Margam book date at Lord's after fantastic regional run
MARGAM Cricket Club will battle it out with Britain's best in the national indoor cricket finals at Lord's later this month.
Mark Cox's side have sealed their place in the four-team final on March 17 after an impressive run of results in the regional finals.
First up for Margam was a trip to Ludlow in the South West Regional final.
The home side were restricted to 97-5 with the experienced pairing of Neil Williams and Kelvin Bartle taking two wickets apiece.
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Margam were always in charge of the reply with skipper Cox (27no) and Nicky Maggs (25no) steering the side to a five-wicket triumph in just seven overs.
Next stop was Edgbaston and a tough game against Moseley CC, who posted a total of 128-5.
Bartle again snapped up two wickets, while Cox also picked up a brace.
Margam set about the chase with vigour and reached their target in 10.3 overs with Cox (27no), Alex McCormack (25no) and Williams (25no) contributing.
The next game against MK Sahara proved a more comfortable affair with Margam skittling their opponents out for just 68. Williams proved unplayable, taking three wickets for seven runs in his three overs.
McCormack was also in fine form, finishing with figures of 2-5.
Margam then surged to the finishing line, posting 69-0 in six overs thanks to Maggs (25no) and Cox (21no)
Margam are only the second team from this area to reach the National Final.
Meanwhile, in the H Sports Swansea Indoor Cricket League, there were wins for Hafod and Cimla.
Hafod beat Tower by one wicket in the final over of a thrilling contest.
Phil Bendle hit 49 not out as Tower posted 127-3, while Tom Davies weighed in with an unbeaten 30.
In reply, Stuart Davies led the way with 46 not out and with Mark Evans hitting 39 not out, Hafod made it to the finishing line for the loss of four wickets.
Cimla lost just one wicket in pursuit of Penlan's 106-5.
Andrew Davies (30) and Richard Harries (25) had been the mainstay of the Penlan total with Ian Hornby (0-13) and Adam Wright (0-14) proving difficult to get away.
Wright then hit 28 not out and with Yaqoob Ali (26no) and Joe Parkhouse (24no) also in the runs, Cimla won with something to spare.