Blackheath 217 – 7 from 45 overs
Bath 122 all out in 35 overs
Visitors Bath arrived at The Rectory Field for an extensive warm up with their coach load of spectators taking their seats in the stands ahead of a 12 noon start. Despite the dank conditions, Blackheath won the toss and decided to bat and set a total. In front of some 150 spectators the match started with a very lively over from Bath’s danger man Lloyd Davies.
At 11-2 from 9 overs and Bath’s seamers making the most of the conditions it looked like it would be a difficult task to build a competitive total. But Tanweer Sikandar and Michael Thornley played the perfect innings for the moment, taking the sting out of the attack, then gathering runs before powering 4s around the ground. Sikandar batted 78 balls for his 51 before being caught on the long-on boundary. Thornley reached 75 off 108 balls before being caught trying to go over the top for another boundary. Their 100 run partnership put Blackheath on the front foot and classic run a ball innings from Dipayan Paul , Duncan Willetts  and Mahi Mahfuzul [10*] bought the total to a competitive 217.
In reply Bath never really got settled against some highly disciplined Blackheath bowling, led by Sikandar who returned figures of 9 – 2 – 33 – 3. Bath were 19-2 from 7 overs but could not consolidate as Blackheath had done from an almost identical position. As Jahed Ahmed switched on his radar, wickets fell at regular intervals, making it 38-3, 38-4, 40-5. With the heart of the batting removed, Bath’s Jenkins  and Padgett  added 50 runs before the partnership ended. No one could stay with Jenkins as the Blackheath bowlers finished off the visitors. The wickets were shared 2 a piece for Ahmed, James Hands and Tom Mees.
So Blackheath reach the National final of this competition for the third time, 34 years after losing to Scarborough at Lord’s in 1981!
The final is against Northern CC from the Liverpool competition, who beat Chester Le Street.
The game is on Sunday 20th September and is likely to be held at the Beckenham County Ground.