Spencer stun Bromley to reach semis
Given the horrendous weather throughout the previous week it was a major surprise to find that all four National Club Championship Quarter-Finals were played to schedule on Sunday without interruption.
The shock of the round was at Surrey Championship club Spencer where the powerhouse team from Bromley was dismissed for their lowest score for many years in this competition.
The Bromley innings started in normal style with Nadeem Shahid blazing away and they scored 48 off the first five overs.
Things changed dramatically when Shahid departed for 36. Alan Wells was then dismissed for a duck and only five Bromley players reached double figures as the Kent side, winners in 2007 and runners-up in 2006, were bowled out for 120.
Spencer hit trouble early in their innings and with Matt Dennington bowling with venom were soon 16 for three. The key partnership in the match then took shape as Andrew Mawson (49) found a willing partner in Pierre Jason (26).
When Mawson was next out with the score at 83 for four the initiative had swung Spencer’s way. Although Bromley enjoyed some more success they had not posted a big enough total and Spencer eventually ran out winners on a sporting pitch by three wickets.
The other form side in recent years left in the competition are Chester-le-Street who were semi-finalists at Kibworth a couple of years ago.
They progressed in some style as Simon Birtwisle (53) and Alan Mustard (51) added 102 for their first wicketto help Chester-le-Street post 257.
Simon Kerrigan was the pick of the Ormskirk bowlers picking up 4-24. In reply Ian Robinson led the way with an accomplished 71 but could not find a partner to stay with him as Ormskirk struggled. Andrew Bell took 3-3 as he wrapped up the tail as the Durham side won by a convincing 120 runs.
Ealing batted first against their visitors from Bath and scored 174 with contributions from a number of their batsmen. Chris Davies returned figures of 4-34.
Bath started well in reply reaching 72 without loss but then Chris Peploe (2-27) and Simon Hawk (3-25) swung things around as Bath slumped to 122 for five. With Lloyd Davies (26*) and James Brown (25*) batting sensibly Bath cruised to their target with nearly six overs to spare. The West Country side will now host Spencer in the semis.
Shrewsbury booked the final berth with a win at York. York won the toss and batted first, Nick Kay (47) and opener Duncan Snell (44) the top scorers as York’s innings closed on 205 for seven. Elliot Green returned figures of 3-38.
Shrewsbury’s reply was led by Ed Foster who played a true captain’s innings as he scored 104 not out.
With support from the rest of the top four Shrewsbury cruised past their target with nearly seven overs to spare and with eight wickets in hand. Shrewsbury will now host Chester-le-Street on Sunday August 23.
Semi-Finals (Sunday August 23)
Shrewsbury v Chester-le-Street
Bath v Spencer