National stages await clubs
The Kingfisher Beer Cup moves into the Group Final stages this weekend as the remaining teams battle it out for a place in the National stages of the competition.
Sunday sees 15 of the 16 matches taking place all over the country, hoping the weather is kinder to them than it has been for most of the season so far.
The match at Cuckney, who play Hanging Heaton CC, will be taking place on Sunday June 24, with all matches beginning at 1pm.
Home Counties Premier League and Kingfisher Beer Cup ‘Team of the Month’ side Banbury hope to continue their fine run in the competition so far by picking up another prize scalp in the form of Barnt Green of the Birmingham & District Premier League.
Banbury have already seen off two-time competition winners Kibworth and Home Counties Premier League leaders High Wycombe in previous rounds so will be full of confidence going into Sunday’s Group 12 Final.
With both finalists from the 2011 final already knocked out, last season’s two losing semi-finalists will be fancying their chances in 2012.
Ealing, who are also the current ECB National Club t20 champions, came through a final wicket nail-biter against Surrey Championship side Wimbledon last weekend and now face fellow Middlesex County League side Teddington in the Group 15 Final hoping that bowlers Harry Podmore and Chris Peploe can continue their good form.
West Indian Cavaliers, who are unbeaten in the Nottinghamshire Premier League so far this season, host Derbyshire Premier League side Ockbrook & Borrowash in the Group 3 Final.
The Nottinghamshire side will be hoping their host of recognisable names - Alex Tudor, Saqlain Mushtaq and captain Usman Afzaal - will take them further than in 2011, when they were beaten in the semi-finals against eventually winner Shrewsbury CC.
Other notable Group Final matches include Southern Premier League leaders South Wilts hosting South Wales Premier League leaders Sully Centurions in the Group 9 Final and Hastings & St Leonards Priory, who are leading the way in the Sussex Premier League, travelling to Tunbridge Wells hoping their ground has dried out after their Kent Cricket Week wash out last week.
Two other league leaders, Bridgwater from the West of England Premier League, and Bovey Tracey from the Devon Premier League, go head to head at Bridgwater in the Group 10 Final.