Broadstairs (Kent) are on their way back to Lords in 3 weeks after a convincing 72 run win over Hadleigh & Thundersley (Essex) at Canterbury.
Put into bat Broadstairs started cautiously scoring at 7 an over but with Elliot Fox taking most of the strike he soon reached 25, at halfway the score was 49, Marshall was next to reach 25 with Isaac Dilkes following soon after, Matt Frewin and Jack Wheeler kept up the tempo before the latter was first wicket to fall with the score on 102 in the 10th over, followed soon after by Chris Kidd 6. Frewin and the returning Fox 36 added a brisk 19 before the latter was run out for 23. By the end of the innings Broadstairs had reached 137 adding 60 in the last 4 overs where apart from the wickets every ball was scored off, Adam Dobson with 1-25 was pick of the H&T bowlers.
In reply H& T were soon on the back foot with only three scored from the first over and Paul Tibbenham run out (by Fox) for just one in the second. Oliver Smith and Jack Wagstaff were scoring more positively in the next two overs before Smith was well caught by Fox of Frewin for 11 in the fourth over, two overs later Frewin clean bowled the dangerous Wagstaff for 20. The game was pretty much over, the last two batsmen only managed 4 between them before both of them fell to Dilkes, and in the 11th over Dobson who had made 20 was run out and his team were all out for 65. Dilkes finished with 2-4 while Frewin returned 2-15.
In the first semi final Broadstairs were up against Middlesex qualifiers Wycombe House, put into bat Wycombe were 0 for 2 as Kidd struck with his second and 5th balls, In Frewins second over a smart catch by Fox saw Perera out for 3 with the total on 13. Fox bowled the next over which saw Elahis (11) stumps shattered, Lotia and Vasi Sheikh steadied the ship for a few overs before the former was run out in the 9th over by Dilkes, Sheikh carried his bat for the remaining overs scoring 34 and seeing his team reach 77 as Broadstairs bowling became a little erratic conceding 17 wides. Kidds final figures were 2-9 while Frewin picked up 2-14. Broadstairs made light work of the run chase with Marshall 27* and Fox 25* scoring freely before they both retired leaving Dilkes to knock of the winning runs in the 8th over.
The second semi final was the closest match of the day, Hadleigh were up against Sussex qualifiers (and previous Lords winners) Preston Nomads and they were soon in trouble losing two wickets in the first over one to Dan Phillips and another sharp run out. Wagstaff who made a brisk 25 and retired and Dobson started the recovery adding 49 for the next wicket before Dobson was caught by Toby Shepperson off the bowling of Liam O’Brien for 24, that combination was reversed for the next wicket and when Patel was run out in the 9th over with the score on 70 and low total was on the cards but Patel proved a willing runner for Wagstaff who played a mature innings to use up the overs he finished on 66 not out setting Nomads 104 to win. Phillips and O’Brien both had figures of 1-22.
Nomads started slowly due to some tight bowling from Richard Revell and Dobson, however, Phillips and Sepperson both crept up to their 25’s the former reaching his first, and by the 9th over the team had reached 68, quick acceleration was required James Mckemy hit a boundary 4 and was out next ball bowled by Patel, O’brien blasted a brisk 14 off 6 balls he was caught brillianly one handed off the ceiling by Revell off Dobsons bowling, Stephen Rigg made just 2 and was run out backing up too far, Andy O’Brien added 9 but Shepperson had only just reached his 25, Phillips returned thirteen were required from the final over and Dobson started with three dots – two run threes followed so a boundary six off the last ball would see Nomads home on less wickets but O’brien could only manage a three, with Dobson finishing with the best figures of 1-19.
Wycombe House 77 – 5 (12) lost to Broadstairs 78-0 (7.3)
Hadleigh and Thundersley 103- 5 (12) beat Preston Nomads 100 -3 (12)
Broadstairs 137 – 4 (12) beat Hadleigh and Thundersley 65 all out (10.2)