Wilkin hurries Ealing through
Last year’s runners-up Ealing kept their dreams of National Club Championship glory alive by booking their place in the semi-finals of this season’s competition.
They thumped High Wycombe by nine wickets thanks largely to Oliver Wilkin’s savage unbeaten 122 off 64 balls.
High Wycombe’s 239 for seven in 45 overs proved wholly inadequate as Ealing cruised to a revised target of 202 in fewer than 24 overs.
All-rounder Wilkin, who earlier claimed 3-66 from nine rather expensive overs, responded by smashing 15 fours and six sixes. Simon Hawk’s 43 off 41 deliveries was pedestrian by comparison.
Ealing will face Cambridge Granta, who saw off Brentwood in another rain-affected encounter, in the last four on August 21.
The hosts were shot out for just 87 en route to a 63-run defeat, with Sean Park taking 3-2 from 2.2 overs and Imran Shah 2-6 from two for Ealing.
Cambridge Granta’s total of 150 for nine from 33 overs was built around Jason Coleman’s 36 at the top of the order. He was the only batsman on either side to reach 20.
The other semi-final will see Shrewsbury host West Indian Cavaliers, who beat Ormskirk and Chester-le-Street - winners of this competition in 2009 - respectively.
Ryan Bishop’s 43 was the highest contribution to Shrewsbury’s 195 all out, while Nicky Caunce picked up 4-43 for Ormskirk.
The visitors were bowled out for 160 in reply despite 54 from Ian Glayzer, with Edward Barnard and Elliot Green taking two wickets apiece to complement four run-outs.
Zubin Faisal starred with the ball to set up the Cavaliers’ five-wicket home triumph.
His 5-37 haul was chiefly responsible for bowling Chester-le-Street out for 155, a total that was overhauled with almost five overs to spare thanks largely to the Afzaal brothers.
Former England batsman Usman all but wrapped up victory with a measured 66 after opener Aqib had made 42. They added a crucial 99 for the third wicket.