Oval date for Cestrians

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CHESTER-le-Street yesterday booked their place in the Sky-televised ECB National Club T20 finals day at The Oval.

The Ropery Lane men convincingly outgunned Yorkshire side Pudsey Congs by 73 runs in the regional final and will head to Surrey’s home for the big day on Friday, September 17.

Andrew Smith (58) and Simon Birtwisle (34) top-scored in Chester’s 185-7, Babar Batt grabbing 5-17, before captain Quentin Hughes plundered 3-20 as Pudsey struggled to 112 all out.