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Spencer through after tied match

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Spencer CC edged past Havant CC in the tie of the round to take their place in the quarter-finals of the ECB National Club Championship.

Despite a wet weekend, all of the scheduled matches in the fifth round went ahead as scheduled, and after winning the toss and batting Havant CC posted a decent 214 for nine with Ben Walker top scoring with 87, and Jimmy Birt the top Spencer bowler taking 4-32 in his nine-over allocation.

Spencer looked in trouble at 154 for seven, Andrew Mason having made 65, until a 45-run partnership for the eighth wicket put them back in contention. Needing six to win off the last over it was heading to the wire, but Spencer managed only five with Patrick Foster run out off the last ball for 37 to leave the scores tied on 214 for nine.

Unfortunately for Havant, Spencer had more runs at the end of the 44th over, so it is them that progress to the last eight.

Spencer will host Bromley in the quarter-finals following the latter’s win over Cambridge Granta CC. After deciding to bat first, Cambridge Granta posted 167 for nine after 45, but this was too prove too few as 2007 champions Bromley successfully chased with the loss of just five wickets.

Chester-le-Street CC and Ormskirk CC will face off in the quatrter-finals as both sides comfortably won their respective fifth-round ties. After losing the toss and being asked to bat by Bootle CC, Chester-le-Street posted a formidable 269 for six off their 45 overs, with Richard Waite becoming the competition’s leading run scorer as his 152 took him to a total of 329 runs.

Waite was well supported by Anthony Birbeck (38) and Liam Simpson (26 not out), with M O’Connor aiding Bootle’s cause with 2-48. In reply, Bootle could only manage 81 for nine, with captain David Snellgrove (25) and wicketkeeper Neil Williams (18) the only batsmen to offer any resistance to the Chester-le-Street bowlers, as Andrew Bell finished with 3-13 and Richard Waire 2-9.

Ormskirk beat Leyland CC by nine wickets, as they successfully chased 136 in 25.2 overs. York CC beat Clifton Village by the same margin; with Clifton Village winning the toss and electing to bat first, Marcus Wood and Duncan Snell did the damage for York taking 3-20 and 3-33 respectively, Peter Scott top-scoring for Clifton with 64 as they posted 162 all out.

This never troubled York as Duncan Snell top scored with the bat, after his excellent bowling performance, with 67 not out. He was ably supported by Ashley Hume (46) and Simon Mason (42 not out).

York CC will take on the winner of the match between Walmley CC and Shrewsbury CC, scheduled to take place on Sunday July 19.

The last quarter-final will be between Ealing CC and Bath CC as they overcame Finchley CC and Taunton St Andrews CC respectively. Bath CC won by eight wickets after asking Taunton St Andrews to bat and dismissing them for 148.

Ealing, batting first after winning the toss, posted a challenging 232 for eight from their 45 overs. The mainstay of this was a 135-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Sameer Patel (87) and Chris Peploe (73) to take Ealing from 39 for three to 174 for four.

Richard Banham was Finchley’s star man with the ball, taking 3-40. The loss of early wickets prevented Finchley from mounting a serious chase of Ealing’s score, and at 55 for seven they were in danger of being dismissed for less than 100.

But 48 from James Wheelan and 20 from Tilan Wijesinghe allowed Finchley to recover before being dismissed for 137. Oliver Wilkin put in the bowling performance of the round, to end with figures of 5-28, whilst he was ably supported by Tahir Afridi who finished with 3-38.

The full draw for the Quarter-Finals is available on www.ecb.play-cricket.com with the quarter finals scheduled to take place on August 2.