions.
The Mote were then blown away by the Bromley attack for only 54 with Tom Mees returning the best figures of 4-10 with the other wickets being shared between three of his colleagues. Bromley therefore coasted into the last 16 by the winning margin of 196 runs. In the next round, Bromley will host either Brondesbury or Stanmore.
Only two of the 16 Round 5 games were played to a conclusion and both of these were in the south of the country and played over shortened distances.
Group 11: Totton & Eling 140-6 (Damian Shirazi 55) beat Havant 140 a/o (Lawrie Prittipaul 73, Paul Franklin 4-12) by losing fewer wickets
Group 16: Bromley 250-8 (Alan Wells 70) beat The Mote 54 (Tom Mees 4-10) by 196 runs
To be played Sunday July 8th
Group 1 Chester-le-Street v Poloc
Group 2 Kimberley Institute v Caythorpe
Group 3 Clifton Village v West Indian Cavaliers
Group 4 Lancaster v Lytham Sun
Group 6 Northern v Bootle
Group 8 Wolverhampton v Kibworth
Group 9 St Fagans v Weston-super-Mare
Group 10 Cornwood v St Just
Group 14 Cambridge Granta v Brentwood
Group 15 Preston Nomads v Horsham
To be played Mon 9th July
Group 7 Banbury v Kidderminster Victoria
Group 5 Hyde v Ormskirk
Group 12 Ealing v Henley
Group 13 Brondesbury v Stanmore