WILTSHIRE’S men’s side have reached the semi-finals of the inter-county indoor championship for the first time in 21 years.

The 24-strong Moonrakers side, containing 14 players from the Westlecot indoor club, booked their place in the last four of the Liberty Trophy against Kent with a superb performance against Devon at Isca IBC (Exeter) in the quarter-finals.

They toppled the Liberty holders 126-108 after taking the spoils on three rinks and a draw on another.

On Saturday, Wiltshire bid to reach the final for only the fourth time in their history when they face Kent on the neutral indoor green at Whiteknights, Reading.

Wiltshire previously won the competition in 1984 when they beat Lincolnshire, and more recently in 1996 when defeating Cornwall.

In this season’s event, Wiltshire beat Oxfordshire at home at Westlecot 127-105 in round one, then followed that by recording a comprehensive 138-65 away win over Worcestershire at Malvern Hills before the defeat of reigning champions Devon.

Wiltshire team manager Neil Smith said: “It was a brilliant performance from everyone. This has been coming for the last few seasons.

“We have rebuilt the team and instilled the belief in them that we are good enough to go all the way.

“I have always believed that, now the team are believing and enjoying it.

“We are all looking forward to the next game and playing Kent.”

Wiltshire will be unchanged from the side that beat Devon in the last round, meaning Westlecot again supply 14 of the players selected.

The rest of the 24-man side comprises six players from Five Rivers, Salisbury and two each from North Wilts (Chippenham) and Christie Miller (Melksham).