Round 2 saw 16 teams go head to head for a place in the quarter finals.
Wigan played Salesbury with Wigan winning the toss and choosing to bat. They were bowled out for 167, with a number of players getting starts but no one pushing on, the wickets shared around for Salesbury but Lewis Pearson the pick of the bowlers returning 3 for 26 off his 9 overs. In reply Salesbury a similar story with batters not able to go on past 30, Raheem Kasser of Wigan the pick of the bowlers taking 4 for 45 off his 9 overs and bowling Salesbury out for 129 to progress to the Quarter Finals.
St Anne’s hosted Read where Read won the toss and elected to bat first posting 183 for 7, MinhajBhada leading the pack with 51. St Anne’s bowlers shared the wickets around but Mitch Bolus keeping things tight with 2 for 21 off 9 overs. In reply St Anne’s, although losing 4 wickets in the chase got to 184 with 5 overs to spare, Yohan De Silva 76 and Alex McGloughlin 71 leading the chase. Andrew Laycock returning the best figures for Read CC with 1 for 28 off his 9 overs.
Northern hosted Farnworth Social Circle where Northern were too strong for the Bolton side. David Tonge of Farnwoeth Social Circle was the only batter to provide some defiance scoring 43 in the teams 115 all out. Daniel Wilson of Northern led the charge with 3 for 24 off his 8 overs. In reply Northern made short change of the target chasing it down in just 20 overs with Jack Kennedy top scoring with 55*.
Down at Stanley Park Blackpool were overturned by Darwen scoring just 97 in response to Darwens 190/6. P Bisht top scoring for Darwen with 96. M Grindley of Blackpool returned miserly figures of 2/12 in 9 overs. Wickets a team effort by Darwen but D Bowden the pick with 1 for 10 off his 7 overs.
Great Eccleston hosted Lowerhouse CC and after winning the toss amassed 203 for 8 with contributions from a number of players including Nisanth Nithian (45), Matt Moat ( 41) and Phil Booth (37). Joe Hawk lead the way for Lowerhouse bowlers returning 3 for 26 off his 9 overs. Hawk continued his good day with 58 with the bat but unfortunately was in vain as Lowerhouse were bowled out for 177. Nisanth rounded his day off with 4 for 41 off his 9 overs to secure the win for Great Eccleston CC.
Morcambe hosted Norden and after winning the toss and batting were bowled out for 133 with James Lambert top scoring with 43. Dean Lord took charge with the ball taking 4 for 17. In reply Norden made short work of the chase taking just 25 overs and Josh Tolley making light work of opening the batting scoring 74 off 66 balls to take the win for Norden.
Clitheroe hosted reigning champions Longridge but in a rain affected game the champions were too strong for them. Longridge posted 192/6 with Zac Christie 44 and Tom Turner 50 off 37 balls leading the way. Ali Ross for Clitheroe returned 3 for 16 off his 9 overs. Clitheroe in reply we’re chasing 168 off 33 overs due to the rain but we’re unable to take the win finishing 112 all out. Jake Durnell returning with 5 for 23 off just 4.3 overs.
The final fixture of the 2nd round saw Leigh host Fulwood and Broughton. Hareen Buddila top scored for Fulwood with 81. Opening bowling Finnegan Hulbert taking 4 for 24 off 7 overs. In reply Leigh chased the total within 38 overs with a number of batters contributing but Sam Dorsey the mainstay of the order.
The quarter finals on 2nd July will see;
Longridge host Great Eccleston
Northern host Leigh
St Anne’s host Darwen
Wigan host Norden