Heroic big hitting Hussain wins historic Stamford KO Shield for Ufford Park

Cricket.
Cricket.

Ufford Park beat Nassington Knights in a thrilling Stamford KO Shield Final last night (Monday).

Ufford had it all to do in the last over, needing 13 to win the match held at Stamford Town’s Uffington Road ground.

With two balls to go in the final game of the competition the scores were all level at 129 runs each but Ufford got over the line to win the silverware thanks to Tanvir Hussain.

Man of the match Hussain took strike in the final over with just four balls remaining. The first ball of the 20th over had seen Chris Lightfoot bowled for 4 by talented young spinner Harrison Craig, who took four wickets for 42 runs on the night.

But Hussain showed some superb big hitting in the clutch situation to first strike a four and then six to level the game.

With the field crowding him hoping for a catch off the young 14-year-old’s spin bowling Hussain smashed the fifth ball of the over to the boundary for four to secure Ufford’s first Stamford KO Shield final victory since 1963, wining by two wickets.

Hussain finished on 33 not out.

Nassington reached the final after seeing off their neighbours Barnack, and then big guns Market Deeping and Stamford Town.

They opened the batting with Alex Bandaranike scoring a game high 51 not out to take his side to a modest 129-4.

Connor Craig had chipped in with 35 not out in a sixth wicket stand of 74 but in the end it proved to be not enough.

Ufford’s four bowlers struggled to take wickets but had managed to keep the run rate low.

Pete Taylor took 1-38, Hussain 1-21 Sandeep Dahyia, 1-40 and Waheed Javed 0-27, each bowling five overs apiece.

After the break Ufford, who reached the final by beating Bourne and Ketton, got off to a poor start. Opening batsman Andy Larkin was caught and bowled for six by Jonathan Smith and his partner Javed scored just four runs before being caught by Craig off the bowling of Harron Bashir (1-24).

Nassington’s sharp fielding put Park behind the run rate required for most of the match. Tom Cooper (38) and Tom Hart (24) kept the scoreboard ticking over with some energetic running but it was not until match-winner Hussain came in at number seven that the finely balanced game tipped in favour of Ufford.