Previous winners all eliminated
There will be a new winner of the Barbados Cockspur Club t20 this season as all previous champions were knocked out.
Valley End, Peterborough Town, Ealing, Chester-le-Street, New Farnley, Kendal and Hyde all made it through their area finals yesterday, with the South West area final being played this Sunday, the winner of which will face a long trip to giant-killers Valley End.
Valley End, from the Ryman Surrey Championship Division Two, become the lowest ranked league club in club t20 history to make it through to the last eight.
The village side beat Havant, currently top of the Southern Electric Premier League, in their semi-final and then Preston Nomads, currently top of the Sussex Premier League in a display of giant-killing the likes of which not seen since King Kong redecorated Fifth Avenue.
The innings of the round came from Kibworth's Matt Craven who blitzed 104 in 60 balls against Rolls Royce Leisure of the Derbyshire Premier League in the East Midlands area finals.
He could not repeat the feat in the final as the much fancied Leicestershire side were beaten in a very tight match by the hosts Peterborough Town, with all-rounder Lewis Bruce knocking the last ball of the day for six to secure a home tie against Ealing.
The scourge of the Middlesex Premier League destroyed all before them, including reigning Champions Swardeston, at their Corfton Road stronghold.
Ealing's season looked in the balance after having taken only one point from their previous two matches as once mighty Teddington gain ground, this cup day would make or break their season.
They need not have worried as they beat Oxford by six wickets and then Swardeston by five wickets and with their ECB National Club Championship semi-final versus Cambridge Granta this Sunday, Ealing are still on for an historic treble.
The three round-robins in the northern areas all produced excellent cricket and some incredibly tight finishes.
In all, much fancied Chester-le-Street will face New Farnley of the Central Yorkshire League who made it past Wickersley Old Village and former national finalists Bracebridge Heath.
New Farnley are the only non-ECB Premier League club to have made it through, so victory for the Luddites there would mark a serious challenge to the dominance of the accredited leagues.
In the closest match of the round former National Club Champions Old Hill, from the Birmingham and District Premier League, took Hyde, currently top of the Cheshire Premier League, all of the way to a count back.
After both scoring 183 for seven from their 20 overs, Hyde went through by way of outscoring Old Hill in their first five overs 58 to 32.