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The Smash reaches its knockout stage despite the urges of the British weather

The group stages of Kent’s premier 100-ball competition, The Smash, have finished despite the Great British summer and the teams will be hoping for some fairer weather before the cut-off date of July 4th (Ed. Election Day!).

Holmesdale Stallions will once again be the favourites in the Cup after winning all three of their group games with a net run rate (NRR) of 0.46. Cowdrey Courage, likewise, won four out of four in their Tier Two Group Two, and will go into the last eight as favourites for the Plate with a NRR of 0.55.

In the Bowl, Tonbridge Knights and Chelsfield Park both secured their places with an average of 2.25 points across the four games played and have avoided each other in the next round.

Which matches will you watch?
The pick of the matches in the cup would be Tunbridge Wells Royals’ visit to the Vine to play the Sevenoaks Vine Jazzers, which will be played on Thursday 27th June at 17:45.

In the Plate we look forward to seeing Kemsing take on Fawkham in a close battle (date to be confirmed), whilst over in the Bowl, Tonbridge Knights v Sevenoaks RFC Sixers (date to be confirmed) appears to be the pick of the bunch for the neutral supporter.

Quarter final knockout stages in full:
Cup: Sevenoaks Vine Jazzers v Tunbridge Wells Royals; Bromley Bears v Holmesdale Stallions; Maidstone Oilers v Barnet Wood Bashers; Leeds & Castled v Hesketh Heat.

Plate: Darenth Valiants v Wild Ocelots; Bat & Ball Strikers v Cowdrey Courage; Bromley Town Titans v Sidcup Squirrels; Kemsing Cobras v Fawkham Guzzlers.

Bowl: Tonbridge Knights v Sevenoaks RFC Sixers; Dartford Destroyers v Chelsfield Park; Plaxtol Pirates v Cudham Crushers; Radnor House v Kings Hill.

• We will bring you the latest news every week in the Amherst Accountancy Weekly Stats report which you can download online at localsportsnews.co.uk, or you can keep up-to-date with the latest fixtures and results by going to thesmash.play-cricket.com.

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