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
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).