CRICKETER CUP SECOND ROUND 25 JUNE 2017
Another fine weekend saw all eight matches completed in the second round. At the top of the draw Old Wellingtonians batted first at Bradfield and were all out for 219, B. Curran top scoring with 46. In reply Bradfield Waifs, without their Middlesex star
Ryan Higgins, could only muster 189 in 41 overs, G. Atkinson scoring 57. Old Wellingtonians will now play Charterhouse Friars, who had an easy nine wicket win at Clifton. Old Cliftonians, without their Gloucestershire player Will Rudge who had contributed with bat and ball in the first round, were all out for 62 in 27 overs. The Friars raced home in only 12 overs. Stowe Templars had a big win at Shrewsbury. Rob White, formerly of Northamptonshire, made a magnificent 149 in Stowe’s 278-4, and Shrewsbury could only muster 152, M.Hulbert taking 5-38. Stowe now host the holders, Old Malvernians, who again look strong. Their total of 298-8, with Odge Davey making 115 and Freddie Wynn 60 following his 96 in the first round, was too good for Oundle Rovers who were all out for 193.
In the bottom half of the draw Old Wykehamists had a remarkable win at Tonbridge. OWs batted first but collapsed from 96-2 to 159 all out, the main damage being done by off-spinners Marcus O’Riordan (4-21) and Tom Coldman (3-19). Tonbridge, perhaps thinking it was a T20 match, set off like a train with 24-0 after only 3 overs, but some cavalier shots and good bowling saw them slump to 60-8 after only 13 overs. They eventually succumbed for 111, the pace bowling of James Essex (2- 35), and spinners Alex Sachak (3-14) and Elliott Bath (3-29), doing the damage on what appeared to be a blameless wicket. Old Wykehamists will now play Old Eastbournians who beat Sherborne Pilgrims by 71 runs; Angus Stewart top scored for Eastbourne with 61. Marlborough Blues had a comfortable win against Old Cholmelians. Marlborough scored 254-8, with A.J.Combe making an impressive 107, Marlborough’s second centurion in the 2017 competition. Cholmelians slumped to 12-3 but a fifth wicket partnership of 75 earned respectability and they were all out for 139. Cholmelians commented that it was ‘a day that was a credit to the competition, much enjoyed by all’. Marlborough’s quarter-final opponents will be Old Bedfordians who beat Felsted Robins. Felsted made 203-9 in their 50 overs, Shiv Patel taking 4-18, but Bedford made light of this target, winning by 7 wickets with 12 overs to spare, Northamptonshire’s James Kettleborough unbeaten on 101.
In the bottom half of the draw at least one unfamiliar name will be at Arundel for the final, since none of the remaining sides has appeared in a final since 1982, nor are any in the top ten of the merit table. Old Eastbournians and Old Bedfordians have only played in the competition since 2011, while the last occasion on which Old Wykehamists reached the final (and won it) was 1982 and Marlborough Blues’ only final appearance (again a winning one) was in 1980. By contrast the top half of the draw has three sides with thirteen winning finals between them, led by Malvern with ten wins, along with Stowe Templars who have made an increasing impact on the competition in recent years.
Quarter Final Draw (to be played on Sunday 9 July):
Old Wellingtonians v Charterhouse Friars
Stowe Templars v Old Malvernians
Old Wykehamists v Old Eastbournians
Marlborough Blues v Old Bedfordians