Saturday, 22 September 2012

Cricket . Minor Counties Championship won by Cornwall at long last. Former Pakistan Test cricketer Shakeel Ahmed, 46, Man of the Match.

Cornwall's winning team

Cricket pitch
 with view of Truro Cathedral

For the first time ever in the Championship’s 109 year history, Cornwall has won the Minor Counties Championship, beating Buckinghamshire by 150 runs on the fourth and final day at Boscawen Park in Truro, Cornwall.

Buckinghamshire needed 169 to win, but were skittled out in a dramatic finish by spinners Tom Sharp and former Pakistan Test player Shakeel Ahmed, losing the last seven wickets for only 18 runs.

The team for Cornwall included captain Tom Sharp,  Shakeel Ahmed, Tom Hughes, Sam Hockin, Rob Harrison, Matt Robins, Taylor Williams, Dave Roberts. Front: Jake Libby, Chris Hunkin,   Neil Curnow, Andrew Libby  and Paul Smith.

Shakeel Ahmed, 46, was made Man of the Match by referee Phil Caley, with seven wickets for 36 runs from 21.4 overs. "The boys played brilliantly. They were up against a tough side but were not prepared to give an inch”, said captain, Tom Sharp.

Shakeel, from St. Buryan, is surely a player that any first class team would be delighted to sign despite the fact he’ll be forty-seven next February. With an impressive bowling average of under 23 runs per wicket and a miserly 2.5 runs conceded per over he even has four Australian test scalps to his name, including the notorious Waugh brothers. His destructive form for Cornwall shows that age doesn’t matter when it comes to spin bowling.

Apart from this memorable win, Truro Cricket Club held its first international cricket match this summer, when England  played India  in a Women's One Day International. England’s women won the match by 3 wickets.