Senior National Cup Finals 23/24 - preview, live streams, live stats & more

The National Cup Finals are nearly here, with Sunday's two senior finals both ready to deliver some much-anticipated action.

We've got previews of both games below, and fixture titles can be clicked to access live stats links.

Live streams are also available, along with a gallery of photos of this year's finalists in action at the bottom of the page.

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1:00pm - WNBL National Cup Final - Thames Valley Cavaliers v Endeavour Ipswich Basketball Club

Sunday’s action gets underway with holders Thames Valley Cavaliers looking to defend their crown against Endeavour Ipswich Basketball.

TVC claimed their maiden title with a stunning 66-57 win over Reading Rockets a year ago and have marched back to the Final after impressive wins over Cobham Cobras and Brent Bulls, though the 78-74 semi-final victory against the Rockets in a rematch of the 2022/23 showpiece may have been the best performance of all.

Ipswich have aced a similarly tricky route to Manchester, knocking off University of East Anglia and Anglia Ruskin University in rounds two and three.

The Suffolk programme then edged out 2016/17 winners CoLA Southwark Pride 78-70 in the quarters and Sheffield Hatters II 81-77 in the semi-finals.

With both teams flying high in WNBL Division One, Ipswich (1st, 11-2) and Thames Valley (joint 2nd, 8-4) are both enjoying quality campaigns and enter the weekend with momentum on their side.

Those regular season records both come off the back of a dramatic league clash last Saturday, with the Cavs claiming a thrilling 88-87 road win on the buzzer in an early marker for this year’s final.

TVC were in control of that tie for the most part, leading by as many as 16 points early in the fourth quarter before an Ipswich fight back forced some late heroics.

No doubt both teams will have learned plenty from that encounter, both in success and defeat, and will try to take those lessons into this year’s final with silverware on the line.

Ipswich’s Harriet Welham will surely be one to watch, averaging 25.9PPG, 10.9RPG and 4.1APG in D1W. She was also selected as the MVP when Ipswich last won this title, rounding out a fairytale run in 2017/18 as the first-ever WNBL National Cup winners from outside the top flight.

Welham is joined by the likes of Liv Forster, Christabel Osarobo, Yazmin Edwards and Louisa Gibbins as some of the top young talent in the women’s game and any of them can be a match winner on a given day.

Thames Valley have a solid two-pronged attack led by reigning Cup Final MVP Helene Trailin alongside versatile guard Kat Goldsby.

Guard Robyn Ainge can get hot from range and swing any contest, whilst guard Chinwe Iwunze (team-high 19pts vs Ipswich last week) has been putting up solid numbers in recent weeks alongside centre Katie Richards.

Thames Valley captain Kat Goldsby: "I'm excited to have earned the opportunity to defend the Cup title. We know that we are a squad of talented ladies who are capable of achieving anything we put our mind to. We look forward to taking the stage in Manchester for the second year running, and to play an accomplished side in Ipswich. We are excited for the challenge!"
Ipswich captain Harriet Welham: “The road to this final has been incredibly tough, but has really tested us and we are better for it. We know that Thames Valley are one of the best teams in the country and we are looking forward to a great game.”

4:00pm - NBL National Cup Final - Milton Keynes Breakers v Reading Rockets

Milton Keynes Breakers will be aiming to become the first team from outside NBL Division One to win the NBL National Cup since 1973 as they take on Reading Rockets.

In 1972/73, the inaugural season of the modern NBL, London Latvian SK defeated then D1 side Sutton 70-69 at Crystal Palace to claim the National Cup.

LLSK would join D1 the following season, and no side from outside the top flight has reached an NBL National Cup Final since.

That puts the Breakers in elite company, and their run to this year’s final has already involved wins over D1 outfits Loughborough, Worthing and Derby. Reaching Manchester’s showpiece is also one step further than MK managed in 2022/23 as a D3 team, with their trajectory continuing to trend upwards.

Three-time Cup winners Reading Rockets will have no time for letting MK’s story reach its fairytale conclusion though, with the 2019/20 finalists looking to become the competition’s joint-forth most successful team with a fourth win here.

The road to Manchester has been a tough one for coach Nuruzade’s team, with three of their four opponents residing in D1. That includes their semi-final foes Essex Rebels, with the current league leaders being dispatched 93-88.

There should be a number of excellent match ups on display across the court as both finalists boast rosters that are as deep as they are talented.

Reading’s Zach Powell (13.6PPG, 6.5RPG, 3.7APG) is a familiar face in this season’s Rebound D1M Team of the Week conversation, while versatile guard Mitch Clarke (18.6PPG, 4.9APG) is another with match-winning credentials.

Captain Lewis Champion is a former Cup winner with Team Northumbria in 2016/17 and has plenty of big game experience and centre Christian Alexander has also been hitting form in recent weeks.

MK’s Nathan Robinson is one to watch for the Breakers. The newly signed guard had 18 points in the semi-final win over Derby and he’ll be playing in his hometown after spending last season with BBL outfit Manchester Giants.

Sharpshooter Blayne Freckleton has lit up the NBPC before, nailing ten three-pointers on his way to a 39-point outing and MVP honours at last season’s D3 playoff final.

Guard combo Dante Langley and Jordan Spencer are both a threat for high-volume scoring performances, and centre Chris Tawiah is yet another player on this MK roster with significant overseas and/or BBL experience.

Milton Keynes head coach Billy Beddow: “Needless to say, we are really excited to be in the Cup Final. To go a step further than we did last year is great, but the goal is to win the Cup, not just make the final. We know Reading are a great team and will be very well prepared. These are the level of games that we want to be playing week in and week out. We’re motivated to bring some silverware back to Milton Keynes for the city and our amazing fans.”
Reading head coach Samit Nuruzade: “It was a good win against Essex considering the circumstance, missing Lewis our captain. But never the less, everyone came through. We started slowly, but we got ourselves into the game and carried on from there. Full credit to Essex, they're a great team, well coached, fought really really hard and made it incredibly difficult for us, even into the last seconds. But I'm delighted for the Rockets' family and delighted that we're into the final."