Lord’s is now two months and two wins away for the quarter-finalists of the Persimmon Village Cup, seven of whom were decided after last weekend’s national round.
The two giantkillers from the South East, Mistley (Essex) and Rottingdean (Sussex) will meet in the last eight a week on Sunday. On the way Mistley have edged out the two sides that met in the quarter-finals last year – Bentley and, last Sunday, Rowledge. Set 165-8 by the Surrey side, Mistley won with three wickets to spare.
Rottingdean used the small boundaries at Bidborough (Kent) to good effect as they posted 238-8 from their 40 overs. Despite keeping up with the run-rate for the most part – Bidborough continued to lose wickets and finally succumbed in the 34th over for 159.
A man-of-the-match performance from Mark Wilkie ensured Sessay’s hopes of back-to-back visits to Lord’s remains a possibility. Wilkie took 5-16 as Shireshead & Forton (Lancashire) were bowled out for 69. He then scored 26* as the Yorkshire side cruised to their nine-wickets win.
It’s the third time in five games that the reigning champions have bowled out their opponents for a sub-100 score.
But there will be no repeat of last year’s final; Shipton-under-Wychwood (Oxfordshire) bow out of the competition after defeat to Carew. The side from south Wales successfully chased down 193 to win the game and are now the single remaining Welsh representative after 2001 champions Ynystawe lost out to Dumbleton in Gloucestershire.
Elsewhere, 17-year-old Tom Wood – who plays in the same Stainsby Hall side as his brother Daniel, Dad John and Uncle Robert – was left stranded on 99* as the Derbyshire side beat Colwall (Herefordshire) by 39 runs. It was Tom’s third score in the nineties – and his second 99 – in this year’s competition. His search for a maiden first-team hundred goes on.
Reflecting on his son’s innings, John said: “He was obviously disappointed but he knows he’s good enough to get a hundred, he’s scored over 1,000 runs in league and cup already this year and we’re not even halfway through the season.”
He added: “It just didn’t quite happen for him on Sunday. But the win was the most important thing and it was still a great innings.”
Woodhouses captain Mike Cassidy was another stuck in the nineties, falling two short of a hundred as his Lancashire side amassed 267-5 – too much for Shipston-on-Stour (Warwickshire), who were all out for 119.
Rain ruined the match between Freuchie and Houghton Main in Fife, Scotland. The two sides will thus battle it out in Yorkshire this Sunday, with the winners hosting Sessay in the quarter-finals on July 24.
National Round 6 results (Sunday, July 10)
Mistley (168-7); Rowledge (165-8)
Bidborough (159); Rottingdean (238-8)
Carew (194-6); Shipton-under-Wychwood (193-9)
Dumbleton (237-6); Ynystawe (216)
Stainsby Hall (213-7); Colwall (174)
Shipston-on-Stour (119); Woodhouses (267-5)
Freuchie v Houghton Main – Rained off (rescheduled for Sunday, July 17)
Shireshead & Forton (69); Sessay (70-1)
David Currie is the publishing assistant of The Cricketer