Egerton Park win first Salaman Cup in 17 years

Egerton Park celebrate winning the Salaman Cup for the first time in 17 years EMN-150721-100748002

Egerton Park celebrate winning the Salaman Cup for the first time in 17 years EMN-150721-100748002

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Hosts Egerton Park laid their hands on the Salaman Cup for the first time since 1998 with a comprehensive final win on Friday.

Buckminster batted first and were soon in trouble when star batsman Peter Morgan was caught by Rose off the bowling of Panchal from the very first ball of the game.

Park celebrate the key wicket of Buckminster opener Pete Morgan, taken on the first ball of the match EMN-150721-100738002

Park celebrate the key wicket of Buckminster opener Pete Morgan, taken on the first ball of the match EMN-150721-100738002

Two balls later they thought they had claimed the scalp of Jamie Morgan, only for Woolcock to spill the ball as he hit the deck.

But when Watchorn bowled Allen in his first over, Buckminster were two down with only two runs on the board.

A partnership of 38 followed for the third wicket, but the introduction of the miserly Creed, and the spin of man-of-the-match Josh Blunt soon swung the game back in Park’s favour, and Buckminster were dismissed for just 89.

The home side’s reply got off to a flyer with skipper Tom Glover making a swift 21 before he was bowled by a delivery which kept low.

Woolcock soon followed, but fellow opener Stuart Rose was determined to see Park home.

Following a cautious start he finished unbeaten on 49, taking the home side to victory, with Charlie Madden, in only the 11th over.

Club captain Nick Watchorn said: “It was a great to see so many people down supporting the club and competition.

“We bowled really well, particularly young Josh Blunt who set up the victory.

“Stuart (Rose) has been out of form of late and it was great to see him perform with the bat as we know he can.

“We performed really well in all departments of the game and we were good value for our victory.”

Buckminster: P. Morgan 0, J. Morgan 27, D. Allen 0, B. Ryder 14, H. Webster 13, M. Gill 1, X. Xipu 3, A. Roberts 15, C. Corby 1, T. Gadsby 5*, Extras 9. Total: 89.

Bowling: K. Panchal 3-0-12-1; N. Watchorn 4-0-31-1; J. Blunt 4-0-24-4; J. Creed 4-0-10-1; T. Glover 2-0-9-0; J. Barnard 0.3-0-2-1.

Egerton Park: S. Rose 49*, T. Glover 21, J. Woolcock 4, C. Madden 12*, Extras 4. Total: 90-2.

Bowling: X. Xipu 2-0-19-0; C. Corby 4-0-18-2; T. Gadsby 3.4-40-0; H. Webster 1-0-12-0.