Cox is apple of Margam's eye
Margam Cricket Club capped off an excellent weekend for Welsh sport after being crowned ECB Indoor National Club Champions after a thrilling finals day at Lord’s.
The South Wales side produced two outstanding performances to see off last year’s runners-up Blaydon in their semi-final before a victory over Hampshire club Sarisbury Athletic to take the title.
In the first semi-final of the day Sarisbury skipper Matthew Journeaux hit an unbeaten 35 as the Southern Electric Premier League club set Betteshanger Colliery Welfare 122 for victory.
But despite the excellent travelling support for Betteshanger and an excellent 54 from captain Joffy Towe, the Kent club fell 18 runs short of the target to send Sarisbury through to the final.
The second semi-final between Margam and North Premier League club Blaydon was one of the best matches seen on finals day.
Favourites to reach the final, Blaydon looked in a strong position after posting 129 for four in their 12 overs.
With Margam in an ominous position at 75 for four, the Welsh side needed something special to reach the final – and they got it from skipper Mark Cox.
Cox capped off an excellent individual performance to guide his side over the line off the final ball of the match.
“Credit to Margam,” said Blaydon skipper Allan Worthy. “They played really well and the fact that they didn’t bowl any extras was the main difference between the sides.”
After losing two early wickets in the final, Sarisbury recovered well to set a respectable 111, largely thanks to 44 from wicketkeeper Simon Orr.
But Cox once again led from example with an unbeaten 30, supported by wicketkeeper Ryan Evans (25*) to see Margam reach the target in the 11th over.
Cox was obviously delighted to take the title.
“We had to take some chances and we had a bit of luck but it was our day and I’m proud of our performance,” he said.