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Shakeel spins Cornwall to Minor Counties glory

Shakeel Ahmed produced a devastating final-day bowling performance to lead Cornwall to an historic 151-run win over Buckinghamshire in the Minor Counties Championship final at Truro.

The Western Division winners - who had never previously won the Minor Counties Championship before today - held the upper hand overnight, having reduced their opponents to 93 for three in pursuit of 262.

However, few could have predicted the ease with which Cornwall would sweep to victory when play resumed.

Buckinghamshire’s last seven wickets fell for 18 in the space of 14.4 overs, with 46-year-old spinner Shakeel, who represented Pakistan in a solitary Test in 1998, claiming six of the scalps to finish with 7-36.

The veteran took just six deliveries to make a breakthrough this morning, dismissing Michael Payne for 33 with the final ball of the day’s first over.

David Cranfield-Thompson and Jason Harrison departed in Shakeel’s next two overs, before Cornwall captain Thomas Sharp got in on the act by removing Shaftab Khalid.

Shakeel wasted little time in running through the tail thereafter and had last man Simon Stanway caught by Sharp to complete a stunning performance.

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