Ventnor first test for Ealing

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Last year's runners-up Ealing will host Ventnor in the first round of the 2011 ECB National Club Championship.

The draw for the regionalised group stages has now been made, and sees the Londoners welcome the side from the Isle of Wight on Sunday May 8; with a home tie against the winners of South Wilts v Sunbury awaiting the victors.

Reigning champions South Northumberland sit out the first round with a bye and have a home draw against the winners of Sunderland v South Shields in the second round.

Former finalists Ockbrook & Borrowash play against local rivals and 2003 winners Sandiacre Town in one of the ties of the round.

Other recent former winners in first round action include Chester le Street at home to Crook, Kibworth away to Sawbridgeworth, Bromley away to Osterley, and Horsham at home to Lewes Priory.

Five-time winners Scarborough have been drawn away at North East Premier side Blaydon, while four-time winners Old Hill are drawn away at Birmingham League rivals Moseley.

Excellent support has been gained from the North West with 47 teams entering the draw from the Liverpool Competition, Northern League, Palace Shield, Bolton League and Association, Manchester Association, Central Lancashire League and Cheshire League.

Of other new clubs to the competition, Harrow St Mary's - a recent NatWest CricketForce showcase club - make their first appearance at home against 2009 runners up Spencer.

Fixtures are to be played on mutually agreeable dates before May 8 as the increased number of Bank Holidays in 2011 provides increased opportunities to play the scheduled rounds through the summer.

For full details of the draw please see the official competition site on