Champions eye repeat dose
Leeds & Broomfield remain on course to defend their Women’s Cricket Southern League Super 8 Twenty20 crown after they became one of four sides to reach this season's semi-finals.
The champions earned a berth in the last four by virtue of their quarter-final opponents failing to raise a side, as did Hampshire side Hursley Park who will join them in the semis without having to bowl a ball.
The other two quarter-finals were contested between four clubs representing the other Home Counties - Blackheath from Kent met Shepperton from Surrey while Twickenham from Middlesex played Harold Wood from Essex.
On a damp pitch at Blackheath, the home side got off to a horrific start - both openers were back in the pavilion with only one run on the board - but Grace Gibbs and Leanne Atkins came together for a 76-run partnership to give some respectability to the score.
After Gibbs fell to Beth Cartledge for 28 and Atkins was run out on 45, Blackheath's runs dried up. Three wickets fell with the score on 99 and the home side limped to 104 for six.
In reply, Shepperton lost Cartledge early but Steph Williams and Helen Kopicki batted intelligently - all dabs and nurdles - to put Shepperton in an excellent position.
Blackheath's fielding was sloppy under pressure until Greer Hill ran out Williams - calmly rolling the ball down the pitch for a direct hit - to leave Shepperton at 75 for two, with Kopicki well set.
Shepperton had wickets in hand and needed just over a run a ball, but up stood Becki McWhinnie to take two wickets in an over including the dangerous Kopicki to turn the match Blackheath's way.
No Shepperton player could hit the boundaries needed to ease the pressure and Blackheath completed an unlikely victory as they bowled Shepperton out for 90.
In the other quarter-final, having lost the toss Twickenham were put into bat by a young Harold Wood side. Openers Kat Dickens and Liz Foster showed fine form as they eased their way to a commanding 92 opening partnership before Foster 25 was dismissed by Dani Armes.
Dickens followed shortly afterwards on 48 as Twickenham ended on 121 after their allotted 15 eight-ball overs.
In reply Harold Wood showed in the opening overs that they were more than capable of keeping up with the run rate but once captain Ann Baker came on to bowl, openers Stacey Bysouth and Armes soon fell victim.
With Baker mopping up two more wickets and Tee Hollingsbee taking two wickets in one over the visitors ground to a halt and were all out for 63 in the 12th over.