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The Cockspur Cup, the competition where club cricketers battle it out to play at Lord’s, kicked off on Sunday with the first round of ties.

Unfortunately the weather would play its part but half of the scheduled games were completed with some being decided by bowl-outs.

The highest total of the day was amassed by Hartley Country Club in Group 16 who blazed away against Linden Park to reach a total of 324 for nine.

Former Kent batsman James Hockley scored 100 and David Thompson 68 in a first-wicket partnership that yielded 168 runs.

Stiller (67) then continued the carnage as Hartley racked up a huge target despite Tom Williams taking 5-38

Cockspur Cup 2007 Bromley

© Sarah Williams

In reply Linden Park were never in the hunt and 36 for four quickly became 42 all out, Hartley romping home by a massive margin of 282 runs – more than the second-highest team total of the day.

In the same group there was a much closer match at Bickley Park where the hosts batted first and lost Paul Clinton early for a duck. Peter Clinton (70) and James Lincoln (100 not out) added 140 for the second wicket, the latter completing his 129-ball century just before the innings closed on 193 for two.

Warlingham’s chase looked very well placed at 101 for two with 20 overs remaining but the introduction of James Soulsby proved to be the turning point as he took three quick wickets in two overs.

Bromley won the 2007 Cockspur Cup at Lord's He eventually finished with 5-38 as Warlingham slumped to 122 for eight before being dismissed for 153.

This group also saw the best bowling figures when James Iles, a youngster who has appeared for the Kent, took 5-5 as Lordswood beat Minster by 150 runs.

The highest individual score of the day went to Graham Blann of Littlehampton, Clapham and Patching in Sussex who scored 123 not out in their win over Roffey.

Littlehampton were in trouble at 44 for three and then 146 for seven but Blann found an able ally in Luke Vinter and they added 95 for the eighth wicket. Roffey lost three wickets straight away and were never in the hunt.

In Group Two a young Sheffield United side came up against a very experienced Papplewick and Linby bowling attack with a strong Leicesterhire influence.

Bradley Matthews led the way taking 3-23 and his opening partner Charlie Dagnall chipped in with 2-17.

The change bowlers continued to press home the advantage with Wasim Rana taking 3-15 and former England all-rounder Phil DeFreitas 1-20 as Sheffield United laboured for 41.4 overs to reach 90.

In reply, the home side knocked off the runs in just over 20 overs for the loss of three wickets – DeFreitas scoring 43 in only 34 balls.