16th Jul, 2019

National indoor success for Hagley CC

HAGLEY were crowned ECB National Indoor champions after defeating Kent side Broadstairs in a thrilling final at Lord’s.

The Worcestershire side faced Woodlands (Yorkshire) in the semi-finals who could only manage 88 all out after being asked to bat first.

Lee Nightingale (28*), Joe Lennon (26*) and Michael Stead (23*) eased Hagley to victory for the loss of just one wicket.

The final against Broadstairs proved to be a daunting prospect with the finals day regulars determined to take home the trophy after finishing as runners-up in recent years.

Broadstairs were asked to bat first and after losing Andrew Bailey (6) early on, Elliot Fox and Isaac Dilkes scored well before the former retired on 25.

Skipper Andy Marshall was run out for two before Dilkes was dismissed for 23.

Part-time bowler Nightingale then bowled Matthew Frewin (19) before trapping Luke Palmer (1) for lbw to leave Broadstairs at 79-5.

Fox returned and played an excellent innings as the last man standing and kept going to the end of the 12 overs, ending on 62 not out as Broadstairs reached 114-5.

Broadstairs had the perfect start as Lennon (1) was run out by Marshall but this brought together Nightingale and Stead.

Stead survived a run out chance first ball but both reached 25 and retired which allowed Broadstairs to regain the initiative as Fox dismissed Daniel Giles first ball before Ed Rhodes (3) was bowled by Dilkes.

Jon McDonnell paired up with the returning Stead and they added 25 before McDonnell was run out by Fox for 16.

This brought Nightingale back and he and Stead showed excellent composure to guide their team to victory, taking the final 27 runs from just nine balls.

Stead finished unbeaten on 49 and Nightingale on 37 to send the contingent from Hagley into delirium.

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