Ealing edge past Havant
Ealing snatched a dramatic one-run last-ball win over Havant to move into the quarter-finals of the 2006 Cockspur Cup.
Havant’s dreams of a Lord’s final were shattered by the Middlesex Premier League top dogs, despite fighting back courageously to bowl Ealing out for 222. Jez Ord needed to hit the last delivery for two to tie the match and clinch a last-eight spot by virtue of fewer wickets lost. But the former BAT Sports all-rounder was short of his ground trying to complete an improbable second run and Havant were dismissed for 221.
Earlier the home side did well to claw themselves back into a match which appeared to be running away from them when former Sussex batsman Rajesh Rao (70) and ex-Southampton University graduate Luke Stoughton (47) took Ealing to 133 for one after 29 overs.
The undefeated Middlesex League leaders moved on to 188 for four, but were pegged back as Richard Hindley (4-45), Ord (3-30) and Richard Pineo (2-31) sent a late flurry of wickets tumbling. Crucially, Ealing’s ninth-wicket pair added 18 runs to lift the total from 204 for eight to 222 all out.
Havant could hardly have dreamed of a better start as Steve Dean (46), Andy Perry (24) and Shane Fergusson (22) posted 108 for two off 12 overs. A succession of Havant players got in – and got out – as the tension built, among them Ben Walker (23) and Paul Gover, who pushed the singles around nicely.
At 163 for seven and with Simon Hawk having taken 5-35, the game appeared lost. But teenager Stuart Ransley (34) and Pineo (17) kept Havant’s hopes alive; and they required 30 runs off the last five overs and six to tie the scores off Tahir Affridi’s last over. Three runs came off the initial two deliveries, Havant lost Ransley to the fourth and then saw James Ingram scamper a single off the penultimate ball to make it 220 for nine.
Ord hit the final ball of the match to mid-on, but had little hope of completing that match-winning second run and was run out by yards.
There was another extremely close Sixth Round finish at Brondesbury where the home side batted first and scored 211. M Lowrey was the main scorer with 53 whilst Gary Butterfill (4-33) and Nadeem Shahid (3-13) were the pick of the Bromley bowlers. In reply, Nadeem Shahid led the way in the run chase with 56 but wickets fell regularly and Bromley scraped home with the last pair at the wicket although they had six overs in hand.
South Northumberland made the long trip to Ayr and set the extremely daunting total of 323 for four. Ayr struggled to get anywhere near this target and were bowled out for 203 thus losing by 120 runs.
The match at York saw even heavier scoring with the home side rattling up 359 for six, due in no small part to Duncan Snell’s 168 off 114 balls. Alex Collins also weighed in with 64. Despite Mark Chadwick scoring 91 in reply, Bamford Fieldhouse of the Saddleworth League managed only 180, thus losing by 179 runs. Full credit must be given to Bamford Fieldhouse for getting so far in their first year in this competition.
Lytham hosted Bootle and the visitors set another large total, scoring 293 for five. Lytham found this too stiff a task and were bowled out for 177, with Bootle running out winners by 116 runs.
In the midlands there was a repeat of last year’s semi-final at Cherry Hill Road where Barnt Green again played host to Caythorpe from Nottinghamshire. This time the result was reversed after Caythorpe batted first and scored 203. Barnt Green always struggled in reply with wickets falling at regular intervals and they were eventually bowled out for 134 with James Hawley taking 4-30.
St Just from Cornwall made the long journey to Frocester and returned home with the spoils and fond thoughts of a home tie next time around. Frocester batted first and set a challenging 263 for six with Nick Trainor again to the fore with a stylish 125. In reply St Just were in with a reasonable chance at 179 for five with 12 overs remaining.
Then Duncan Roke (49 not out) joined Gary Thomas (78 not out) in a partnership of 86 in only 10 overs to win with 11 balls to spare.
In London, Teddington visited Wanstead and batted first after winning the toss. A good start was made by Jamie Wade (42) and Toby Bailey (50) and Teddington looked set to make a big score. Towards the end of the innings Wanstead did extremely well to restrict the scoring and Teddington closed on 233 for nine, about 20 runs below the target they were hoping to set.
In reply Wanstead set off at a great rate and at 89 for two looked to be in control of the situation; but Jon Barrett took 5-28 to reduce the hosts to 180 all out with seven overs remaining.
Quarter-final draw – matches to be played on Sunday July 30:
South Northumberland v York
Caythorpe v Bootle
St Just v Ealing
Bromley v Teddington