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Kibworth, last year's losing finalists, are through to the semi-finals once again after being Northern by five wickets.

In a game played in front of a large crowd, the Lancastrian visitors from Northern won the toss and elected to bat. M Johnson (25) was positive from the start and was looking very dangerous as Northern quickly progressed to 37 without loss.

Three quick wickets reduced them to 40 for three until J Cole (51) and S Cole (21) set about repairing the damage as they added 51.

At 141 for five and with overs were running out, Northern attempted to accelerate only for wickets to tumble on a regular basis and they were dismissed for 167.

In reply John Hanger went early but Nick Ferraby (47) and Sunny Patel (52) took the score to 94 before Ferraby perished, caught behind attempting a cut to reach his fifty. When Charlie Morgan followed for a duck Northern looked to be getting back into the game.

Kibworth skipper Andrew Smith injected some urgency into proceedings with some hard running but when he departed with the score on 119 some nerves were visible in the large crowd.

However, Sundeep Patel continued to play his anchor role and Tim Mason (22*) played with authority.

At the departure of Patel, Simon Renshaw entered the fray and played a controlled innings, defending carefully and waiting for his chance to strike the bad ball. The former Hampshire man finished the match in style with two consecutive leg-side boundaries.

Kibworth will travel to Sandiacre Town who narrowly edged past Chester-le-Street. Chasing 136 to win, Sandiacre were struggling at 60 for six but Ian Parkin and John Jordison saw them home after the last scheduled ball of the match was a wide and then the pair scampered a leg-bye on the extra ball.

Malden Wanderers eased to an 82 run victory at Swansea and will now travel to the winners of the Bromley v Waltham tie.

In this match Waltham scored 240 for six and Bromley were handily placed at 99 without loss off 12 overs when rain interrupted play with the match eventually abandoned. The two side will now play on Sunday.