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Holders South Northumberland won a tense ECB National Club Championship second round game at home to Sunderland to set up a mouth-watering tie against current ECB Indoor National Club Championship holders and local rivals Blaydon.

The second round saw 128 clubs in action on Sunday and another thrilling series of matches ensued.

Most remarkable feat was the record 348-run stand between Bashley’s Neil Thurgood and Nick Baker, both scoring 161.

Thurgood scored slightly more quickly than his partner batting for 131 balls and this stand followed a first ball of the match dismissal of Andy Sexton. Baker went on to take 4-40 and capped off a great day for Bashley in beating Harrow Town where A. Javid took the attack to the home side scoring 100 off 62 balls.

South Northumberland are at the top of the Group 1 draw having overcome Sunderland with Chester-le-Street in the bottom half having beaten York. In their way are Blaydon and Harrogate respectively setting up some interesting ties in north east on June 19.

Cricket in Bolton appears to be thriving with five teams in the area progressing; and best performance in this group was by Chris Barrow of Farnworth Social Circle, who blasted his way to 139 off 70 balls, including 12 fours and 11 sixes against Heaton.

There was more big hitting over the other side of the Peak District at Alfreton where East Bierley’s Lee Goddard hit 128 in 96 with 10 fours and nine maximums.

Dougie Brown

Barnt Green, equal second with Knowle & Dorridge in the Birmingham League, won by three wickets and two balls to spare. David Hemp followed up his century in the first round with 78 but was dismissed by Dougie Brown (pictured left).

The two recent finalists from Surrey will meet in the next round, Malden Wanderers overcame Osterley with Surrey Academy player Shaun Cousens scoring 109, while on the other side of Wimbledon Common Spencer squeezed out Billingshurst by three wickets.

Wimbledon themselves travelled to past champions Teddington for what was the tightest finish of the round. On a good wicket Teddington scored a below par 177, Wimbledon got off to a flying start but the introduction of David Keightley (3-40) and Duncan Wood (3-31) saw wickets begin to fall - the ninth fell in the 40th over with 18 runs still required.

With Teddington's spinners all bowled out and five required from the final three overs, the ball was tossed to Teddington's eighth bowler of the day, James Keightley. His first ball found the edge of the Charles Leonard’s bat and keeper Mark Phythian took the simplest of catches - Teddington had held their nerve to win by four runs.

2011 Roll of Honour

Centurions
161* Neil Thurgood – Bashley v Harrow Town
161 Nick Baker – Bashley v Harrow Town
153 Christopher Binnie - Downend
140 Alex Range – South Hampstead
139 Chris Barrow – Farnworth Social Circle v Heaton
139* Allan Worthy – Blaydon
133* David Hemp – Knowle & Dorridge
133 Dan Lincoln – Finchampstead
129 James Dawson – Stone v Kenilworth Wardens
128 Lee Goodard – East Bierley v Alfreton
127 Paul Burdett – Mansfield Hosiery Mills v Doncaster
127 Vic Craven – Harrogate v Stockton
121 Adam Roylane – Grappenhall v Fordhouses
114 Alexander Williams – Tunbridge Wells
112* Robert Tidey – Hampstead
112 James Keightley – Teddington
109 Shaun Cousens – Malden Wanderers v Osterley
108* Gordon Whorlow – Buckhurst Hill
108 Neil Gladwin – Saffron Walden
106 Ben Slater – Chesterfield
103 Lewis Hill – Lutterworth
103 James Redwood – Brentwood
104* Jonathan Rickard – Stockton
103 Andy Roberts – Glastonbury
102 Harvey Wilson – Little Lever
101 William Root – Sheffield Collegiate v Sandiacre
101 Ben Ackland – Cambridge Granta
101 Jaden Hatwell – Swardeston
101* Julian Russell – Colchester & East Essex
100 Douglas Rice – Cambridge Granta
100 Adam Mitchell – Corsham

Best bowling
6 - 28 Ryan McKendry – York
5 - 11 Alan Duand – Alder
5 - 17 M. Smith – Bamford Fieldhouse
5 - 34 Gert Maartens – Morecombe
5 - 35 Robert Halliwell – Highfield
5 - 37 Aaron Jeavons – Wolverhampton
5 - 48 James Harris – Caythorpe
5 - 63 Rob Stanworth – Harrogate v Stockton