Sarisbury Athletic Claim Second Title in Three Years
The ECB Indoor National Club Championship Finals took place on Sunday 26th March at the MCC Cricket Academy at Lord’s and it was Sarisbury Athletic CC who won the title, another success for the Hampshire club who also won this competition in 2015. Sarisbury Athletic were joined in the final by six-times finalists Broadstairs CC from Kent in what proved to be a high scoring, high quality final. Earlier in the day Broadstairs had overcome Spondon CC from Derbyshire while Downham Town CC from Norfolk lost to the eventual winners in their semi final.
Sarisbury Athletic amassed one of the largest scores ever achieved at a Lord’s indoor final as they put the youthful Broadstairs bowling attack to the sword. Pete Hammond top scored with 47 not out while another four of the six batsmen reached 25 or more. Captain Matt Journeaux was particular harsh on Issac Dilkes who went for 24 in his final over as Sarisbury Athletic reached an impressive 170-3 from their 12 overs.
Broadstairs impressed early on in their chase of such an imposing target and were nearly up with the required run rate at 102-1 with 5 overs remaining, with Elliot Fox and Dilkes scoring quick runs and retiring once they reached 25. However, two run outs in two balls halted the progress of Broadstairs, Josh Hill being integral in the first run out, and from there on Broadstairs found the mountain to climb a bit too steep. Two wickets by Hammond, who finished with 2-23 from 2.3 overs, plus two further run outs saw Broadstairs all out for 131 and Sarisbury the victors by 39 runs.
Sarisbury had shown their batting power in the first semi final of the day as they reached 151-2 against Downham Town with four batsmen once again reaching 25 or more. Angus Stuart made 34 in the Downham Town innings but Josh Hill took 2-12 and Shayne Freemantle 1-16 as the Norfolk side were dismissed for 81.
In the second semi final Broadstairs opted to chase and Spondon started well with captain Adam Finlay scoring 26 and Joe Ashdown reached an unbeaten 43 but Issac Dilkes impressed with the ball to take 2-27 as the Derbyshire side made 128-5. Broadstairs copied Sarisbury Athletic in having four batsmen retiring at 25 as they made their target with the loss of 2 wickets and 5 balls to spare.
Semi Final 1 - Sarisbury Athletic v Downham Town
Semi Final 2 - Broadstairs v Spondon
Final - Sarisbury Athletic v Broadstairs
2017 - Sarisbury Athletic (Hants)
2016 - Belhus (Essex)
2015 - Sarisbury Athletic (Hants)
2014 - Dearne (Yorks)
2013 - Margam (Wales)
2012 - Whitstable (Kent)
2011 - Canterbury (Kent)
2010 - Godmanchester Town (Hunts)
2009 - Preston Nomads (Sussex)
2008 - Havant (Hants)
2007 - Blaydon (Durham)