Tuesday May 26th 2015

Very few results as it was half-term; mainly a few games against Old Boys? sides. These can often be not very satisfactory contests as the best old boys probably play for clubs and can?t be released on a Saturday. A magnificent exception was at Shrewsbury where the school side and the old boys side (Shrewsbury Saracens) were captained by the brothers Lewis who also happen to be the grandsons of Peter May. The Saracens knocked up 222 for five in their 40 overs and the school responded vigorously to finish three short on 219 with six down. A fuller report will appear next week.

The main activity last week was the play-off stage of the National Twenty20 competition. There were some tense encounters and one or two surprises, but we are now down to the last 16 in the competition with finals day (semi-finals and finals) at Arundel on Friday July 3rd, starting 10am. Always a great event and so far at Arundel we have been blessed wth glorious weather which has produced good crowds of local spectators. We are also privileged to have the event covered by the doyen of cricket photographers Patrick Eagar. For details click here.

Last year, CricHQ covered the finals day live with ball-by-ball coverage available on the internet on this website. This year they have extended their sponsorship (in the sense of not charging for providing a service which normally entails a management fee) by covering all the matches from regional finals onwards, though not actually providing a scorer until finals day. As long as schools can provide a scorer using CricHQ and there is an internet connection available (see last week on how to make a smartphone a local hotspot), then all matches involving the last 16 can be covered live on this website and also on a school?s own website. Details are being sent to the schools involved.

Postscript to my remarks last week about tips which Andrew Strauss has invited. Item number 5: NEVER play the halfway shot, ie neither a cut (horizontal bat) nor forcing shot off the back foot (vertical bat). I must have said a hundred times a season when I was coaching: just watch the replay on any televised dismissal when the batsman plays on to the wicket and you can guarantee that the bat will be at about 45 degrees. The way to play this slightly wide ball was demonstrated brilliantly by Kane Williamson last week. You play with soft hands and a vertical bat gently angled to the off and it runs down to third man (needless to say, England didn?t notice he was doing this all the time and didn?t have a third man). Safe as houses. Ian Bell did this a couple of years ago but seems to have stopped. Not long ago I counted seven dismissals of England batsmen playing the halfway shot.

Results

King Edward?s, Bath 111 (40 overs)(M Romer-Lee 5-17),*Dauntsey?s 116-1 (Peak Sports League)
*Bede’s 166 (45 overs), Sussex Under-15 158
Bede’s 142-7 (20 overs), *Eastbourne 143-4 (Langdale semi-final)
XL Club 228-4 dec (C Barnett 127 not out); *Glasgow Academy 164-6
MCC 265-4 dec (R Craze 110 not out), *Taunton 192 (R Craze 6-49)
*Radley 178-9 dec, South Oxford Amateurs 179-3
*Eton 149-9 (20 overs), Bradfield 153-5
*Milton Abbey 107 (20 overs), Clayesmore 110-5
Shrewsbury Saracens 222-5 (40 overs), *Shrewsbury 219-6
*Stowe 224-8 (40 overs), Old Stoics 147
*Clifton 149-6 (20 overs), Old Cliftonians 125-4
Millfield 366-8 (50 overs) (T Lace 137), *Eton 233

National Twenty20 competition

Play-off results (all results so far shown below)

North East section play-offs
Silcoates 95-8, Woodhouse Grove 96-6
St Peter’s 138-7, Durham 100
*Woodhouse Grove play St Peter’s to determine the North East section winner

North West section play-offs
King?s Chester 106; Bolton 107-8
Sedbergh School 242-1; King’s Macclesfield 143-7
Sedbergh play Manchester GS or Bolton to determine the North West section winner

Eastern section play-offs
Bedford 98-9, *Wellingborough 61
The Leys 145?4, Stamford 89-9
The Leys 142-4, Worksop 127-9
Bedford 117, Felsted 111-6
The Leys play Bedford to determine the Eastern section winner

West Midlands and Wales section play-offs
Denstone 97-8, *Shrewsbury 100-4
Bromsgrove 144-7, Wrekin 145-2
Bloxham 71, Malvern 72-5
Wolverhampton GS 85, Monmouth 88-2
As a result the draw (determined by NRR) for the section semi-finals is as follows: *Monmouth v Wrekin; *Shrewsbury v Malvern

South London section play-offs
Reed’s 169-6, St George’s 139-10
Reed?s play Whitgift to determine the South London section winner

