York Cricket Club won the Kingfisher Beer Cup Final at Derbyshire CCC on Sunday 16th September with a convincing 8-wicket victory over Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club.
York, who were last in the National Club final in 1975, restricted Wanstead & Snaresbrook, in their first ever final, to a modest total thanks to some excellent spin bowling and reach their target with some impressive hitting to get home with 15 overs to spare.
York will play Wanstead & Snaresbrook in the Kingfisher Beer Cup Final after both sides enjoyed comfortable wins in their respective semi final ties.
In York, the hosts welcomed Bamford Fieldhouse from the Saddleworth & District League in Lancashire who had a number of star names to call including ex-Lancashire and England wicketkeeper Warren Hegg, who was captain for the day, and Chris Schofield, who less than a year ago helped Surrey to the CB40 title at Lord's.
Reed CC were have been crowned the Yorkshire Tea Village Cup champions after beating five-times finalists Woodhouse Grange by six wickets in a thrilling final at Lord's.
Tom Greaves was the hero of the day, leading Reedâ€™s pursuit of 185 with a blistering 51 from 49 balls that included seven fours. Earlier he had claimed 2 for 22 in nine probing overs of offspin, including a wicket first ball.
Wimbledon Cricket Club won the ECB National Club t20 Finals with a convincing seven wicket victory over Northern Cricket Club at Edgbaston yesterday.
Wimbledon, who also won the Surrey Championship this season, took early wickets with disciplined bowling from Darren Hooey (3-28), Will Leith (2-11) and captain Neil Turk (2-8) to bowl Northern out for 90 in the final over.
Cricketers from the villages of Reed in Hertfordshire and Woodhouse Grange in North Yorkshire will pit their cricketing skills against each other when they meet at Lordâ€™s on Sunday 9th September to contest the final of the 2012 Village Cup, sponsored by Yorkshire Tea.
To get to Lordâ€™s, both sides have progressed through six regional knock-out rounds followed by a national quarter and semi-final.
Nantwich's young Lancashire Second XI batsman Louis Bentley has been announced as this month's Gunn & Moore Cricket World batting performer of the month. Across four matches for his club, the 22 year-old hit 313 runs at an average of 156.5, including two unbeaten centuries.
Valley End CC added another notch to their cricketing bedpost with a resounding win over Brentwood CC in the final of the Conference Cup played at Amersham CC last Monday. Every player in this Valley End team started playing at the club as a junior and has been a big part of the incredible success of the club over recent years â€“ Valley End CC won the Village Cup at Lord's in 2008.
After a long, wet, challenging season, the Kingfisher Beer Cup is down to the penultimate stages with the semi-finals due to take place on 26th August. York CC will be hosting Bamford Fieldhouse CC and Havant CC will be hosting Wanstead & Snarebrook CC for what is set to be a tense weekend!
We take a look at the latest Cricket World Club Most Valuable Player Ratings as the club cricket season begins its final full month.
York batsman Duncan Snell has been named as this month's Gunn & Moore Cricket World batting performer of the month. Across four matches, he hit 364 runs at an average of 121.33. The highlight was his twin centuries in York's wins on the 21st and 22nd July against Driffield Town and Scarborough. Against the former, he hit 118 off 144 balls in his side's total of 302 for six, while in the latter he was even more impressive, batting throughout the innings to make 139 off 144 balls in their total of 331 for four.
Cricket World look at the state of play across the 26 ECB Premier Leagues at the end of July in our monthly club cricket league round-up.
The Rochdale, Saddleworth and District side secured their semi final place by beating Worcestershire based Kidderminster Victoria with Hegg contributing a well paced 40 runs in his sideâ€™s total of 212 for 6 . They will now travel to York Cricket Club who defeated Cuckney in an enthralling seven run victory.
Will summer ever properly appear in 2012? Sadly the weather took more casualties in the Kingfisher Beer Cup on Sunday but some matches managed to take advantage of a dry day to play their fifth round fixture.
The first of those matches to beat the rain was York v Ockbrook & Borrowash, with the Yorkshire Premier League able to host a fixture after weeks of rain.
With the bad weather showing no sign of relenting, club cricketers were again frustrated this weekend as several matches around England were cancelled.
In the Middlesex County Cricket League, only one match - that between Acton and Brentham - got underway, the match ending in a draw.
Winchmore Hill took their eighth victory of the season, beating second-placed Eastcote by 57 runs to pull out a 20-point lead at the top of the 2012 Middlesex ECB Premier League.
Ealing's three-wicket win over Finchley means they join Eastcote on 60 points, trailing Winchmore Hill, who have 80.
Leaders Chorleywood were the only team in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Division One to complete a game this weekend as the total matches ruined by weather swelled to 325 this season.
That is more than were called off due to weather in the entirety of the 2011 season and it was a similar story throughout the leagues, three games surviving in Division Two, one in Division Three as Divisions Four and Five saw no completed matches.