Barnack retain Burghley crown

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BARNACK retained their Burghley Park sixes crown on Friday evening.

Pakistani pro Tanvir Afzal, who is more renowned for hostile bowling than belligerent batting, smacked 11 sixes in two innings as Barnack saw off Newborough in the semi-final and Castor in the final.

Seven of those maximums arrived in the final. including four off the first four balls of an over of donkey drops from Laurence Davis, whose cunning plan to take all the pace off the ball misfired spectacularly.

Afzal was finally dismissed for 45 in the final, but Usman Sadiq (35no) and Asim Butt (24no) still ensured Barnack amassed 103-1 in their five overs.

Castor were actually ahead of the rate after three overs, but a decisive over from Usman which included the wicket of dangerman Kamran Hamayun for 41 enabled Barnack to cruise to a 29-run win.

Afzal had cracked a half-century in a comfortable semi-final win over Newborough, while Castor came back from the dead to beat Uppingham in a match decided by a ‘super over’.

Uppingham should never have let it get that far as they reached the final over requiring just six to win and that became one off the final ball, but bowler Matt Williams kept his nerve to execute a run-out and send the match into extra-time where Hamayun led Castor to a comfortable success.

Results: Semi-finals: Barnack 74-3 (T. Afzal 52) beat Newborough 44-4 by 30 runs; Castor 58-1 (M. Williams 39no) beat Uppingham 58-3 (J. Binley 30) after super over.

Final: Barnack 103-1 (T. Afzal 45, U. Sadiq 35no, A. Butt 24no) beat Castor 74-4 (K. Hamayun 41) by 29 runs.