National Stages line-up nearly complete

Ecb U15 National Club Championship

Only five County Finals remain to be played, with 34 County and the Scottish Champions already through to the National Stages and only Durham, Essex, Leicestershire, Northumberland and Staffordshire still having to complete their county competition.

So from an initial record entry of 1,766 teams by next Monday the competition will be down to the last 40. The First Round of the County Play-offs takes place on Sunday July 11 with the Secnd Round a fortnight later.

Sunbury were the first team to qualify for the County Play-offs when they won the competition in Middlesex.

The Worcestershire County Final saw two outstanding bowling performances as Old Elizabethans won a low-scoring match against Barnt Green. Pace bowling dictated throughout the match as Old Elizabethans were bowled out in 17.3 overs for 96 as H Bevan rampaged through their batting and took 6-19.

Barnt Green were in their turn bowled out for 90 on the last ball of their 20 overs as E Harling took 5-19, Old Elizabethans winning narrowly by six runs.

Heaton Mersey (152-5) cruised through their Cheshire County Final as they beat Alderley Edge (72-9) by 80 runs. Their top performers with bat and ball were J Ainscough who scored 54 and L Marshall who took 3-3.

In Cornwall, St Erme posted 151 for six against Newquay. T Armstrong scored 50 and W Pearce 36. In reply D Ball led the way and scored the second half-century of the match and was supported by J Evans (24) but the Newquay side fell 24 runs short of the St Erme score.

Netherfield were successful in Cumbria as they first disposed of Haveriggs in the semi-final by 34 runs with Brad Earl and Josh Ford scoring 50s. In the County Final they played against Workington, who batted first and scored 95 for five. Netherfield eased to a six-wicket victory in this match.

In Dorset, two previous National Champions met in the County Final. Bournemouth, champions in 2005, beat their local rivals from Parley who had lifted the Harry Secombe Trophy the following year. In those Finals the teams did not have to travel far as the venue was Bournemouth's ground in Chapel Gate next door to Parley. Bournemouth will be dreaming of visiting Kibworth for the Finals Day, as they did in 2008 where they lost in the semi-final.

In Lincolnshire, Lindum CC beat Messingham CC by eight wickets, while Aston Rowant won the Oxfordshire Final when they scored 116 for six against North Cotswold Young Cricketers who only managed 57 for seven in reply.

The highest recorded total in a County Final so far came in Suffolk where Mildenhall, who have reached a number of Regional Finals over the years, won through again. They batted first against Copdock and scored a massive 178 for four. Ryan Clark (50 rtd), Jack Beaumont (41) and Alex Lack (34 not out) led the charge.

When Copdock batted they were never up with the rate and their innings closed on 97 for nine, with Joe Turner taking 3-12.

Another convincing victory came in the Wiltshire Final as South Wilts ran up a total of 165 for five and then bundled Marshfield out for only 56 to win by 109 runs.

York CC won the Yorkshire Final and will be hoping that they can win on their trip to Durham in the second round of the County Play-offs so that they can for once play in the Regional Final that they have hosted for many years.

County champions:

BEDFORDSHIRE Queen's Park CC
BERKSHIRE Finchampstead CC
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE High Wycombe CC
CAMBRIDGESHIRE Cambridge St Giles CC
CHESHIRE Heaton Mersey CC
CORNWALL St Erme CC
CUMBRIA Netherfield CC
DERBYSHIRE Spondon CC
DEVON Budleigh Salterton CC
DORSET Bournemouth CC
GLOUCESTERSHIRE Coalpit Heath CC
HAMPSHIRE Yateley CC
HEREFORDSHIRE Colwall CC
HERTFORDSHIRE Letchworth CC
HUNTINGDONSHIRE Peterborough Town CC
ISLE OF WIGHT Ryde CC
KENT Blackheath CC
LANCASHIRE Heaton CC
LINCOLNSHIRE Lindum CC
MIDDLESEX Sunbury CC
NORFOLK Vauxhall Mallards CC
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Wellingborough CC
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Notts Unity Casuals CC
OXFORDSHIRE Aston Rowant CC
SCOTLAND Grange CC
SHROPSHIRE Shrewsbury CC
SOMERSET Wellington CC
SUFFOLK Mildenhall CC
SURREY Old Whitgiftians CC
SUSSEX Lewes Priory CC
WALES St Fagans CC
WARWICKSHIRE Leamington CC
WILTSHIRE South Wilts CC
WORCESTERSHIRE Old Elizabethans CC
YORKSHIRE York CC

County finals:

DURHAM Friday 9th July - Greenside CC v South Shields CC
ESSEX Monday 12th July - Wanstead v Woodford Wells @ Loughton CC at 6pm
LEICESTERSHIRE Friday 9th July - Sileby Town v Kibworth or Leicester Ivanhoe
NORTHUMBERLAND Thursday 8th July @ Newcastle City CC
STAFFORDSHIRE......arrangements still to be finalised

County play-offs:

1st Round Sunday 11th July
2nd Round Sunday 25th July

Regional finals:

Leamington CC Monday 2nd August
Horsham CC Tuesday 3rd August
York CC Wednesday 4th August
Weston-super-Mare CC Thursday 5th August

National Finals Day:

Kibworth CC, Leicestershire Tuesday 24th August