Wicket wizards Tring take yet another title

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TRING Park have capped off a tremendous league and cup campaign with victory in the Bucks Cup final.

Having already lifted the coveted Gazette Cup and secured runners-up spot in the Home Counties Premier League, Tring finished off the season with an against-the-odds win over Wolverton.

At 100-9 after 25 overs, Tring looked in trouble – but young Sam Shearman joined Simon Stanway for a tenth-wicket partnership of 45 to change the game.

Shearman played some good sweeps and clips on the leg side before being bowled by Zac Wade for 22 with the total on 145.

Leigh Tomlinson had held the top of the innings together with 20 from 34 balls after the loss of two early wickets for two runs.

Michael Payne, batting at number four, joined Tomlinson to put on 46 for the third wicket, before they were both dismissed in quick succession by Zahir Khan (3-31).

At 61-5, a sub-100 total looked likely but Toby Wastling gave Tring some impetus with 27 from 20 balls including two straight sixes.

When he was dismissed, the score quickly subsided to 100-9 to bring Stanway and Shearman together to rescue the innings.

In reply, Wolverton opener Assim Hussain played the shots while Zac Wade acted as the anchor against Stanway’s medium pace bowling and Richard Yates’ spin.

There was no success for Tring until Shearman was introduced to the attack in the 11th over and he dismissed Hussain with his third ball. He then claimed the scalp of Wade less than three overs later – both caught by captain Matt Bowyer.

Shearman continued to tear through the attack and when he trapped Aky Hussian LBW, the Wolverton score was 57-3 in the 19th over.

Michael Payne then picked up two wickets to make the score 68-5, and Charlie Maw was run out after excellent fielding from Leigh Tomlinson.

This led to a batting collapse as the last five wickets fell for four runs, with Payne and Rory Criddle picking up two wickets each.

A total of 92 gave Park a 53-run victory and ensured the silverware made its way back to Tring.