Dinton man Shakil puts Bucks’ Minor Counties dreams in a spin with seven-wicket haul for Cornwall

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Bucks’ hopes of winning an 11th Minor Counties Championship crown were dashed when they lost the final by 150 runs to Cornwall at Truro.

And the man who destroyed Bucks’ chances was a player who has played league cricket for Bucks clubs over the past ten years.

Shakil Ahmed, the 46-year-old former Beaconsfield left-arm spinner, who now represents Dinton in the Home Counties Premier League, produced devastating figures of 7-36 as Bucks, chasing 262 for victory, were shot out for 111 in their second innings to give Cornwall their first ever title.

Shakil, who played one Test for Pakistan 15 years ago, returned match figures of 10-109 from 56.4 overs and was chosen as man of the match. He had played as a pro in Cornwall at the turn of the century.

This was a great disappointment for Eastern Division champions, Bucks, who were playing their third final in six years.

Having won the toss, and inserted the hosts, Bucks had Cornwall struggling at 95-5 on the first day, but they recovered to reach 257.

Bucks ground it out, making 205-9 from 90 overs in reply, Cornwwall captain, Tom Sharp taking 5-76.

Batting was never easy on a slow pitch, but Cornwall were bowled out for 209 off 94.1 overs in their second innings. This total included 12 penalty runs for a slow over rate.

So Bucks were set 262 for victory, and with former England ODI star Mal Loye failing to produce a big innings, Bucks finished the third day at 94-3.

The game seemed well-balanced, but on the final morning Bucks, who last won the title in 2009, had a disastrous collapse, at one stage losing six wickets for eight runs to be dismissed for 111.