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Former Kent spinner Min Patel scored 69 in Hartley Country Club's victory

Simon Renshaw was Kibworth's hero as his side snatched a dramatic victory in the final over against Godmanchester.

Chasing 145 for victory, Godmanchester were on course for a place in the regional semi-final when they reached 140 for seven. But the visitors had other ideas, taking two wickets to leave the game delicately poised.

However, the home side, needing three off the last over, were almost over the finishing line when Renshaw delivered consecutive wides. He readjusted his radar with dramatic effect, inducing Elliott Baldwin to edge behind leaving Kibworth the winners by virtue of losing one fewer wicket.

Although Renshaw took the acclaim, team-mate Richard Jackson finished as the pick of the attack with 4-17 from his nine overs.

Earlier in the afternoon Andrew Smith scored 51 - comfortably the game's highest score.

In another thrilling climax, Ockbrook & Borrowash squeezed past Caythorpe off the last ball of the match to win by two wickets.

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Hunting down Caythorpe's 214 for nine, which was boosted by James Hartley's half-century, Ockbrook were in dire trouble at 44 for three - James Hemmings causing the damage. But Jonny Owen's 77 and 61 from Ben McGonigal saved the day leaving Gareth Young and Oliver Saffell to clinch victory.

Wickersley Old Village pulled off a shock win when they defeated Barnsley by 16 runs in a rain-reduced game.

Wickersley batted first and contributions from the top four ensured they reached a respectable 159 for eight from their 35 overs. Barnsley’s innings never got going and once they were 72 for five, they were eventually bowled out for 143 in the last over of their innings.

There was rain and another tense finish at Leyland where Hyde triumphed by just one run.

Hyde notched up 76 for six from their 10 overs, Mark Makin's 26 proving vital as Leyland finished agonisingly short.

Danny Green hit a century as Lullington Park staged a marvellous recovery to beat Cannock by 161 runs. In the mire at 11 for three, Green joined forces with Andrew Goodwin to help their side reach 234. In reply, Cannock had no answer to Paul Dawson's spell of 5-14 as they were shot out for 63.

Himley were indebted to a wonderful bowling performance from Dave Willis as they beat Wolverhampton by 16 overs.

After Dan Bassett's 66 propelled Himley to 200 from their 25 overs, Willis set about the Wolverhampton batsmen to finish with 5-27 from his nine overs.

Glastonbury were left kicking themselves after their slow over-rate cost them dear as they were knocked out by Taunton St Andrews.

After batting first and scoring 166 for nine, they were penalised six runs for bowling their overs slowly meaning their Somerset rivals needed just seven off the final over and not a more challenging 13. Taunton managed six runs to equal the score, but edged through having lost fewer wickets.

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Havant thrashed Falkland by nine wickets after bowling out the visitors for a meagre 40, Jez Ord's 5-8 the pick of the figures. In reply Ben Walker hit 21 as Havant coasted home in just 10 overs.

Bat dominated ball at High Wycombe where Fives & Heronians successfully chased down 245 for a five-wicket victory.

Fives & Heronians were indebted to Carlos Remy's 78 and 49 from Terry Ballard as they posted 244 for six. High Wycombe lost an early wicket but an unbeaten 95 from Mark Morgan and Gregg Pooley's 59 meant the win was achieved in the penultimate over.

In yet another last ball victory, Bexley nipped past Blackheath to win by two wickets.

After Blackheath had posted 131 for nine, Bexley struggled against some good bowling as only two of their batsmen made double figures. However, that was still enough for victory.

David Gorrod produced the all-round performance of the round, scoring 51 not out before taking 5-28 as Malden Wanderers beat Brighton by 102 runs. There were other strong performances in Malden colours - Jonathan Hess scored 54 at the top of the order while Simon Crampton claimed 3-13 to finish Brighton off.

Ashtead continued their fine form in this year’s competition as they eased to a six-wicket win over Mitcham.

Nick Proctor took 5-23 to restrict Mitcham to 151 - Blikkies Blignaut's 82 in 95 balls was the only highlight - before Brendan O'Connell followed up a century in the previous round with 56 to see his side home.

Preston Nomads pulverised Pulborough in the most one-sided game of the round.

Batting first, they amassed 319 without loss, Michael Gould's unbeaten 171 from 135 balls eclipsing Hugo Shephard's fine 113 not out. Pulborough had little answer to the Nomads' attack and were routed within 21 overs, Stephen Rigg's 4-13 helping dismiss the visitors for a mere 62.

Walton-on-Thames had a close encounter with Beddington, winning by just two wins after defending 196 for seven. Paul Hardwick's 52 was Walton's stand-out innings as they struggled against Shaun Lewis who finished with 3-38.

Beddington lost just five wickets in reply but could not force victory, ending tantalisingly close.

Andy Tutt outshone former England spinner Min Patel as Hartley Country Club beat Orpington by 97 runs. Patel's 69 - only two other players reached double figures - helped Hartley to 171 for nine, a total that was way beyond Orpington as Tutt got to work.

He took a hat-trick on his way to figures of 5-10 as Orpington were dismissed for 74.

Alan Ison cracked an unbeaten 88 as Upminster beat Tunbridge Wells by five wickets.

Batting first, Tunbridge were always up against it once they slumped to 45 for five. However, Quintin Ferreira's 53 and 69 not out from Richard Cutts boosted them to a respectable 197 for seven. Upminster had little trouble however, achieving victory with 10 balls remaining.

Holders Bromley hammered Bickley Park by 113 runs in a game that ended in bizarre fashion.

With the game evenly poised at tea after 42 from captain James Butterfill and Grant Sheen's 66 helped Bromley to 163 for nine, Bickley Park crumpled when it was their turn to bat.

With Michael Bluett taking 2-5 from nine overs and Tom Mee 4-16, Bickley Park plodded along to 50 all out off 34 overs.