Oldridge is bad news for Minster
Another bank holiday weekend, and another day of glorious weather allowed the vast majority of ECB National Club Championship second round matches to be completed as scheduled - with the bat again dominating the ball.
The highest team and individual score of the day came at Minster (Sheppey) CC where the Bickley Park batsmen put the home bowling attack to the sword reaching a mammoth 391 for four in 45 overs.
The main partnership of this innings was 256 for the first wicket with a commendable 70 scored by Paul Clinton. However it was his opening partner who stole the show with Nick Oldridge finishing on 189 off 133 balls.
In reply Minster could only manage 156, with Kevin Barker top-scoring with 46 off 20 balls, and James Lincoln doing most of the damage for Bickley Park, finishing with figures of 4-28.
Another century for South Northumberland captain Brendan Ford (144 off 97) guided his side to 314 for eight against Great Ayton. Unfortunately the hosts could only manage 122 all out in reply with Chris Batchelor top scoring with 46.
There was another run-fest at Bromley, as the hosts posted an imposing 331 from 45 with Alan Wells (107) and Miguel Barbosa (93) the mainstay of the Bromley scoring. Despite 112 not out from Tunbridge Wells CC skipper Will Stickler, the visitors fell short on 233 for seven, giving Bromley a 98-run win.
Elsewhere the biggest win of the round came as Spencer CC beat Ashtead CC by 207 runs. Batting first, Spencer posted 242 in 45 overs with Josh Lawrence top scoring with 45. Then Connor Radloff and George Edwards tore through Ashstead’s batting line-up to dismiss them for 35 with only Charlie Neil-Hall (10) reaching double figures. Connor Radloff ended with figures of 7-20 and George Edwards of 3-10.
Elsewhere there were centuries for Bavik Patel (117) in Walmley CC’s 94-run win over Smethwick and a rapid 125 not out from Stuart Poynter off just 83 balls to steer Sunbury’s chasing of 214 against Henley to win by nine wickets; this after Adam London had taken 4-34, including both Henley’s openers David Barnes (52) and Andrew White (59).
Unfortunately for Knowle CC, 106 from captain Jayden Levitt was not enough to progress to round three as Frocester won by five wickets, mainly thanks to a 142-run partnership between captain Nick Tainor (77) and Ashley Davis (87).
The pick of the games in round 2 took place between Chesterfield CC and York CC. Batting first York racked up 260 in their 45 overs, an unbeaten 76 off just 57 balls for Simon Mason being the highlight.
Chesterfield gave it their all, but despite 98 from Kevin Leatherday they stumbled and finished just a single run short of the York total, meaning the latter now play Treeton CC in round three.
Former semi-finalists St Just started their National Club Championship campaign this weekend against Werrington CC, who batting first and posted a respectable 177 in their 45 overs, captain Ben Smeeth top-scoring with 74.
It was another Smeeth that did the damage with the ball; Alex took a hat-trick to leave St Just reeling on nine for three, finishing with figures of 3-15. St Just fell short of the target required as Werrington continued to chip away taking wickets at regular intervals to dismiss them for 128.
Alex Smeeth wasn’t the only man to take a hat-trick in round two; Andrew Parkin-Coates took an amazing 7-6 including a hat-trick to dismiss Hallam for 88 handing Doncaster Town a 140-run win; this after Amitpaul Singh Kundra’s 65 guided Doncaster to 228 all out.
Another highlight from group two was the make-up of the Sheffield United side that played against Treeton. Although United lost by 34 runs, their side consisted of no less than eight junior players, with the stand-out performance coming from Tom Knight, who took 3-18 off his nine over allocation.
Two other games looked like they would be going right down to the wire. Dunstall CC made hard work of chasing 160 to beat Wolverhampton CC, with Craig Jennings the pick of the Dunstall bowlers taking 4-32 off eight overs. However it took a 106-run partnership to guide Dunstall home after four wickets fell for a single run, leaving them struggling on 41 for five.
Chris Russell’s return of 3-12 was the highlight for Wolverhampton, but the undoubted low was the concession of 45 extras which cost them dear.
The other nail-biter took place between Colwyn Bay and Neston, with the visitors just coming out on top. After fielding first and restricting Neston to 172 (Andy Roberts 57) with R J Holtby the best of the bowlers picking up 3-25, Colwyn Bay were cruising on 93 without loss when the most dramatic of collapses left them 147 all out, 25 short of Neston’s first innings.
P E Jenkins top scored for Colwyn Bay with 84, but only one other batsman reaching double figures cost the home side, with Chris Finegan the star man for Neston picking up 3-10.
In a high-scoring game at Chingford, 105 not out from Nick Jones and 94 from Tom Simpson were not enough for visitors Brondesbury as Chingford won by seven wickets chasing 284, getting home in 43 overs with 142 from Robert Whitfield and 55 from Sam Kirnon seeing the home side across the line.
In the south, the glorious weather allowed for some run-heavy scores with James Gatting scoring 93, supported by captain Neil Hurst (52) and Kyle Bachuss Brown (52), allowing Winchmore Hill CC to post 295 in 45 against Enfield.
Unfortunately, the visitors fell short with only a ninth-wicket partnership of 67 from Nick Jackson (43 not out) and Patrick Blair (19 not out) preventing a more one-sided result.
Richard Webber’s 99 guided Three Bridges CC home against Beddington. The visitors, batting first, posted a competitive total of 238, with skipper Graham Lester (53) and John Coles (51) giving them the chance of a win.
But Webber, ably supported by Shaun Alborough (43) and Hisham Ul-Haq (35), guided the Sussex side through as they won by two wickets.
Bexley CC could not prevent Hastings & St Leonards Priory CC blasting their way in to round three with a three-wicket victory for another Sussex side. Batting first Bexley posted 240 off 45 with Niheer Dasandi (70) and Ian Sels (50) the major contributors, with Michael Glazier taking 2 for 23.
In reply, George Campbell (108 off 87) and James Pooley (63) did the damage with Niheer Dasandi, proving the Bexley man of the match, picking up 4-41.
The draw for round three is now available on the National Club Championship Play-Cricket site, with the fixtures scheduled to take place on June 14 2009.