Broadstairs coast through to Lord's indoor final
Broadstairs became area champions for the fourth time in their history when they defeated Hampstead (Middlesex) in the Southern Regional Final of the ECB Six-a-Side Indoor Championship.
Victory at the Kent County Cricket Academy in Canterbury avenged Broadstairs’ defeat at the same stage of the competition last year. They now head to Lord’s for the National Finals on Sunday March 18, five years from their last appearance when they finished runners-up.
Hampstead had an easy victory in their semi with Surrey champions Worcester Park, who had to defend a total of 41. At 23 for two an upset looked possible, however Harvey (23 not out) steadied the ship hitting Joe Hill for boundary sixes in successive overs to give the Middlesex champions a win by four wickets in the 10th over.
Broadstairs were involved in a tighter encounter in their semi with Sussex champions Preston Nomads from Brighton. The Kent side added 33 from the final two overs to finish on 110 for five from their 12 overs, Scott Narraway (37) and Brennan (29 not out) leading the way.
The Broadstairs attack soon had the opposition in trouble. Kidd bowled Ollie Gatting in the second over, Reavill bowled McLemey in the third over and Kidd bowled Joe Gatting in the fourth to leave the Nomads struggling at 28 for three after six overs. Rigg (31 not out) spearheaded a recovery but Nomads finished on 89 for five.
Broadstairs again chose to bat first in the final, and despite losing Marshall and Narraway early on 41 were scored off the next four overs as Brennan and Kidd upped the run-rate, helping their side to a total of 87 all out, including 21 extras.
Kershin and Sharma got Hampstead off to a solid start, and after the latter had been run out it was 40 for one after six overs. Twenty eight were required from the last two overs, but Kershin was left stuck in the pavilion as Lamb and Fuller tried to hit boundaries without success leaving the visitors on 78 for three, nine runs short of victory.
Lutterworth have qualified from the Edgbaston regional final, while the last two places at Lord’s will be decided at Taunton and Headingley on March 4.