Teddington storm into semis
Teddington won their quarter-final in the National Club Championship against Saffron Walden with consummate ease to move within one win of a place in the Derby final.
The semi-finals will see one new face as Bamford Fieldhouse from the Saddleworth beat Walmley from the Birmingham Prem. The Lancashire side will travel to 2006 winners South Northumberland whilst the other semi will see an all Middlesex tie at Teddington as they host Ealing.
Essex side Saffron Walden travelled to the picturesque surroundings of Bushy Park and after winning the toss elected to bat. Saffron Walden struggled throughout the innings with Jason Gallian top-scoring with 39 as they managed only 117 in 44.5 overs. Destroyer in chief was Charl Malan, who took 5-17 with his off-spinners.
When Teddington batted opener James Keightley (63 not) led the way and although they lost three wickets fairly early on in the chase he found a willing ally in James Wade (35 not) as the Middlesex side cruised to a seven-wicket win in 28.1 overs.
At the beautiful ground in Bath the home side won the toss and decided to bat against Teddington’s Middlesex rivals from Ealing. The home side got off to a good start as openers James Campbell (30) and Robin Lett (43) put on 57 but then Tahir Afridi took two quick wickets.
Lloyd Davies (45) then added stability as the score was taken on to 133 for two, but then four quick wickets fell as the score became 142 for six. The Bath innings never recovered from this set-back and with Simon Hawk taking 4-42 the home side were dismissed in 39.4 overs for 173.
Although Ealing lost two early wickets, opener Hawk (65) completed a fine all-round display as he led the way to victory. Ealing took their time and used up 43 overs to win by five wickets. In the semis they will have a much shorter journey as they travel to Bushy Park to take on Teddington thus ensuring a Middlesex side in the Final at Derby on September 18.
South Northumberland are through after beating Northern by three wickets in an exciting match in Gosforth. Northern batted first and at one stage were 118 for one after a second wicket stand of 114 between Chris Tripper (60) and John Wildman (39).
Northern ended on 210 for eight with James Cole 37 not out and an amazing 38 extras including 23 wides. The best bowlers for South North were Stephen Humble 2-29, Brendan Ford 2-29 and Chris Hooker 2-40.
In reply South North were 83 for three with Adam Heather out for 30 before a stand of 64 between John Graham (50) and Adam Cragg (36). Wickets then fell at regular intervals before 20 was needed from the final two overs.
Jonny Wightman hit a four and an enormous six in the penultimate over leaving five to win in the final over. Humble hit the first ball for four then scampered a single to win with four balls remaining. For Northern Stephen Cole took 2-38 and Michael Baer 1-28.
Bamford Fieldhouse caused another major upset on their own ground as they disposed of Walmley, who won the toss and ask their hosts to bat. Alan Marshall (40) and Jack Kelliher (31) were the main run scorers and Mark Chadwick weighed in with a valuable 24 not out as the Lancashire side totalled 159 for nine in their 45 overs.
Greg Ricketts was the pick of the Walmley bowlers as he took 4-32. When the Midlands side batted the only significant contribution came from Chris Howell who scored 35. The Bamford Fieldhouse bowlers, led by Melbourne Austin (3-30), had a stranglehold on the visitors' innings from the start as they were hustled out for 98, Bamford Fieldhouse winning by 61 runs.
ECB National Club Championship - Quarter-Final Results - Sunday August 8
South Northumberland 211-7 (J Graham 50) beat Northern 210-8 (C Tripper 60) by 3 wickets
Bamford Fieldhouse 159-9 (G Ricketts 4-32) beat Walmley 98 by 61 runs
Teddington 121-3 (J Keightley 63*) beat Saffron Walden 117 (C Malan 5-17) by 7 wickets
Bath 173 (S Hawk 4-42) lost to Ealing 177-5 (S Hawk 65) by 5 wickets