Chester-le-Street and Ealing set for final
Chester-le-Street booked a place in the final of the Barbados Cockspur Club t20 after a thrilling five-run victory over Hyde at Chelmsford.
Richard Waite was the hero, hitting a half-century before holding his nerve after being asked to bowl the final over.
Waite's fine knock was the mainstay of Chester-le-Street's 114 for seven - a total which looked within Hyde's grasp as they made a confident start with the bat.
But, after reaching 61 for two, the Cheshire side lost five wickets for just 10 runs as they struggled against the spin of Quentin Hughes, who took 3-15 from four overs.
Hyde tried valiantly in the dash for late runs but Waite, tossing up his off-spin, displayed nerves of steel to confirm his side's final meeting with Ealing.
Middlesex Premier League champions Ealing made it through to the final with a seven-wicket win over St Just.
Chris Peploe’s 19-ball 36 at the top of the order proved pivotal as Ealing chased down a target of 109 with 21 balls unused.
A brief wobble, which saw three wickets fall for three runs after an opening stand of 51, threatened to bring St Just back into the match, but Pat Fallis and Mylo Wilkin then shared an unbroken stand of 55 from 57 deliveries to see their side home.
Fallis finished unbeaten on 28, while Wilkin, whose younger brother Oliver had earlier provided support to Peploe, contributed 20.
Peploe, with 1-23, was one of several bowlers to impress as St Just were restricted to 108 for six from 20 overs. Tahir Afridi was the pick of Ealing’s attack with 2-19.
The victorious finalists will win an all-inclusive pre-season tour to Barbados courtesy of the Barbados Tourism Authority.