King’s Keys have unlocked the secret to Shield success

Zaheer Abbas of King's Keys is bowled by Emile Kriek of Market Deeping in the Stamford Shield KO Cup Final.
Zaheer Abbas of King's Keys is bowled by Emile Kriek of Market Deeping in the Stamford Shield KO Cup Final.
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Peterborough-based King’s Keys upset the odds again to claim the Stamford KO Shield.

The Rutland Division Two outfit beat Lincs Premier Division side Market Deeping by 15 runs in a tense, low-scoring final at Barnack CC. King’s Keys had never entered the competition before, but also beat top sides Burghley Park and Nassington on the way to the final.

The city side looked doomed at half-time after mustering just 103-9 in their 20 overs, although after slumping to 50-7 and 83-9 reaching three figures was something of a triumph. Shokat Ali and Shoaib Choudhary added what turned out to be a crucial 20 for the final wicket. Zaheer Abbas had scored 18 opening the batting.

South African Emile Kriek claimed three wickets in four balls at one point on his way to outstanding figures of 4-20 and he held a steepling catch to dismiss dangerous opener Faisal Javed, but his early departure with the bat set the alarm bells ringing in the Deeping camp.

King’s Keys fielded and bowled with tremendous energy and accuracy and Deeping became bogged down while falling to 27-4 after eight overs, Richard Witt and Patrick Brown started a recovery, but the latter’s run out for 15 proved crucial and Witt was eventually left stranded on 38 as Deeping were dismissed for 88. Lee Peacock was unable to bat for Deeping after picking up a hand injury in the field.

It was a great effort again by the underdogs who backed up the excellent bowling of Shazad Amir (3-16), Ansar Hussain (2-10) and Abbas (2-5) with some fine catching.

Deeping were left to rue another final defeat on this ground - their batting disintegrated in spectacular fashion against Nassington in the Jaidka Cup Final last month - Peacock’s injury and the bowling of too many wides, 17 in total, eight of them from highly-rated young fast bowling prospect Brown,


King’s Keys 103-9 (Z. Abbas 18, S. Ali 18, S. Choudhary 17no, E. Kriek 4-20, L. Peacock 2-14).

Market Deeping 88 (R. Witt 38no, S. Amir 3-16, Z. Abbas 2-5, A. Hussain 2-10).