Renshaw shines again
Former Hampshire seamer Simon Renshaw showed his worth with the bat as last year's beaten finalists Kibworth beat Walmley to reach the Group 8 Final.
Chasing 248 to win, Kibworth were always up with the rate thanks to opener Sunny Patel's 42. However, a flurry of wickets left the game well poised as the hosts stuttered to 163 for five.
But Renshaw and skipper Andy Smith, who were unbeaten on 64 and 60 respectively, completed the chase in style. After taking 17 off one over, Rensham brought the game to a close by some fashion by launching a straight six over the sightscreen and into a parked car.
Earlier in the afternoon, Birmingham Premier League side Walmley were indebted to captain Chris Howell who finished five short of a deserved century.
He was ably supported by Adam Breakspear who scored 46 but their partnership of 102 for the fifth wicket proved in vain.
Bromley, who beat Kibworth in the final last year, moved a step closer to a rematch by cruising past Hartley Country Club by 100 runs.
Sussex side Preston Nomads booked a place in the next round after thrashing Walton on Thames by 183 runs.
After winning the toss and batting, Nomads amassed 250 for eight from 45 overs with Michael Gould's 86 the highlight of the innings. Rob Wakeford then hit a rapid 43 and Joe Gatting weighed in with 36. For Walton Giles Henderson and Ed Senneck both took three wickets.
In reply, Walton were never in the hunt - three run-outs not helping their cause. Owen Kernan, Nick Hobbs and Henry Gane all took two wickets to heap more misery on Walton.
The biggest totals of the day were those by Havant and St Lawrence & Highland Court who both scored more than 300.
Southern League outfit Havant racked up 318 for five at Basingstoke with ex-Hampshire batsman Lawrence Prittipaul scoring 100 and Stuart Ransley 77.
Basingstoke came fairly close, scoring 273, but could not cope with the spin of Chris Morgan who took 6-46 – the best bowling return of the day.
St Lawrence & Highland Court scored 308 for 5 against Upminster - a total that was based on a 173-run opening partnership between Charlie Hemphrey, who scored 108, and Dominic Chambers, who hit 78. David Smith then scored 50 to add further impetus to the innings.
In reply Terry Wyatt scored 92 but Ciaran Morgan picked up 5-31 as Upminster were bowled out for 226.
The closest match of the round was at Lullington Park where the hosts squeezed past Himley’s 160 with one ball and one wicket to spare.
Hindley St Peters looked in trouble at 66 for 6 at home to Farnworth Social Circle but recovered to 163 thanks mainly to Marc Birch’s 59. In reply Farnworth Social Circle looked to be cruising at 125 for three but were bowled out for 160.
Birch struck with the ball as well as he took 3-6 and there were contributions from Paul Mather and Kevin Anderson who took 3-36 and 3-30 respectively.
Former England all-rounder Phil DeFreitas continued his excellent form in the competition as he hit 71 in Papplewick & Linby's four wicket win over Elsecar. John Wakeling chipped in with 66 as Papplewick reached the required 220 for victory.