Third time lucky for Godmanchester
Over the last four years Godmanchester Town CC from Huntingdonshire have reached the Regional Final at Edgbaston three times and it was clearly third time lucky for them as they beat Worcester Nomads with consummate ease on Sunday to reach National Finals day in the ECB Indoor Six-a-side Championship.
The day started with four teams arriving at Edgbaston with high hopes of booking a dream day out at Lord’s, and the first semi-final saw Oxford bat first against Godmanchester.
David Smith (35) and Wasim Mahmood (28) led the way as Oxford looked to post a challenging score but they were undone by the Godmanchester fielding that produced four run outs.
Oxford were dismissed for 102, which never looked to be a big enough total and despite David Smith taking 3-36 Godmanchester eased to a two-wicket win with Ben Clements, Paul Swannell and Matthew Pateman posting scores in excess of 20.
The other semi was a much closer, extremely nail-biting affair. Worcester Nomads batted first and with Andy Leach, Steve Walsh and Malcolm Jones posting good scores Norton-in-Hales, from Shropshire, were set a target of 131 to win.
Tom Oakes (38) led the run chase with significant support from Martin Rowley and Andy Kenvyn but once again there was some excellent fielding as four batsmen were run out. Unbelievably Norton’s innings closed on 130 for five, which meant that the scores were tied and Worcester Nomads won by dint of losing fewer wickets.
In the Final, Godmanchester batted first and with Pateman posting another good score he found support this time from three different colleagues as James Sykes, Adam Cousins and James Cowan all passed individual totals of 20.
The 157 for five that Godmanchester amassed was always going to be an extremely stiff target. Worcester Nomads chase was based on contributions from Ria Sanpil, Malcolm Jones and Tariq Jamil but once again run outs caused severe damage to the progress of the innings and Worcester Nomads were bowled out for 99; Godmanchester cruising to the Lord’s National Finals with a commanding 58-run win.
Godmanchester must stand a good chance in the National Finals as it is clear that they have a very strong all-round side as all six players posted an individual score in excess of 20 over the two matches played at Edgbaston.
Oxford 102 (David Smith 35, Wasim Mahmood 28, Paul Swannell 2-16) lost to Godmanchester Town 103-4 (Ben Clements 23, Paul Swannell 22, Matthew Pateman 22, David Smith 3-36) by 2 wickets
Worcester Nomads 130-2 (Andy Leach 29, Steve Walsh 27no, Malcolm Jones 26no) beat Norton-in-Hales 130-5 (Tom Oakes 38, Martin Rowley 25, Andy Kenvyn 23) by virtue of losing fewer wickets
Godmanchester Town 157-5 (Matthew Pateman 28, James Sykes 26, Adam Cousins 24, James Cowan 23no, Tariq Jamil 2-34) beat Worcester Nomads 99 (Ria Swanpil 28, Malcolm Jones 26, Tariq Jamil 21).