PETERBOROUGH booked their place in the quarter-finals, after beating Ely in the group decider on Monday.
Ely batted first, but were all out for 117 in 33.2 overs. Foster was the top scorer with 58. In reply, Peterborough reached 119 for 5 in 31.1 overs. Morton capped an all-round display by hitting 57. In the quarter-finals, Peterborough play Oxford, who won the draw for the runners-up place.
Carlisle, who this year have merged with Blackburn diocese, edged out Liverpool at Kendal last week to clinch a quarter-final berth, where they will meet Lichfield.
The visitors batted first, and posted 72 for 5, in a match reduced to 25 overs because of traffic delays. Leffler was their top scorer with 21. Jones took 3 for 19, then spearheaded the hosts’ response, hitting 23, as they reached 75 for 5 with four balls to spare.
Bath & Wells made it to the quarter-finals with a second consecutive nine-wicket victory, this time against Oxford at Keynsham on Monday. Oxford won the toss and elected to bat, posting 168 for 6 in their 40 overs. Wingfield Digby made 90 runs. But the hosts easily surpassed that total, making 171 for the loss of just one wicket in 27.5 overs, with centurion Newport (101 n.o.) and Peach (47 n.o.) weighing in with the majority of the runs.
Manchester saw off last year’s finalists Chester at Marple, in an exciting match that was reduced to 20 overs because of rain.
Manchester won the toss and put Chester into bat, and the hosts made 109 for 9. Thompson took four wickets for 25. In reply, Manchester reached their target with just one ball to spare, finishing on 112 with the loss of just one wicket. Carlisle was their top scorer, making 39 not out. Lindop posted 33 runs.
Guildford thrashed Canterbury at Normandy on Monday. The hosts won the toss and batted first, posting 223 all out. Marrow scored 70 on his 40th birthday, supported by half-centurion Thomas. In response, Canterbury collapsed to just 16 all out, with the Guildford captain, Newton, taking seven wickets for six runs.
Last year’s winners, Salisbury, finally won a match this season. They beat Exeter by nine wickets at Sampford Peverell on Monday. Exeter batted first, and were all out for 115 in 33 overs. Hobbs hit 34 not out, while Bradbury took an impressive five wickets for eight runs.
In response, Salisbury cantered to victory with the loss of just one wicket, Strain leading the charge hitting 58 not out, supported by Nurton’s knock of 43.
Ely 117 all out (Foster 58; Morton 2 for 10, David 2 for 17, Symes 2 for 17). Peterborough 119 for 5 (Morton 57, Lake 27; Midgley 2 for 13, Monck 2 for 16). Peterborough won by 5 wickets.
Liverpool 72 for 5 (Leffler 21; Jones 3 for 19). Carlisle 75 for 5 (Jones 23, Clegg 14). Carlisle won by 5 wickets.
Oxford 168 for 6 (Wingfield Digby 90; Smith 2 for 28). Bath & Wells 171 for 1 (Newport 101 n.o., Peach 47 n.o.). Bath & Wells won by 9 wickets.
Chester 109 for 9 (Thompson 4 for 25); Manchester 112 for 1 (Carlisle 39 n.o., Lindop 33). Manchester won by 9 wickets.
Guildford 223 all out (Marrow 70, Thomas 52). Canterbury 16 all out (Newton 7 for 6). Guildford won by 207 runs.
Exeter 115 all out (Hobbs 34 n.o.; Bradbury 5 for 8). Salisbury 119 for 1 (Strain 58 n.o., Nurton 43). Salisbury won by 9 wickets.
Carlisle v Lichfield
Chichester v Bradford
Winner 3A v Bath & Wells
Peterborough v Oxford