King’s Keys dethrone Twenty/20 Kings

Shazad Amir took 3-25 for King's Keys against Nassington.

Shazad Amir took 3-25 for King's Keys against Nassington.

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King’s Keys pulled off a major shock in the Stamford KO Shield semi-finals by winning by three wickets at Jaidka Cup champions Nassington last night (July 6).

Nassington, who had lost just one of 11 Twenty/20 matches all season before last night - they also won the Stamford Charity Cup last week (June 29) - mustered just 95-9 in their 20 overs, a total the city side passed with 26 balls to spare.

A. Ali and Shazad Amir claimed three wickets apiece for King’s Keys in another low-scoring game on the difficult Nassington playing surface. Nassington’s Nick Walker top scored in the match with just 29.

King’s Keys’ victory has thwarted a repeat of this summer’s Jaidka final when Nassington defeated Market Deeping in dramatic fashion.

Deeping eased into the KO Shield Final with a nine-wicket win at home to Ketton. Shaakar Mahmood struck 51 of Ketton’s 121-9, but Chris Jones (54) and Emile Kriek (51no) made light work of that victory target.

Deeping’s Tom Shinkins (5-15) claimed the man-of-the-match award though with Jackson Andrews (2-20) offering him most support.

The final will be played next Monday (July 13, 6pm) at Barnack CC

Scores

Ketton 121 (S. Mahmood 51, T. Shinkins 5-15, J. Andrews 2-20).

Market Deeping 122-1 (C. Jones 54, E. Kriek 51no).

Nassington 95-9 (N. Walker 29, A. Ali 3-18, S. Amir 3-25, F. Javed 2-23).

King’s Keys 99-7 (M. Raheel 22, H. Craig 2-19, D. Bandaranaike 2-23).