Broadstairs were first up at the Spitfire ground this Sunday against Burridge from Hampshire (who beat last year Lords winners Salisbury).
Put into bat, Hampshire lost Dan Hewitt in the first over, bowled by Matt Frewin. Things went from bad to worse when Richard Kenway was caught by Frewin in the 2nd over bowled by Luke Palmer. Marcus Campopiano and Derek Kenway consolidated with the former retiring on 25 bringing the score to 44 at the end of the 8th over, the next over from Eliot Fox saw Kenway run out for 5, was was followed by a wicket maiden from Isaac Dilkes which comprised of the run out of Will Steward for 7 and Dan Stancliffe 3 caught by Andy Marshall. Campopiano dominated the final 2 overs scoring a further 21 until he was spectacularly caught by Fox with one ball remaining. Burridge ended up with just 72 pick of the Broadstairs bowlers was Dilkes with 2-10.
In reply Broadstairs coasted to an easy victory in just 8 overs with Andrew Bailey retiring on 27 and Fox 20 not out, the Hampshire sides cause was not helped by bowling 22 wides and 4 no balls in defending such a small total.
The second semi final was equally one sided as Old Brentwood after a couple of tidy overs scored briskly as openers Nazim Hussain 27 and Ramesh Gulanan both retired, the score reached 99 before the first wicket fell in the 9th over when Ayaz Qurashi 11 was stumped by Mead in Mizens first over, his second and the penultimate saw a further stumping Mohammad Amin 13 and Barbar Choudhary run out on 8. Gulanan returned finishing on 32* and with Khalid Sawar 12* the Essex side had compiled a challenging total of 140 – Mr Extras top scored with 36 which included 33 wides. Mizen the only wicket taker returned figures of 2-26.
Berkshires Theale and Tilehurst side who had played at the regional finals a couple of seasons ago, struggled early doors and with Mead run out in the second over without troubling the scorers their cause was not helped, two overs later Amin had Holder 4 caught by Qurashi with the total on 21. Sharp and Dimmack added 32 for the next wicket when the latter was run out for 18 but the asking rate kept rising. The last 3 wickets fell in quick succession in the 10th and 11 th overs, Mizen was run out for 4 followed closely by Sharp 28, last out was Bozarth 3 caught behind by Choudhary in Qurashis final over. Theale ended up with just 75 on the board with an over to spare.
The final proved to be one of the best and tightest seen at this stage of the competition, the Hampshire side were asked to bat and failed to score from Frewins first over, Hussain and Gulanan then looked more confident as they managed to pinch a few 3’s, Palmers second over was a game changer as the dangerous Gulalan 13 was brilliantly caught off the ceiling by Fox followed 3 balls later when Choudhary 1 stumps were upended. Another run out Hussain for 16 in the 6 th with the total on 38 looked to have swayed the game in Broadstairs’ favour, however, Qurashi 23* and Amin 12 added 27 in the next 3 overs before Amin was run out for 12, another dozen not out from Sawar saw Old Brentwood finish on 90 for 4. Palmers figures were 2-21.
The Broadstairs innings started with a Sawar maiden, while the 2 nd over saw Fox and Bailey add 10, Baileys dismissal caught by Hussain off the bowling of Amin in the third over put Broadstairs on the back foot but the teenager Fox played with experience picking up 3’s where he could, Dilkes was well taken caught behind in Sawars 2 nd over and at the end of the 7 th Broadstairs were behind the rate on 38 for 2. Entering the foray next was evergreen Andy Marshall, he ensured Fox was back in the pavilion retire on 25 then he and Frewin took the sting out of the Brentwood attack picking up 3’s with consummate ease as they added 53 from 27 balls reaching the
victory target with 3 balls in hand. Marshall finished with 23* and Frewin 21*, whilst Sawar was the best of the Brentwood bowlers returning 1-14.
Broadstairs return to Lords for the second year running and the 7 th time in the history of the competition.
SF1 Burridge 72 - 6 (11.5) lost to Broadstairs 73 – 0 (7.0)
SF2 Old Brentwood 140 – 3 (12) beat Theale and Tilehurst 75 – 6 (11)
Final Old Brentwood 90 – 4 (12) lost to Broadstairs 91 – 2 (11.3)