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Quarter-final places are hard fought

14 June 2013

SHUTTERSTOCK

THE rain held off for the final group matches of the 2013 Church Times Cricket Cup this week.

Winchester and Chichester played at Seaford College, Petworth, on Monday to decide the group winner.

Winchester batted first, and King scored freely, clocking up 38. Runs were limited by tight bowling from Swindells (2 for 21), Frith (3 for 14) and Peterson (2 for 13). Winchester were all out for 133.

Chichester responded confidently, thanks to Peterson (25), Dillingham (26), and Gray (44), finishing on 134 for 4 with three overs in hand. Winchester, however, will join them in the quarter finals, selected at random as the lucky runners-up.

In the same group, Canterbury and Guildford met on Monday at Upchurch Cricket Club in Kent. Canterbury batted first, taking advantage of a slow wicket. Opener Emslie, assisted by strong winds, hit 16 fours to reach 98. In a desperate attempt to secure a century, he was caught on the boundary on the final ball of the innings. Nelson scored 89, helping Canterbury to finish on 219 for 5.

Guildford's response was hindered by fine fielding. De Berry shone among the bowlers, taking 4 for 25, and Emslie took 2 for 6. Ovenden took 2 for 20. Guildford scored 119 all out, losing by 100 runs.

There was a rerun of last year's tense final, at New Malden, on Monday. Last year's champions, Southwark, took on London, the losing finalists to decide who would progress in the competition.

London got off to an unpromising start: openers Moffatt and Jelley fell to Philbrick and Rose respectively, with just one run between them. James fell to Lee shortly after, for 19, leaving London on 32 for 3.

Then came the partnership that changed the game. Barnes - whose century in last year's final earned him Man of the Match - scored a cultured 134, alongside Allerton, who reached 60. Together, they took London past 200, before falling in quick succession. The run-rate then slowed, but London reached 275 for 9.

With the ever-dangerous Groenewald opening for Southwark, there was still everything to play for. But Kendall took a succession of wickets, dismissing Sewell and Stainer in consecutive balls; he then removed Groenewald, and Perkins shortly after. After a brief flurry from Aagard and Long, Barnes mopped up the tail. Southwark were all out for 134.

Worcester played Coventry at Kidderminster CC on Monday. Worcester batted first, making 205 for 8 from 40 overs. Lake scored a fine century, well supported by Ryan (43). Burton, a Baptist minister (the new tournament rules allow up to three non-Anglican players), playing his first game for Coventry, bowled well, taking 2 for 40. Vogel was economic and Hammond took 2 wickets for 3 runs at the end of the innings.

Coventry's reply began strongly. Vogel hit a rapid 34, and Moffatt and Gandon saw them home with several overs to spare.

Salisbury clinched a place in the quarter-finals with a 122-run victory over the Forces Chaplaincy Team at Amport CC on Monday.

Salisbury won the toss and opted to bat. Strain and Bradbury put together a magnificent opening stand of 151. Strain eventually perished just four short of his century, but Bradbury, well supported by Rimmer (70), went on to reach 100 before being run out in the final over.

Salisbury's total of 278 for 4 looked imposing and, despite 60 from Coles, who fell to a fine boundary catch by Strain, the Chaplains were dismissed for 156.

Norwich faced Peterborough, at the Emmanuel Sports Ground in Cambridge on Monday. Norwich began badly, losing 4 wickets for just 27 runs. But a solid partnership between Haywood (73) and Tyler (54*) took them to 210 for 9.

In reply, a 50 opening partnership between Jefferson (34) and Benoy (34) provided the platform for a sustained assault by Symes (41), Taylor (35) and Purnell (44*). But Peterborough ran out of overs on 200 for 4.

Manchester took on neighbours Liverpool at Warrington on Thursday of last week. Manchester won the toss and put Liverpool into bat, and dismissed them for 84. Manchester barely broke a sweat in reply, clocking up 87 for no wicket.

Blackburn/Carlisle v Chester, postponed twice owing to rain, finally went ahead on 30 May on an artificial pitch. Chester batted first, but the wet outfield meant that runs did not come easily. Openers Parkinson and McLaren scored 11 and 31 respectively; Rankin made 56 taking Chester to 145 for 5 from 35 overs. Jones took three wickets for 26 runs.

Blackburn/Carlisle lost a wicket in the second over to Bishop. Jones and Sarvananthan steadied the innings, however. Sarvananthan was caught at deep fine leg by Currie on 40, having twice been dropped. Muthallaly then scored an impressive unbeaten 52, including 5 sixes, to take Blackburn/Carlisle to victory by 7 wickets.

They led their group as the Church Times went to press. But if Manchester won their match against Chester, which was due to be played yesterday, they would be level with Blackburn/Carlisle, in which case the winner of the group would be decided on run-rate. Update: Chester beat Manchester on Thursday, meaning that Blackburn-Carlisle will play London in the quarter-finals.

Winchester 133 all out (King 38; Swindells 2 for 21, Frith 3 for 14, Peterson 2 for 13). Chichester 134 for 4 (Gray 44, Peterson 25, Dillingham 26). Chichester won by 6 wickets.

Canterbury 219 for 5 (Emslie 98, Nelson 89, de Berry 24; Prior 1 for 11). Guildford 119 all out (de Berry 4 for 25, Emslie 2 for 6, Ovenden 2 for 20). Canterbury won by 100 runs.

London 275 for 9 from 40 overs (Barnes 134, Allerton 60; Philbrick 2 for 39, Jelley 2 for 44). Southwark 134 all out from 30.1 overs (Aagard 27, Long 23; Kendall 4 for 27, Barnes 4 for 15). London won by 141 runs

Worcester 205 for 8 from 40 overs (Lake 102, Ryan 43; Hammond 2 for 3, Burton 2 for 40, Gandon 2 for 40, Vogel 1 for 13). Coventry 207 for 3 from 33.5 overs (Gandon 76*, Moffatt 49*, Vogel 34). Coventry won by 7 wickets.

Salisbury 278 for 4 (Strain 96, Bradbury 100, Rimmer 70). Forces Chaplaincy Team 156 all out (Coles 60; Rimmer 3 for 35). Salisbury won by 122 runs.

Norwich 210 for 9 (Haywood 73, Tyler 54*; Lake 4 for 35, Coad 2 for 43, Purnell 1 for 16). Peterborough 200 for 4 (Jefferson 34, Benoy 34, Symes 41, Taylor 35, Purnell 44*; Smith 2 for 47). Norwich won by 10 runs.

Liverpool 84 all out (Birch 17; David 3 for 15). Manchester 87 for 0 from 15.3 overs (James 41 (retired), Lindop 22 (retired). Manchester won by 10 wickets.

Chester 145 for 5 from 35 overs (Parkinson 11, McLaren 31 Rankin 56; Jones 3 for 26, Sarvananthan 1 for 18). Blackburn/Carlisle 146 for 3 from 29.4 overs (Sarvananthan 40, Muthallaly 52; Bishop 1 for 36, Parkinson 1 for 32, Montgomery 1 for 60). Carlisle/Blackburn won by 7 wickets.

*not out

Quarter-finals

Chichester v Bradford

Leicester v Lichfield (on Monday 17 June at Tamworth CC)

Blackburn/Carlisle v London

Salisbury v Winchester (on Monday 17 June)

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