FROCESTER are only one game away from next month’s NatWest Club T20 finals day at the Derbyshire County Ground thanks to two fine wins in the regional play-off.
Nick Trainor’s side overcame hosts Newport and St Just, and now prepare to entertain Tunbridge Wells on August 21 (2pm) in the national quarter-finals with the winners heading to Derby on Tuesday September 6.
Frocester got underway at Newport by posting a total of 164-6 against the home club, Paul Muchall (49) and Sam Bracey (43) the main contributors. Newport challenged strongly but came up five runs short in a tense finish, Ross Martin taking 2-36 and Trainor 1-24, both from four.
In the final, Frocester faced old rivals Cornish champions St Just, who had defeated Torquay. St Just batted first and reached a total of 126-9 with only Neil Curnow (71) providing any real resistance as Trainor captured 3-20 from four and Finn Dixon 1-19 and Tom Wand 1-20, also from four.
Despite losing two early wickets, Trainor (27) and Uzi Qureshi (15) re-built the innings, taking the total to 72-4 ahead of Paul Muchall (37 not) and Wand (27 not) completing the job with almost four overs to spare.
Quarter-final line-up: Bramhall v Norden, Frocester v Tunbridge Wells, Radlett v West Indian Cavaliers, Sandiacre Town v Richmondshire.