Broadstairs CC crowned ECB National Indoor Champions

Thursday 21st March 2024


Broadstairs CC crowned ECB National Indoor Champions

Broadstairs Cricket Club were crowned ECB National Indoor Champions beating Ferndown Wayfarers CC in the final on Sunday 17 March. It is 26 years since their last triumph in the competition, continuing the success of Kent clubs in the ECB National Competition with 5 Kent winners in the last 11 events.

Details of the Finals Day below:

Semi Final – Broadstairs CC (
Final – Broadstairs CC (

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Broadstairs beat Ockbrook & Borrowash (Derbyshire) comfortably in the semi final running out all 6 of their players for an under par 106. Broadstairs scored 38 off the first 2 overs of the chase and although lost both openers before they reached 25 cruised to 109-3 with 2 overs to spare.

In the Final against Ferndown Wayfarers (Dorset), Broadstairs won the toss and decided to bat first. Both openers were dismissed relatively cheaply and at 30 – 2 off 4 overs the game could have gone wrong. However sensible batting between Nathan Fox and George Kidd moved the score up to 71 before George was out for 20 in the 8th over.

The last 3 overs of the innings Broadstairs scored 45 runs with Nathan ending up on 34 and Jake Benfield on 32 making the total 126-4. Probably a bit below par the players and supporters knew early wickets were needed as Ferndown had scored over 130 in their semi final earlier in the day.

Again the Broadstairs fielding was excellent with Jake Benfield smartly fielding in the corner to run one of the openers out with the score on 10. 2 balls later there was another run out with Tom Marshall hitting the stumps at the bowlers end and the score was 10-2. The atmosphere was upped by the Broadstairs spectators now nicely fuelled up mid afternoon.

3 more wickets fell reasonably quickly meaning Ferndown were on 41-5, heavily breathing Chris Kidd picking up 2-7 off his 3 overs. Although Will Samson batted courageously, the game was effectively over with them needing over 15 an over and he was finally run out when the score was on 77 in the 10th over. Broadstairs were again National Indoor Champions after a wait of 26 years since their only other win.

Broadstairs CC Chair, Brian Solly, said: “Fantastic achievement and BCC were the standout team on show with their fielding exceptional.. Fabulous effort with every single player stepping up and delivering on the biggest stage at the Home of Cricket. Well done lads.”

Veteran Chris Kidd, National Indoor Winner in 1998 and now in 2024 said: “Amazing day for the club, so pleased for the young lads in the team.”

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