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Your News Lancashire back at Twickenham for title defence

REIGNING Bill Beaumont Cup champions Lancashire will defend their title against Hertfordshire at Twickenham next Sunday (May 29) after beating Cheshire at Macclesfield ths afternoon to clinch the North pool of the competition.

The outcome was in the balance until late in the game before the Red Rose men claimed two tries in the closing minutes to clinch the victory.

Their opponents at Twickenham had a much simpler passage to the final, scoring eight tries to one in beating Gloucestershire 53-8 at Old Albanians, host club wingman Chris May claiming a hat trick.

At Macclesfield, Fylde wingman Ollie Brennand grabbed two tries in the first 30 minutes and fly-half Alex Davies (Plymouth Albion) added a conversion and a penalty before Cheshire hit back with a try from captain and lock Dave Marwick (Stockport) which Birmingham Solihull fly-half Tom Foden converted to leave his side trailing 15-7 at half-time.

A try by wingman Ed Stobart (Sale Jets) cut the deficit to three points, but lock Louis McGowan (Rotherham) then crossed for Lancashire before full-back Fergus Mulchrone scored again for Cheshire to keep the game in the balance.

A Davies penalty eased the pressure a touch, but it was not until replacement Simon Griffiths (Liverpool St Helens) and centre Tom Hughes (Preston Grasshoppers) touched down, Davies converting both tries, that Lancashire could breathe easily.

At Hull, Yorkshire cemented their place at the top table next season when they put Warwickshire to the sword with a 54-10 win, while Durham also closed their campaign in positive style when they beat Eastern Counties 51-24 at Hartlepool Rovers.

That section will be decided next weekend when Northumberland face North Midlands at Alnwick.

Cumbria hopes of a place at Twickenham next Sunday in the County Championship Plate final were denied by a Surrey side which came back from a 17-10 deficit early in the second-half to win 22-17.

Surrey scored after 30 seconds when wingman Mike Perelak crossed and were 10-0 ahead after 14 minutes when George Owen scored on the opposite flank.

Wingman Gavin Cartmell cut the arrears with a try that full-back Alistair Ledingham converted and the No 15 then gave his side a 14-10 interval lead when he crossed for a try and converted.

His penalty early in the second-half extended Cumbria’s advantage, but a try by prop Charlie Connors and another from fly-half Matt Noble, converted by Steve Munford, put Surrey back in charge.

Though Cumbria pressed hard in the closing stages to snatch the winner, Surrey held firm and deservedly claimed their place at Twickenham.

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