South West section play-offs
*King’s Taunton 135-7, Sherborne 60
The draw (determined by NRR) for the semi-finals is as follows:
*Clifton v SGS Filton; *Millfield v King?s Taunton

National Twenty20 competition composite results so far

Preliminary rounds (various regions)
Chigwell 129-8, *Aldenham 130-1
*Mount Kelly 72-8, Clayesmore 73-2
*Forest 187-2, East Barnet 95 ( N Kiyani 5-14)
Aldenham, Clayesmore and Forest now join the main group round

North East section group 1
Silcoates 115-6, QEGS Wakefield 92-5
Birkdale 78, Silcoates 79-3
QEGS Wakefield 131-2, Birkdale 122-7
Silcoates win the group

North East section group 2
Ashville 123-5, Woodhouse Grove 124-5
Woodhouse Grove 161-4, Pocklington 123-7
Ashville 134-5, Pocklington 120-4
Woodhouse Grove win the group

North East section group 3
Hymers College 120-9, *St Peter?s, York 121-0
Ampleforth withdrew
St Peter?s win the group

North East section group 4
*Durham 150-4, Barnard Castle 104-9
Durham win the group

North East section play-offs
Silcoates 95-8, Woodhouse Grove 96-6
St Peter’s 138-7, Durham 100
Woodhouse Grove play St Peter’s York to determine the North East section winner

North West = rescheduled first round (see Overall, not North)
RGS Lancaster 68, Bolton 69-5
Cheadle Hulme 106-5, Manchester GS 108-0
Sedbergh 180-1, Stockport 142-9
Many schools withdrew because of exams after rain washed out the group stage

Eastern section A group 1
Worksop 105-8, *Repton 88
Trent College 98 , Nottingham HS 100-4
Worksop 205-5 (J Hayes 126), Nottingham HS 96
Worksop win the group

Eastern section A group 2
Stamford 146-6, *Oakham 131-9
*Oakham 138-5, Leicester GS 129-6
Stamford 143-3, Leicester GS 128-9
Stamford win the group

Eastern section A group 3
The Perse 112-6, The Leys 114-3
Greshams 101-9,The Leys 104-3
The Leys win the group

Eastern section B group 4
Shenfield HS 169-4, St Joseph’s 143-7
Ipswich 77, *Felsted 78-0
Shenfield HS 114, *Felsted 117-3
Felsted win the group

Eastern section B group 5
*Oundle 149-7, Kimbolton 85
Kimbolton 94-5, Wellingborough 95-1
Wellingborough 125-6, *Oundle 79
Wellingborough win the group

Eastern section B group 6
*Stowe 153-8, Bedford Modern 61
Bedford 133-8,*Stowe 102
Bedford win the group

Eastern section play-offs
Bedford 98-9, *Wellingborough 61
The Leys 145?4, Stamford 89-9
The Leys 142-4, Worksop 127-9
Bedford 117, Felsted 111-6
The Leys play Bedford to determine the Eastern section winner

West Mdlands and Wales section group 1
Queen Mary’s, Walsall 75-6, Shrewsbury 76-1
Ellesmere 165-2 (16 overs) v Queen Mary’s Walsall (rain)
*Shrewsbury 181-4 (20 overs), Ellesmere 82-6
Shrewsbury win the group

West Midlands and Wales section group 2
Wrekin College 123-5, *Bablake 54
Wrekin 124-9, Denstone 113-7
Denstone 190-3, *Bablake 135-5
Wrekin win the group

West Midlands and Wales section group 3
*Bromsgrove 257-6 (C Edwards 162), Newcastle-under-Lyme 91-7
Adams GS withdrew
Bromsgrove win the group

West Midlands and Wales section group 4
Wycliffe 52-10, *Malvern 56-0
Wycliffe 78-7, RGS Worcester 80-3
*Malvern 184-5, RGS Worcester 127-10
Malvern win the group

West Midlands and Wales sections group 5
*Dean Close 109-7, Monmouth 110-3
Llandovery withdrew
Monmouth win the group

West Midlands and Wales section group 6
Solihull 105-8, *Bloxham 107-5
Wolverhampton GS 149-8, Solihull 79
Wolverhampton GS 118-8, *Bloxham 88
Wolverhampton GS win the group

West Midlands and Wales section play-offs
Denstone 97-8, *Shrewsbury 100-4
Bromsgrove 144-7, Wrekin 145-2
Bloxham 71, Malvern 72-5
Wolverhampton GS 85, Monmouth 88-2
As a result the draw (determined by NRR) for the section semi-finals is as follows: *Monmouth v Wrekin; *Shrewsbury v Malvern

