Kibworth stunned by Banbury
Last weekend's good weather meant the majority of outstanding first round matches along with some of the scheduled second round matches of the Kingfisher Beer Cup took place with high and low scoring matches across the country.
With their place in the second round already secure, 2011 champions Shrewsbury have been joined by the 2011 runners up, Cambridge Granta, who beat competition newcomers Peterborough Town in their delayed first round fixture.
Posting a score of 195 for eight from their 45 overs, Cambridge Granta successfully defended this total with the visitors from the Northamptonshire Premier League being bowled out for 170.
Individual batting performance of the weekend went to Gareth Curtis of Mansfield Hosiery Mills who would have thought he had done enough to steer his team to victory following an impressive 174 not out from just 147 balls in their total of 271 for two.
But visitors Whitley Hall had other ideas and some impressive hitting from Jim Tasker (94 not out from 82 balls) and Alex Fletcher (61 from 39 balls) meant that they reached their target with six overs to spare to reach round two.
Other notable batting performances came from Andy Simpson (115 from 72 balls) of Scarborough as they beat Great Ayton by eight wickets while Usman Afzaal (109 from 79 balls) continued his high scoring from last year in West Indian Cavaliers' seven wicket win over Quarndon. There was another century when Ryan Sylvester hit 105 as Sully Centurions comfortably beat Bristol by 95 runs.
The all-round performance of the weekend must go to Wolverhampton's Aaron Jeavons who followed up figures of 3-59 with a century in his side's eight-wicket second round victory over Stone of the North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Premier League.
Bowlers also shone in the sunshine with the best performance coming from James Stewart of Doncaster Town who with figures of 7-18 from seven overs reduced Goole Town to 51 all out from just 14 overs, with 22 of those runs coming from extras. Doncaster Town easily won by eight wickets to move to round three.
In two postponed first round matches, Chris White from Panteg helped his side to victory in a South Wales first round derby - his figures of 6-9 from nine overs helped dismiss Ynysygerwn for just 60 to set up a 10 wicket victory, but Swardeston's Michael Eccles impressive figures of 6-19 from his nine overs could not prevent Vauxhall Mallards from wrapping up a win by 80 runs.
The surprise of the weekend came at Kibworth as the two-time winners (in 2004 and 2008) were heavily beaten by visitors Banbury.
The Home Counties Premier League side were all out for 158, thanks in part to Aamir Mahmood’s figures of 5-26 for Kibworth. But a batting collapse saw the Leicestershire Premier League side dismissed for just 44, the lowest score of the competition so far in 2012 to give Banbury a place in round three.
This Sunday will see the majority of the outstanding second round matches taking place with round three taking place on Sunday 27 May.