Egerton Park pip Buckminster to lift Martin Cowman Cup

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A damp Friday evening saw Egerton Park overcome Buckminster in a low-scoring Martin Cowman Cup final.

Jack Berry won the toss for Buckminster and took no time in deciding to bat first. But Park skipper Nick Watchorn made an inspired decision to open the bowling with two leg spinners and this took the visitors by complete surprise.

The decision paid off in dramatic style as Josh Blunt and Zaheer Hussain found plenty of turn with the new ball and took two wickets each in their five-over spell for very few runs.

Buckminster never got started and, with Watchorn, Burdett, Marshall and Beeken all picking up wickets, Park bowled Buckminster out for an unlikely 60.

Park should have made easier work of the run chase, but credit has to be given to the Buckminster bowlers who never gave up.

After a couple of overs of pace, Berry turned to spin and ended up the pick of the bowlers, returning 3 for 31 from his five overs.

But in truth, despite losing eight wickets, Park always looked comfortable and secured victory in the 15th over.

Watchorn said: “Before the game everyone had written us off of having any chance of lifting the cup, everyone except the XI who mattered of course.

“We believed in each other, fielded and bowled extremely well, I’m really proud of the boys, they deserved the win.”

Buckminster: 60.

Bowling: J. Blunt 5-0-23-2; Z. Hussain 5-0-15-2; N. Watchorn 2-1-3-1; T. Marshall 2-1-5-1; J. Burdett 1.4-0-9-2; C. Beeken 1-0-5-1.

Egerton Park: S. Rose 6, C. Madden 16, J. Bates 1, J. Woolcock 11, D. Burdett 0, Z. Hussain 1, J. Blunt 13*, T. Marshall 9, N. Watchorn 1, Extras 5. Total: 63-8.

Bowling: Curbs 5-1-14-2; J. Berry 5-0-31-3; D. Allen 2.1-0-10-1; T. Gadsby 2-0-8-1.