NATIONAL COUNTIES TROPHY Golding maiden century

NCCA-Logo MasterA maiden Trophy century from Matt Golding helped Devon to a 14 runs National Counties Cricket win over Cornwall at Redruth. 

Golding converted his maiden half century into three figures and shared a third wicket partnership of 173 with Matt Thompson (80). 

Cornwall responded with a third wicket stand of 101 between former Derbyshire and Essex all-rounder Greg Smith (57) and ex-Leicestershire all-rounder Tom Wells (54) but were pegged back by three wickets apiece for Somerset and England Under-19s seamer Ned Leonard and former Somerset and Kent paceman Calum Haggett. 

Herefordshire improved their quarter-final prospects with an eight wickets win in a rain-affected contest against Wiltshire at Warminster. 

Rain prevented play before late afternoon and restricted the match to a 19-overs-a-side contest. 

Tom Morton’s 48-ball 52 laid the foundations for Wiltshire’s 140 for six but Herefordshire overhauled their target with more than four overs to spare. 

Captain Matt Pardoe led the chase with the former Worcestershire left-hander making 50 from 30 balls. Nick Hammond (54 not out from 32 balls) and Zain Ul Hassan finished the job with an unbroken third wicket stand of 58 in 37 balls. 

Bedfordshire enjoyed their return to the rural splendour of Southill Park after an absence of 19 years with a seven wickets win over Buckinghamshire. 

Michael Payne’s 69 sustained Buckinghamshire after former Northamptonshire slow left-armer Tom Brett has undermined the innings by taking two for 18 in his ten overs. 

Bedfordshire got home with more than eight overs to spare thanks to 64 from captain Eddie Ballard and an unbeaten 50 from former Northamptonshire and Glamorgan batsman James Kettleborough. 

Gloucestershire seamer Dominic Goodman, who played three LV= County Championship matches at the start of the season went wicketless in six overs on his Buckinghamshire debut. 

Wales NC’s flying start to the season continued with a third straight win, the latest by two wickets with a ball to spare against Oxfordshire at Banbury. 

Rain reduced the match to a 33 overs contest and Oxfordshire rattled to 202 for eight after they were put in. 

Tom Haynes anchored the innings with 55 from 73 balls and he shared a third wicket stand of 76 with Harrison Ward (47 from 32 balls). 

Wales looked well set when Oskar Kolk (58 from 65 balls) and former Gloucestershire wicketkeeper Cameron Herring (38) were together but Kolk fell to James Coles when 44 were still required. 

When Tom Price (four for 42) bowled Aneurin Norman, who made record 28th Trophy appearance for Wales, the balance appeared to have tilted in Oxfordshire’s favour but Andrew Gorvin and Tegid Phillips added 30 for the ninth wicket. 

National Counties Trophy Results   

Group One:   

Toft Cheshire 365-8 (Harry Dearden 100, Luke Robinson 68, Ed Fluck 51 not out), Shropshire 266 (Graham Wagg 64, Xavier Clarke 55, Chris Stenhouse 4-55).  Cheshire won by 99 runs. 

Checkley Staffordshire 293-7 (Tim Maxfield 88 not out, Rob Hemmings 68, Louis Allison 58), Northumberland 267-9 (Alasdair Appleby 53) Staffordshire won by 26 runs.  

Group Two  

Redruth Devon 249-8 (Matt Golding 100, Matt Thompson 80), Cornwall 235-9 (Greg Smith 57, Tom Wells 54). Devon won by 14 runs.   

Warminster Wiltshire 140-6 (Tom Morton 52), Herefordshire 144-2 (Nick Hammond 54 not out, Matt Pardoe 50) Herefordshire won by eight wickets.  

Group Three  

Bishop’s Stortford Hertfordshire 148 (Jack Keeping 57), Norfolk 151-1 (Sam Arthurton 91). Norfolk won by nine wickets.  

Mildenhall Lincolnshire 249-9 (Ben Coddington 51, Jack Beaumont 4-37), Suffolk 250-7 (Joe Gatting 81 not out) Suffolk won by three wickets.  

 Group Four  

Southill Park Buckinghamshire 194 (Michael Payne 69 not out), Bedfordshire 195-3 (Eddie Ballard 64, James Kettleborough 50 not out). Bedfordshire won by seven wickets. 

Banbury Oxfordshire 202-8 (Tom Haynes 55) Wales NC 203-8 (Oskar Kolk 58, Tom Price 4-42).Wales NC won by two wickets. 


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