Dean quashes Cavaliers
The Kingfisher Beer Cup Group Finals were finally completed at the third time of asking as the remaining three ties beat the rain.
The game of the day was at Birchover Park in Nottingham as the West Indian Cavaliers hosted Ockbrook & Borrowash from the Derbyshire Premier League.
The hosts, who were missing captain Usman Afzaal but still had ex-internationals Alex Tudor and Saqlain Mushtaq to call on, won the toss and chose to bowl first, a decision that looked a good one after Ockbrook & Borrowash opener Matthew Cassar was bowled by Farhan Shaukat before a run was scored.
Shaukat then removed the visitors’ captain Jake Needham with the score on 10 before Jonathan Guthrie and Alistair Dixon dug in to provide some resistance. It was Mushtaq that provided the breakthrough, bowling Dixon for 12 that opened the floodgate of wickets as 55 for two became 63 for six.
However, Guthrie remained to reach his 50 as Ockbrook & Borrowash slowly moved their score past 100 but once he was out only Gareth Young was able to get into double figures and the Derbyshire side were dismissed for 123 in the final over, Mushtaq finishing with 4-13 from his nine overs.
West Indian Cavaliers would have expected to be able to chase down that relatively small total, but having been bowled out for just 63 in their Nottinghamshire Premier League match the day before confidence may have been low.
This was only added to after opener Aaron Thomas was dismissed first ball, caught by Joe Zydzienowski off the bowling of Trevor Smith, and then Shaukat for one a few overs later.
The hosts then found themselves at 17 for four thanks to two quick strikes by Kevin Dean, including the wicket of Tudor for two.
Dominic Williamson and Aqib Afzaal steadied the ship by adding 49 before Williamson was bowled by Zydzienowski for 23. Steve Atkinson then joined Afzaal and helped the score onto 84 before the latter was caught and bowled by Lian Wharton for 23, which exposed the Cavaliers tail.
Ockbrook & Borrowash took full advantage by taking the last five wickets for just 12 runs, thanks in part to the impressive bowling of Young who took 1-2 from eight overs including seven maidens, and Dean who took 3-5 from 7.3 overs as the hosts were bowled out for just 96 and give Ockbrook & Borrowash the win by 27 runs.
In South West London Spencer welcomed Havant in their delayed Group 11 Final and it was the visitors from the Southern Premier League who claimed a comfortable seven wicket win.
Spencer chose to bat first in overcast conditions and despite some excellent early batting from opener Andrew Mawson, the hosts lost wickets at regular intervals and found themselves at 75 for six.
This brought together Pierre Jason and Patrick Turk who put on 87 for the seventh wicket to pull Spencer back into the match. Turk was dismissed for 39 but Jason continued some impressive hitting and finished on 67 not out from 61 balls as Spencer reached 194 for eight from their 45 overs, Richard Hindley the pick of the Havant bowlers with 3-23.
In reply Havant kept up with the required run rate and despite losing openers Peter Hopson (28) and Steven Dean (16), Ben Walker calmly moved his side within sight of victory. He was bowled by Steven Lewis for 78 but an unbeaten 53 from Stuart Ransley saw the visitors home and they are rewarded with a home tie in the next round at Teddington.
In the final match of the day, York beat visitors Blaydon from the North East Premier League by 34 runs.
York batted first and opener Duncan Snell hit a half-century to give his side the early impetus. However, the introduction of Graeme Bridge into the Blaydon bowling attack swung things back in the visitors’ favour, tearing out the York middle order with figures of 5-21 from his nine overs.
York were 145 for nine but numbers 10 and 11, Daniel Woods and Glen Richmond, added 29 valuable runs before Woods was dismissed off the final ball of the innings as York were all out for 174.
In reply Blaydon lost Paul Freary early but Benjamin Raine and Allan Worthy moved the score onto 49 before Worthy was caught by Nick Kay off the bowling of Tom Pringle for 13.
Mark Drake joined Raine but after he was dismissed by Woods, who was the pick of the York bowlers with figures of 3-16, Blaydon suffered a mini collapse and were 86 for five.
Raine continued to bat sensibly but after he was finally out for 48 the visitors’ challenge ran out of steam. Wicketkeeper Peter Howells tried to provide some resistance but his 20 was not enough as Blaydon were bowled out for 140, York earning a last-16 home tie against Ockbrook & Borrowash.
The fifth round ties will be played on Sunday, with the exception of Neston v Kidderminster Victoria which will be played on Sunday 15 July.