Roffey eye up another ECB Cup milestone

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ANOTHER piece of club history is in the offing for Roffey this weekend when the club welcomes Spencer in their National Knock-Out Cup regional final.

The side beat Teddington in a thrilling last-round match to reach the last 32 stage for the first time, and they go into Sunday’s match in front of their home crowd confident of continuing their trek into the unknown.

“This is the furthest we’ve ever been, but the three teams we’ve already beaten have been Premier League sides so we don’t have anything to fear,” said opening batsman Josh Fleming.

“We don’t know much about our opponents, but we are at home and we always back ourselves to beat most teams there.

“It’s a massive game for the club and we’re all looking forward to it. Hopefully they’ll be a big crowd down to support us like there was on Sunday and hopefully we’ll be able to play our best.”

Spencer are mid-table in Division One of the Surrey Championship, beating Malden Wanderers in the last round, and should Roffey win it will put them into the last 16 of the national competition.

Roffey gave their home faithful some cheer last Sunday when they overcame Cuckfield to make progress in the Gray Nicholls 20/20 cup.

Batting first Cuckfield posted 163-7 from their 20 overs, spinner Luke Barnard taking four wickets while Andrew McGorigan bowled tightly without striking. And their reply was timed to perfection, reaching their target in 19.1 overs as Josh Fleming top scored with 50 while skipper Mike Norris was 45 not out.

It followed a good league win at Chichester in the league the previous day and Fleming added: “It made it a very good weekend with two good wins and our second team won both their games. It’s the first weekend where we’ve both won so it’s good for the club.”

Roffey will play the winners of Billingshurst and Haywards Heath with the game coming on the same day on July 10 at Haywards Heath.

Billingshurst beat Premier League side Three Bridges emphatically on Sunday to book their place.

Scott Stratton was out last ball of the innings for 97 in Hurst’s 172-2, and an inexperienced bowling attack reduced Bridges to 125-7.

Before Sunday’s cup match against Spencer, Roffey travel to East Grinstead in the league.

“They are in good form and they’re a good team but we’ll go there looking to win and hopefully come away with a positive result. We beat them the first game but they had some key players missing so it will be tougher,” added Fleming.