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Through to the semi-finals

26 June 2008

by Helen Saxbee

THE defending champions, Guildford, cruised into the semi-finals of this year’s Church Times Cricket Cup with a comprehensive ten-wicket victory over Lichfield, this year’s lucky runners-up, at Deddington, on Monday.

Lichfield won the toss and elected to bat, and made 141 all out. Hewlett did well, standing for 61 not out. Jones, taking four for 25, was Guildford’s best bowler, while Newton and Frith took two apiece. In reply, Guildford raced to the target in just 23 overs, with the loss of no wicket. Frost and Sheldon as openers were undefeated on 69 and 64 respectively.

In the semi-finals, Guildford will now face Chester, who defeated Bradford by 145 runs on Monday at Marple CC. Chester won the toss and batted first, and scored 216 for 9, in an innings that had the distinction of including one all-run six. Rankin and Hanson made 44 and 38 respectively; and Humphries was 30 not out. Roberts had the best of the bowling, taking 3 for 36. Bavington took 2 for 31, and Buttanshaw 2 for 34.

  In reply, Bradford, a player short, finished at 71 for 9. Bavington was the best batsman, scoring 24, dismissed when Field took an excellent catch, running 30 yards along the boundary. Chester’s bowling was too strong, however, as Froggatt took 4 for 20, and Razzall 3 for 17.

Also through to the semis are London, after they beat Birmingham through a couple of impressive batting performances at Marston cricket ground, on Monday. Birmingham won the toss and elected to field, and London made 258 for the loss of 6 wickets. Coles made an exact century and Gandon made 65 — they put on 126 for the fourth wicket. Birmingham’s progress in reply was hampered as Paynter took the first three wickets for 18 runs, and despite Turner’s stand of 54 not out, Birmingham finished with 139 for 9.

London’s semi-final rivals will be Exeter, who go through without playing this week, as Leicester were unable to raise a side.

Lichfield 141 all out (Hewlett 61 not out; Jones 4 for 25, Newton 2 for 23, Frith 2 for 36). Guildford 145 for 0 (Frost 69 not out, Sheldon 64 not out).

Guildford won by 10 wickets.

Chester 216 for 9 (Rankin 44, Hanson 38, Humphries 30 not out; Roberts 3 for 36, Bavington 2 for 31, Buttanshaw 2 for 34). Bradford 71 for 9 (Bavington 24; Froggatt 4 for 20, Rzall 3 for 17).

Chester won by 45 runs.

London 258 for 6 (Coles 100, Gandon 65; Parker 2 for 38). Birmingham 139 for 9 (Turner 54 not out; Paynter 3 for 18). London won by 119 runs.

Leicester conceded to Exeter.

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