Blackheath Cricket Club have taken home the National Club Championship trophy for the first time since 1971.

The south east London team stormed to victory with a nine wicket victory – and 92 balls remaining – over Northern Cricket Club from the Liverpool and District Cricket Competition.

Captain Chris Willetts said: “I thought we gave them 20 or 30 runs more than we should have done. It’s very useful to have bowlers like James Hands in your back pocket when you know that he’s going to go for next to nothing.

“There are only one or two players who remember us winning this in 1971 but it is nice to play at a club which has a tradition of doing well in these competitions.”

They won their game at The County Ground,Beckenham on Sunday, September 20.