Canterbury and Bridgwater into Finals

Ecb Indoor

Canterbury and Bridgwater are the first two teams through the National Finals of the ECB Indoor Six-a-Side Championship.

Canterbury came through from the London and East regional final at the weekend, while Bridgwater made it through from the South West event at Taunton.

Sunday 27 February sees the North Regional Final at the County Ground, Derbyshire, and the Midlands event at Edgbaston. Finals Day is on Sunday 13 March in the MCC's Indoor School at Lord's.

Canterbury overcame Braintree from Essex in their semi-final and Hampstead in the Group 4 Regional Indoor Final.

Recovering from eight for three in the final, Canterbury posted a passable 107 at the end of 12 overs. Hampstead, having overcome Merrow from Surrey, were left to rue extras in their middle overs and a batting collapse from 32 for one after four overs to 59 all out.

The top order Canterbury batting was no better in the semi-final having only posted 72; but the bowlers and fielders squeezed the life from the Braintree batting with tight lines finally dismissing the Essex champions for under 50.

Bridgwater made it through for the second time in three years after defeating the Hampshire winners Hook & Newnham Basics in the semi-final and beaten 2010 national finalists Poole Town.

Bridgwater saw off the former by 39 runs, although the West of England Premier League side were reduced to 40 for three before Stuart Standerwick’s 38 helped them to 108 all out with left-arm seamer Alex Cates taking 2-24.

Chris Skidmore's key new-ball spell of 3-22 effectively ended the contest, although Cates’ 29 managed to lift their reply to 69 all out.

In the final Mike Coles returned 2-26 as Steve Wilson and David Miller were unbeaten on 28 and 26 respectively in Poole's 105 for three. Bridgwater overcame a stutter to win, with Standerwick making 25 not out and Callum Haggett 23 before Skidmore's unbeaten 15 clinched victory.