Davies delighted as Roffey progress in ECB National Club Championship

Roffey skipper Matt Davies
Roffey skipper Matt Davies

Roffey skipper Matt Davies says he will take the ECB National Club Championship a game at a time after his side beat Blackheath away from home by eight-wickets in the fourth round.

The Boars won the toss and chose to field and Blackheath posted 185-9 off their 40 overs with Jahid Ahmed (40) top-scoring.

In reply, Roffey picked off the total in 32.3 overs, scoring 186-2 thanks to a 173-run third-wicket knock between Theo Rivers (85*) and Paul Harrison (85*).

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After the game, Davies played down his side's chances of winning the competition, preferring to focus on the next game of the tournament.

He said: “We’ll just be looking at the next round and not getting ahead of ourselves.

“Chingford at Roffey will be a good test and one both players and supporters will look forward to.”

In a brilliant display with the ball from the Boars, a wicket was taken after every 16 runs on average as Alex Collins (4-19), Rivers (2-45), and Leigh Harrison (2-34) bowled with great control.

There were decent knocks from Ahmed, Richard Fleming (31) and Charlie-Sid Speller (32) but Blackheath failed to assert themselves with the bat.

In reply, the Boars lost Rohit Jagota (duck) and Jibran Khan (ten) early to Ahmed (2-46) but a superb third-wicket partnership from Rivers and Harrison took Roffey to the target total in 32.3 overs.

Davies added: “I thought we performed very well against a good side on a very good wicket.

“Collo (Alex Collins), Leigh (Harrison), and George (Fleming) were all outstanding with the ball and set up the game for our batsmen to chase a below par score on a good wicket.

“Theo (Rivers) and Paul (Harrison’s) partnership was brilliant and very enjoyable to watch.”

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