Walsall sink Water Orton

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Walsall made light work of Water Orton as seven matches were played in the First Round of the National Club Championships on Sunday.

Tom Freeman and Paul Wicker took five wickets each as Walsall bowled out Water Orton for just 30 in their Group 8 clash.

In reply Walsall stormed to victory in just 6.1 overs despite the loss of Paul Baker for two.

In the other match in the group, Harborne batted first against Banbury and with Oliver Murrey (4-24) and Oliver Wright (4-48) making inroads into the batting did well to reach a total of 186.

Opener Ian Tew (59*) then played sheet anchor as his Banbury colleagues set about chasing down the target. Edward Phillips (58*) was there at the end with Ian as Banbury romped to an eight-wicket win.

In Group 5 Leyland eased to a four-wicket win at Golborne. The home side from the Bolton Association batted first and with opener Rob Turnbull scoring a commanding century Golborne’s innings closed on 199 for nine. Karl Cross was the pick of the Leyland bowlers as he took 4-39.

After losing an early wicket Leyland were always in control as Luis Reece (72) led the team home with five overs to spare.

Netherfield's long trip from the Lake District to Colwyn Bay on the North Wales coast was a very disappointing one. Batting first Netherfield reached 174 with Alex Atkinson scoring 54. However any thoughts of a close finish were rapidly smashed to smithereens as openers Clubb (77*) and Williams (68*) romped to a ten-wicket win in only 28.3 overs.

Bradford League clubs Hanging Heaton and East Bierley made history as the first two from that league to ever enter this competition.

Hanging Heaton lost narrowly at home to Doncaster Town on the penultimate ball of the match by one wicket.

East Bierley also hosted opposition from the Yorkshire Premier League when Driffield Town visited. East Bierley were led by Gavin Hamilton who opening the innings scored 129 off 102 balls with five sixes and 16 boundaries.

Hamilton added 114 for the second wicket with Uzair Mohomed (56) before Andrew Rennison (69) helped add impetus to the innings as the Bradford League side scored a massive 341 for five.

In reply Driffield Town scored 226 and slumped to defeat by 115 runs.

Astley & Tyldesley, also from the Bolton Association, hosted Northern who ply their trade in the Liverpool Competition.

Northern batted first and with James Cole (94) in good form they scored 245. Joe Hawke (5-33) was the pick of the Astley bowlers.

The home side were never able to keep up with the required rate and their innings closed on 161 for eight as Northern used ten different bowlers including James Cole who emerged from behind the stumps to bowl one over.

In Group 7 Oswestry hosted Shrewsbury who batted first and with Rob Foster scoring 86* scored 245 for six. Oswestry could not find an answer to the bowling of Joe Leach (4-11) and were bundled out for only 93 as last year’s semi-finalists cruised to victory by a 152-run margin.