Jones does for Ormskirk
Ormskirk had a day they will quickly want to forget as they were bundled out by Northern in the Group Final stage of the ECB National Club Championship.
The home side won the toss against Northern and decided to bat. But they were quickly in trouble as the Northern attack ripped into their batting. Opening bowler Michael Jones took 5-19 as Ormskirk were skittled in 30 overs for 76. Only opener Ian Robinson (37) reached double figures. When Northern batted they lost an early wicket but that was just a minor blip as they took 13.1 overs to reach their target helped by 21 extras.
South Northumberland were impressive winners as well at home to Benwell Hill. Steve Humble took two early wickets and the wickets were shared throughout the attack as Benwell Hill were blown away for 115.
Humble took 2-11 with other contributions from Lee Crozier (3-17), Brendan Ford (2-15) and Richard Brook (2-11). When South North batted opening bowler Joe Kilpatrick (2-17) had home hearts fluttering as he took two quick wickets but the arrival of Chris Hewison was a revelation as he made light work of batting and raced to 67 not out off only 64 balls as South North romped to victory by eight wickets.
There were impressive away wins in Sussex where big scores were chased down by Teddington and Bickley Park. Teddington travelled to Preston Nomads and were convincing winners after Nomads batted first and scored 210 for eight, Andy Clarke taking 3-46.
When Teddington batted James Keightley led the way with an impressive 81 as the Middlesex side raced to victory by seven wickets with five overs to spare. Stephen Rigg picked up all three wickets for the Nomads returning figures of 3-42.
Further along the coast Bickley Park from the Kent Premier League visited Eastbourne where the home side also batted first. Eastbourne must have felt confident after scoring 247 for eight but the Kent side romped to a seven-wicket victory as they posted 248 for three.
In the south west Bridgwater caused an upset as they beat Taunton St Andrews convincingly. This tie was expected to be a very close affair as the teams are second and third in the West of England Premier League. Taunton St Andrews had a great cup run last season and were looking to progress to the National Stages again. Bridgwater won the toss and inserted their opponents. Jacob Lintott top scored with 66 but only three other batsmen reached double figures.
Martin Jenkins (39), Gareth Parsons (31) and Lloyd Alley (28) all got starts but did not kick on and with Chris Skidmore (4-26) leading the home attack St Andrews were dismissed for 196 in the 43rd over. Merv Hallaran (47) and Steve Davis (49) got Bridgwater off to a rapid start but then four quick wickets suggested there might be twist in the story; but Jonathan Vickery (36) and Andrew Skidmore (32 not out) steadied the ship continuing the frenetic pace of scoring and guided their team home by five wickets in 28.3 overs.
Bromley continued their march towards potentially a third Final in five years. They travelled to South Woodford and bowled their hosts out for 140. Then Bromley wrapped up victory in 24.4 overs as they raced to 143 for three ensuring a very early finish for the second round running.