Flitwick Cricket Club continued their progress in the ECB National Indoor Knockout Cup with two outstanding performances to win the Midlands Regional Finals Day at Edgbaston Indoor School.
The excellent display advances them to National Finals Day, at Lord’s on March 15.
In their first match, Flitwick won the toss and asked former competition winners Godmanchester Town to bat first.
After a nervy start, the Flitwick spinners got on top in the middle overs and were able to restrict the Huntingdonshire side to 112 runs from their 12 over allocation.
In reply, the Flitwick openers showed their class in the early stages before George Thurstance was bowled.
Some tricky mid-innings overs were offset by a profitable ninth over which allowed the Bedfordshire representatives to ease home with an over and three wickets to spare.
In the Regional Final, Wolverton Town elected to bat first and were soon in trouble with some suicidal running between the wickets.
The spinners again put a stranglehold on the match, before Jimmy Hart cleaned up the innings for just 88 all out.
The Flitwick response was relatively untroubled as again Jimmy Hart and Thurstance scored freely, and both reached the retirement mark.
Despite losing Higgingbotham to an LBW, captain Phil Gurney and veteran Jason Twist were able to see Flitwick home with plenty of overs to spare.
At Lord’s, Flitwick will play Lincolnshire outfit Cherry Willingham CC in the second semi-final, with the winners playing either South Woodford of Essex or Neyland CC of Wales for the national title.
Flitwick will be running a coach for players and supporters wishing to attend.