In partnership with Somerset County Sports for the second year, the Somerset Cricket Foundation KO Cups are in full swing after the damp early season has transformed into some beautiful May weather.
In the first round of the Major Cup 73 for Callum Harvey and 56* for Karabo Mogotsi saw Midsomer Norton comfortably beat Brislington by 8 wickets, whilst a good all round performance from Bath saw them restrict Frome to 107/9 as they chalked up a 121 runs win. Chard failed to see off Ilminster despite 3-10 from Jon Dalwood.
The Intermediate Cup has also seen 9 clubs drop out of the competition during May. Bath 3rd XI edged victory against local rivals Bear Flat who kept Bath at bay until the 20th over. Midsomer Norton’s 2nds also progressed with an 85 run win over Frome. Elsewhere Uphill Castle beat Old Bristolians Westbury to book a place in the second round playing Lympsham and Belvedere who defeated Wedmore by 9 wickets.
Up the road, Winscombe knocked out defending champions Cleeve, and Claverham sent Cheddar on their way. In the bottom half of the table Long Sutton beat Crewkerne by 34 runs and Castle Cary defeated Kilmington & Stourton by 6 wickets.
A veritable feast of Minor Cup fixtures has seen the numbers reduce significantly. Bishops Hull took only 10 overs to overcome Taunton St Andrews, and followed up with a rousing 8 wicket win over Ashbrittle to book their place in round three, whilst Wiveliscombe comfortably chased 141 to defeat Holford and book their round two fixture against Taunton Deane who beat Trull.
Wellington defeated Bagborough and will now play Kilve who had a bye in the first round. Spaxton recorded a good victory against North Newton, and Yeovil continued on their journey back to the Coopers Associates County Ground with back to back victories over Huish & Langport and Ilton. Long Sutton also recorded back to back victories over Compton Dundon and Ilminster respectively.
Blagdon beat Temple Cloud by a convincing 7 wickets, while Purnell CC saw off Bear Flat in a lower scoring encounter before hitting a huge 255/5 on their way to beating Street. Shaftesbury Road were able to beat neighbours Uphill Castle before falling at the next hurdle, Bridgwater Pointers, losing by 8 wickets. And finally, Bedminster made the journey to Lympsham & Belvedere count, recording a 40 run win, and will face Old Bristolians Westbury who defeated Weston-super-Mare.