Final hurdle as Oakham beckons

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The first of the six Regional Finals in the ECB’s U13 National Club Championship takes place on Monday with clubs one step away from reaching the National Final.

Over three days next week the remaining 24 teams in the competition, from an initial entry of over 1,800, will be whittled down to the final six teams who will qualify for the National Finals Festival at Oakham School.

The National Finals Festival will involve the six teams meeting in a round-robin tournament from Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th August.

Each regional final will involve two semi-finals played in the morning starting at 10:30am (11:00 at Uppingham). There is then a break for lunch then a third place play-off and the Regional Final.

The draw for the six Regional Finals are as follows:

Horsham – Monday 26th July

Main pitch - Spencer (Surrey) v Northwood (Isle of Wight)
John Dew Ground - Blackheath (Kent) v Hambledon (Hampshire)

Wolverhampton – Tuesday 27th July

Main pitch - Prestbury (Cheshire) v Old Elizabethans (Worcs)
Second pitch - Wolverhampton (Staffordshire) v Cumnor (Oxon)

Weston-super-Mare – Tuesday 27th July

Main pitch - Exeter (Devon) v Poulton (Gloucestershire)
Second pitch - Newport (Wales) v Swindon (Wiltshire)

Bishop’s Stortford – Wednesday 28th July

Main pitch - High Wycombe (Bucks) v Chelmsford (Essex)
Second pitch - Ealing (Middlesex) v Mildenhall (Suffolk)

Uppingham School – Wednesday 28th July (11:00 start)

Loughborough Town (Leics) v Peterborough Town or Old Northamptonians
Cambridge Granta (Cambridgeshire) v Lindum (Lincolnshire)

Woodhouse Grange (Yorkshire) – Wednesday 28th July
Main pitch - Workington (Cumbria) v Heaton (Lancashire)
Second pitch - Old Leodiensians (Yorks) v Tynemouth (Northumb)