Knockout Trophy reaches last eight
The quarter-final draw for the the Minor Counties Knockout Trophy has been confirmed after the conclusion of the group stage.
Cheshire, Devon, Dorset, Cumberland and Staffordshire joined Cornwall, Suffolk and Wiltshire in the last eight - the latter trio having qualified the previous week.
The quarter-finals, to be played on June 17, are as follows: Cheshire v Dorset, Cornwall v Cumberland, Staffordshire v Suffolk and Wiltshire v Devon.
Group Four remarkably finished with all five teams on four points. Staffordshire and Dorset qualified on net run-rate despite losing their last games.
Buckinghamshire beat Staffordshire by five wickets at Marlow.
Atiq-ur-Rehman Chishti top-scored in the match with 87 not out of Staffordshire’s 230 for five, but Fahim Qureshi’s 75 from the top of the order set up the hosts’ win.
Wales Minor Counties were the only Group Four team to win two games, thanks to a six-wicket defeat of Dorset at Swansea.
A fine all-round bowling display saw Dorset dismissed for 115 in 33.2 overs and the hosts knocked off the runs in 37.1.
The cancellation of Cheshire’s game at home to Herefordshire at Bramhall, due to a waterlogged pitch, earned them top place in Group Three.
Cumberland secured the runners-up spot, after beating Cambridgeshire by four wickets at Workington on Monday.
The visitors were restricted to 199 for six, despite Glen Goosen's 69, and Cumberland overhauled that mark thanks to 53 from debutant opener Josh Tolley and liam Livingstone's unbeaten 59.
Cambridgeshire had defeated Northumberland by 35 runs at Jesmond on the previous day to set up a winner-takes-all decider against Cumberland.
Lewis Bruce’s 74 aided a home total of 267 for nine, but Ramanpreet Singh’s 85 helped complete victory with 16 balls to spare.
Devon took the runners-up spot behind Group One winners Cornwall thanks to a 166-run demolition of hosts Oxfordshire at Challow & Childrey.
Opener Robert Woodman’s 79 underpinned Devon’s 277 for nine and brilliant figures of 5-10 from Christopher Bradley helped dismiss Oxfordshire in 33.1 overs.
With Wiltshire and Suffolk already having progressed from Group Two, Shropshire beat Lincolnshire by 60 runs at Lincoln.