Sarisbury relish Lord’s date

Sarisbury batsman Ricky Rawlins. Picture: Allan Hutchings (141727-317)
Sarisbury batsman Ricky Rawlins. Picture: Allan Hutchings (141727-317)
  • Allotment Road side visit home of cricket
  • Indoor National Club Championship crown the goal
  • Southern Electric Premier League side eye momentum for summer campaign
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Sarisbury will be gunning for glory at the home of cricket tomorrow.

The Allotment Road outfit will fight for the Indoor National Club Championship crown at Lord’s.

Fresh from summer success in the Southern Electric Premier League, the club came through a gruelling series of indoor matches to give themselves a shot at the national title.

David Banks hailed the heroics of his side in reaching this final stage of the competition.

And the batsman believes Sarisbury can taste success again tomorrow.

‘We won the league at Fleming Park in Eastleigh last year,’ said Banks.

‘We then advanced to the Hampshire finals where we beat Havant.

‘Then in the next round we came up against Guildford City last month, before we managed to win in the regional finals a fortnight ago.

‘Everyone performed with the bat and the ball and in the field.

‘We pride ourselves on the way we field indoor but there have been a lot of games!’

Sarisbury have a history of indoor success, having made the national final in 2013.

But the club are determined to go one step further and claim victory this time – after losing to south Wales side Margam two years ago.

This year, Sarisbury came through a fairly comfortable regional semi-final against Canterbury.

They posted a total of 90 for five and then shot out their rivals for just 39.

That victory set up a final against Sandwich Town.

The Kent side provided a tough test, and despite Sarisbury notching an impressive 98 for eight, they faced a few nervy overs as their opponents started a determined chase.

Sandwich needed 18 runs off the last 12 balls when skipper Matt Journeaux stepped up and took three wickets in the penultimate over to secure victory and send his team to the national final.

Journeaux and Banks will be joined by Ricky Rawlins, Joe Lovett, Archie Norris and Mark Miller on finals day.

They will have to overcome Neyland, from Pembrokeshire, in the first semi-final.

And if they succeed, Sarisbury will face either Lincolnshire’s Cherry Willingham or Flitwick CC, of Bedfordshire, to clinch the top prize.

Banks said: ‘All the lads have played well to get here.

‘Ricky Rawlins got 39 in the semi-final, so he excelled with the bat, and also deserves credit for playing with a broken toe. He battled on in a lot of discomfort.

‘We’re excited for the final. We’ll go up this morning and spend the day in London.

‘Then we will stay overnight in a hotel and walk across to Lord’s to hopefully win the final.

‘Going to Lord’s is exciting. We’ve been there twice now but we want to go one better this time.’

Banks believes Sarisbury can use indoor success to inspire their maiden Southern Electric Premier League premier division season.

Having won promotion from division one last summer, they will host Alton on May 2 in their first-ever game in the top flight.

‘We’re really looking forward to that,’ added Banks.

‘It’s the first time we’ve ever been in the top tier, which is amazing.

‘Ten years ago we were still playing in the Hampshire League.

‘It will be a really good year.’