Monday 3 December 2007 

ECB Cockspur Cup 2007: Round 5

Scottish side Poloc were given a hefty 260-run pasting by Chester-Le-Street in the fifth round of the Cockspur Cup as the weather relented to allow a further ten matches to be decided.

Once Chester-le-Street's Quentin Hughes (109) and Wayne Ritzema (101) put on 223 for the first wicket, the contest promised either an emphatic victory or a nerve-tingling run chase as the Durham side amassed an intimidating total of 347-7. But in reply, Poloc fell at the first hurdle and struggled to make any headway, their innings closing on a disappointing 87 all out.

Caythorpe continued their campaign to reach the final after being beaten in the semi-final in the last two seasons by winning a very close game at Kimberley Institute. Batting first, their 202-8 was built around an impressive century from from former Northamptonshire and Notts batsman Russell Warren.

In reply Jason Gorman’s 58 proved insufficient as a gallant Kimberley effort ended 18 runs short.

Caythorpe will now host Chester-le-Street in the last 16.

West Indian Cavaliers batted first at Clifton Village and their 228-9 included fine innings by Dominic Williamson (74) and Michael Millwood (66). A check was put on the scoring by a good spell of bowling from Clifton's Adam Shepherd (4-34) but their batsmen could not match his performances and Clifton Village fell away in their reply to 99 all out.

In the North-West, no play was possible at Old Trafford in the Roses Match but just down the road both games in the Cockspur Cup were played to a conclusion with a reduced overs game played at Hyde and Lancaster hosting a full game.

At Lancaster, the visitors Lytham batted first and encountered early difficulties but thanks to a fourth wicket partnership of 207 between Guy Roberts (112) and Lee Hilton (101*), they were able to set a challenging score of 239-6.

Despite the efforts of Monty Hodge (57) and Luke Phillips (57) the hosts were behind the required rate until Brendan Hetherington joined the fray at the fall of the seventh wicket making 38 off 19 balls which nearly pulled the tie around. But with 12 needed off the last over, Lytham captured the last wicket with four balls to spare to post a ten run victory.

Under dark thunderous clouds, Hyde pulled off a invigorating 32-run victory over Liverpool side Ormskirk at Werneth Low and entered the last 16 for the first time after totalling 142-7 in an innings reduced to 30 overs after rain stopped play at 87-1, Dave Fitzsimmons scoring 52 and Chris Tipper 35.

In reply Ormskirk raced to 55-0, but were eventually dismissed for 110 with former Ormskirk bowler Mike Lambert taking 4-31and the firlders pulling off three brilliant run outs.

Said Hyde skipper David Fitzsimmons: “We did really well without James Duffy and Danny Woods who were playing for Cheshire and we had five under 19s playing. Directly we got back to the pavilion, there was thunder and lighting and the pitch was flooded again - as it had been all week”.

Kibworth eased to a seven wicket victory at Wolverhampton. After restricting their hosts to 145-9 Kibworth were always in control and are now eyeing up a return to Lord’s after being victorious there in 2004.

Weston-super-Mare travelled to St Fagan’s and batting first, scored 210-8 with Andy Fear top-scoring with 52. Matt Kearsley then bowled a decisive spell taking 6-39 as the home side were dismissed for 177, Weston winning by 33 runs. They will now travel to St Just, last year’s other losing Semi-Finalists who cruised to victory in Devon against Cornwood.

The St Just bowling attack showed no signs of fatigue after their long journey to the match as they shot Cornwood out for 105 with Graham Trenwith leading the way with 4-14 and Robert Clackworthy chipping in with 3-16. St Just won with just one wicket down.

In the Group 15 Final the clash between the two Sussex clubs left in the competition proved to be another one-sided affair with Horsham, the 2005 Champions, soundly beaten by Preston Nomads.

The hosts batted first and with Kashif Ibrahim leading the way with an imperious 147, posted a total of 245-7.

Horsham struggled in reply and subsided to 93 all out with Jeremy Green taking 4-28. Preston Nomads will now host Cambridge Granta in the last 16 following their win over Brentwood. Granta batted first and were disappointed not to bat their full overs then had their work cut out defending their 194.

Sean Park top scored with 76 and Jacques du Toit failed for the second round running after his mighty scoring in the first three matches of the 2007 competition. In reply Brentwood came close, missing out by just ten runs with Philip Ayres left high and dry on 61* with no more partners.

Only two matches had been played to schedule on Sunday July 1 with Bromley thrashing The Mote in Group 16. Bromley batted first and scored 250-8 with former England and Sussex batsman Alan Wells once more showing his class with an attractive 70. They shot out their opponents for 54 with Tom Mees leading the way with 4-10. The other tie in Group 11 saw an amazing finish as Havant were bowled out for 140 and Totton & Eling scrambling a leg-bye on the last ball to tie the scores, winning by virtue of losing fewer wickets.

Northern hosted Bootle in a 35-over game. Despite winning the toss and batting, the visitors never mastered the conditions and were dismissed for 129 in 34.2 overs. The home side also found the conditions difficult to score in but with Carl Hey (67*) and J Wildman (39) adding 95 for the second wicket, Northern stayed in command and triumphed by eight wickets with three overs to spare.

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