Rain disrupts second round
Matches in the second round of the ECB National Club Championship were disrupted by rain around the country with a number of games in the north east washed out.
In all 11 matches were not completed including all the four matches in Group 1. Also Mansfield Hosiery Mills beat East Bierley 3-1 in a bowl-out as the clubs were not able to find an alternative date for the tie.
Previous winners Bromley, fielding a weaker side than normal, were indebted to two of their club stalwarts in an impressive performance against Upminster.
As the Bromley openers moved to 42 without loss things looked good tuntil two wickets fell with no addition to the score.
This brought Nicky Bluett to the crease to join skipper James Butterfill at the crease. Bluett then scored a rollicking 155 not out off only 124 balls. Butterfill weighed in with 118 not out as the pair added an unbeaten 260 as the innings closed on 302 for two.
In reply Andrew D'Cruz (56) led Upminster to the riches of 122 for one before Butterfill turned the match on its head as he introduced himself to the attack.
Upminster quickly found themselves reduced to 128 for five and with the damage done struggled to get back up with the required rate as Butterfill spun his way to figures of 4-46.
In the end Upminster reached 252 as they were bowled out in 41 overs. The main concern for Bromley will be the 44 extras they conceded including 29 wides.
There was an extremely high scoring and thrilling match at the riverside in Henley. The home side batted first against Stanmore and at 34 for two James Morris (96) was joined by Euan Brock (67) and they took the score to 161 before the third wicket fell.
At 250 for seven Henley looked well placed but the arrival of Kyle Hodnett took them to a total they could not have imagined as he scored 45 out out in rapid time as Henley closed on 302 for seven.
Stanmore were off to a flyer as Navin Samarakoon (80) and Nicholas Goh (78) put on 137 for the first wicket. Steve Mehra (67 not out) and Alastair Fraser (55) carried on the good work as the Middlesex side cruised to a seven wicket victory with five overs to spare.
Blackpool travelled to Fulwood & Broughton and with Blackpool winning the toss this looked to have back-fired somewhat as the home side reached 116 for three. Then the introduction of Paul Danson into the attack turned the match on its head as he returned the outstanding figures of 5-9 as Fulwood & Broughton were hustled out for 139. Blackpool cruised to a five-wicket victory with nearly ten overs to spare.
Even more impressive was Highfield's home win over Colwyn Bay. The visitors won the toss and batted and were hustled out in 32.5 overs for 113 as Stephen Peet took 4-17. Skipper Micheal Farrell (67 not out) and James Taylor (41 not out) knocked off the runs in only 12 overs as Highfield romped to a triumph by ten wickets.
Horsham had a similarly easy ride at Pulborough as the home side were dismissed for 133 and Horsham eased to a win by six wickets.
There was a real run-fest at Havant as the home side scored 320 for six against Ventnor with Steve Dean leading the way with 111.
In reply Ventnor had home hearts fluttering as they made a concerted attempt to overhaul the large total with Ian Hilsum scoring a pulsating 126. In the end the Isle of Wight side were unable to keep up with the rate and their innings closed on 261.