Organisers of the Watford Observer Fourteen14 have spent this week rearranging the latter stages of the competitions but the make-up of the last four of the Shield is now close to being known.
Abbots Langley progressed into the semi-finals with a comfortable eight-wicket victory away at Chipperfield Clarendon on Wednesday and they will now meet Langleybury A in the last four of the competition at Met Police Bushey’s Aldenham Road ground on Thursday.
The first semi-final is due to be played 24 hours earlier at a new venue, Radlett, but the Cobden Hill club are still waiting to see whether they will face Watford Haidery A or Watford Town A following a delay in the second round being completed.
The round of 16 was finally concluded on Wednesday when Haidery also enjoyed a convincing eight-wicket win at Met Police.
Batting first, the hosts were dismissed for 126 off their 14, eight-ball overs and their opponents got home with three overs to spare, Zawar Shah leading the charge with a strong innings of 59.
Abbots were also in dominant form in the quarter-finals of the Shield as they restricted their neighbours to 86 for eight through their all-spin attack of Matt Dunstone, Barry Warner and Nick Gurney, allied to a superb display in the field.
The victors got home with room to spare, needing 12 overs to reach the target as Peter Metcalfe and Jimmy Davies knocked off the required runs.
n The completion of the second round of the Shield finally enabled the line-up for the Fourteen14 Plate to be completed.
The six first round Shield losers had already qualified, together with Rickmansworth by virtue of having one of the best two best net run rates of those teams knocked out in the second round.
That second spot ultimately went to last year’s Shield final losers Bushey, who will now travel to Ricky in the first round.
However, an unforeseen problem with the availability of neutral umpires means that both semi-finals, due to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday, will have to be put back.
New arrangements have still to be confirmed but it is hoped these will take place in the week beginning Monday, July 7.
The only team through to the last four so far are Frogmore, who defeated Rickmansworth School Staff by 45 runs on Thursday of last week.
Batting first, Frogmore made 150 for five off their allotted overs before restricting their opponents to 105 for eight.
Revised Shield semi-finals (seeds in bold): Radlett v Watford Haidery A or Watford Town A (to be played at Radlett CC on Wednesday); Langleybury A v Abbots Langley A (to be played at Met Police Bushey CC on Thursday).
Revised Plate semi-finals: Frogmore v Leverstock Green A or Langleybury B (to be played at Watford Town on Tuesday, July 8); Rickmansworth or Bushey v Aldenham or Kings Langey (to be played at venue and date to be advised).