South East section group 1
Dover College 71, Duke of York?s 72-0
Ashford 125-7, St Edmund?s Canterbury 126 -4
Duke of York?s 114-6 v St Edmund?s (rain)
Ashford 129-8, Dover (rain)
Duke of York?s win the group

South East section group 2
Judd 98-5 (15 overs), Sutton Valence 99-2
Skinners and Sutton Valence withdrew
Tonbridge win the group

South East section group 3
Bede’s 131-8, Lancing 77
Bede?s win the group

South East section group 4
Cranleigh 176-8, Hurstpierpoint 177-4
Eastbourne 160-7, Ardingly 127-8
Eastbourne 158-5, Hurstpierpoint 160-5
Hurstpierpoint win the group

South East section final
Bedes 122-7, *Tonbridge 123-1
Hurstpierpoint 260-5, Duke of York?s 59
Tonbridge 129-6, Hurstpierpoint 134-0
Hurstpierpoint win the South East section and now play the London winners

North London section group 1
Berkhamsted 169-6, Mill Hill 112
*Merchant Taylors’ 130-7, Berkhamsted 123-5
Latymer withdrew
Merchant Taylors’ win the group

North London section group 2
*St Albans 172-7, Forest 115-5
Haileybury 156-7, Aldenham 125-8
*St Albans 151-5, Haileybury 118-8
St Albans win the group

North London final
St Albans 133-8, Merchant Taylors? 99
St Albans win the North London section and now play the South London winners

South London section group 1
*Reed’s 275-5 (G Mawhood 101), Wilsons 106-9
John Fisher 113-8, Hampton 119-3
*Reed’s 171-8, Hampton 129-6
John Fisher 181-2 (A Dombrandt 117 not out), Wilsons 105
Reed’s win the group

South London section group 2
Langley Park 108-6, *Dulwich 109-6
St George?s Weybridge 191-6, Kingston GS 112
Dulwich 117-7, St George?s Weybridge 119-7
Dulwich win the group

South London section group 3
Sevenoaks 34-7, Whitgift 38-0
*Eltham 80-0, Ibstock Place 55-8
*Eltham 72-9, Whitgift 73-1
Whitgift win the group

South London section group 4
St Paul’s 88-6, Trinity 91-5
Caterham and Epsom withdrew
Trinity win the group

South London play-offs
Trinity 106-7,*Whitgift 109-2
Reed’s 169-6, St George’s 139-10
Reed?s now play Whitgift to determine the South London section winner

South West section group 1
Bristol GS 61-9, *Clifton 62-1
*Bristol GS 152-8 (C Scott 102 not out), Prior Park 118-6
Prior Park withdrew after this
Clifton win the group

South West section group 2
SGS College 110-5, *Kingswood 99
King Edward?s, Bath 115-8, Kingswood 119-5
SGS Filton win the group

South West section group 3
*King?s Taunton 172-5, Clayesmore 88
*King’s Taunton 135-7, Sherborne 60
King?s Taunton win the group

South West section group 4
Millfield 187-5, Taunton 100-8
Queen’s Taunton withdrew
Millfield win the group

South West section draw (determined by NRR) for semi-finals is as follows:
*Clifton v SGS Filton; *Millfield v King?s Taunton

South Central section group 1
Shiplake 65, *Bradfield 67-1
Shiplake 92-9, Dauntsey’s 93-0
*Bradfield 189-8, Dauntsey’s 92
Bradfield win the group

South Central section group 2
St Edward?s Oxford 152-7, Lord Wandsworth 99
Dr Challoner?s withdrew
St Edward?s Oxford win the group

South Central section group 3
Oratory 123, Radley 115
Radley 37, Wellington 38-1
Oratory 131 / Wellington 132-3
Wellington win the group

South Central section group 4
Portsmouth GS 196-8, *Winchester 118-6
Abingdon 158-4, Pangbourne 73
Portsmouth GS 121-7, Abingdon 99
Portsmouth GS win the group

South Central section semi-finals
*Bradfield 83, St Edward?s 85-2
Portsmouth GS 130, *Wellington 132-3
St Edward?s play Wellington in the South Central final

South Central final (played at The Oratory)
St Edward’s 92-9, Wellington (Berks) 95-3
Wellington play the winners of the South West section for a place on finals day (Arundel)

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