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Sunshine upsets form in Cockspur Cup

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The long-awaited appearance of the sun in the 2007 Cockspur Cup brought with it a big shock as Birmingham Premier Champions Walsall were soundly beaten by Midland opponents Dunstall in a convincing eight wicket victory.

By the end of the first over, things were not looking promising for the visitors Walsall who were reduced to 0-3 by opening bowler, the ex-Northampstonshhire youngster Craig Jennings. Extras top scored with 17 as Walsall were shot out for just 77, finding the Dunstall attack, which included former England pace bowler Devon Malcolm, too much to handle.

Totton & Eling, who under their previous name of BAT Sports were National Indoor Champions in 2006, proved far too strong for Bournemouth as they bowled their opponents out for 90 to ease to a 125 run win.

Caythorpe, semi-finalists in the last two years, won a low scoring game at Ockbrook & Borrowash by five wickets. Ockbrook won the toss and seized the advantage by batting first but were disappointed to be dismissed for only 113 giving Caythorpe an easy win with ten overs to spare.

Bamford Fieldhouse, group winners in 2006, won on the last ball at Prestwich. Having scored 187 all out with Jerry Cassells top scoring with 68, Bamford found themselves looking down the barrel on the last ball with their hosts on 186-8.

With one run required for victory, by virtue of losing fewer wickets, the ball went through to the wicket-keeper who took the bails off and threw it to the other end as the batsmen ran to complete a last-ball run out.

The Fourth Round (Group Semi-Finals) will be played on Sunday 17th June with one exception. The tie between The Mote and Hastings will be played a week later to avoid a clash with The Mote’s 150th Anniversary Match against Cobham, their opponents in that inaugural fixture as well.

In this round South Northumberland have a home tie against Chester-le-Street. In Group 2 Caythorpe visit Barnsley in one of the ties of the round. Another fixture of note sees Kibworth (2004 winners) host Barnt Green (2005 Runners-up). St Just will be looking to progress against Grampound Road and Bromley will be fancying their chances at Lordswood.

Other ties of interest are at Havant (v Andover) and Slough where Henley are the visitors. Cambridge Granta will be hoping that Jacques du Toit continues his phenomenal form against Southgate whilst the top tie in the South East sees Teddington hosting fierce rivals Ealing.