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Kibworth take national title at the first attempt

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Kibworth Cockspur Cup victory

That winning feeling for Kibworth © Sarah Williams

Kibworth Cockspur trophy

The Cockspur Cup champions enjoy the moment at Lord's © Sarah Williams

Kibworth won the 2004 Cockspur Cup as they beat Ockbrook & Borrowash by five wickets in the Lord's final - to take the national knockout crown at the first time of asking.

The Leicestershire side passed their Derbsyshire rivals' 194 for nine with more than three overs up their sleeves, taking the silverware in their first year of entry in the ECB's top club cup competiton.

Cockspur Cup

Skipper Mike Sutliff, in his first year of captaincy of the Everards Leicestershire Premier Cricket League outfit, lead from the front in their run-chase, making 45 in an opening stand of 61 with John Hanger (29).

And although Ockbrook & Borrowash's young all-rounder Jake Needham bagged 4-27 from his nine overs to add to some fine batting earlier in the day, his side weren't able to stem the flow of runs as Andrew Smith finished unbeaten on 47 - and got vital support from former Leicestershire pair Russell Cobb (25) and Simon Renshaw (31 not out).

Ockbrook Borrowash Cockpsur Cup final

Tense moments in the Ockbrook and Borrowash dressing room © Sarah Williams

In the end, Kibworth reached 197 for five off 41.3 overs and booked themselves a nice Caribbean trip - as Cockspur will fly them to Barbados in November to play in the annual Barbados Pro-Am Festival.

Winning the toss and deciding to bat, Derbyshire Premier League side Ockbrook & Borrowash made a strong start and appeared to have the upper hand on their midlands neighbours.

Hoping to emulate the success of fellow Derbyshire Premier outfit Sandiacre Town last season, skipper Trevor Smith's decision to bat looked to have paid off as Chris Dunn (44), former Derbyshire opener John Owen (23) and 17-year-old Needham (51) all weighed in.

But some good bowling from former Leicestershire off-spinner Tim Mason helped Kibworth back into the match. His 3-43 from nine overs helped precipitate a middle-order slowdown, along with the run-out of top-scorer Needham just past his half-century.

And with Russell Spiers (3-35) and Smith (2-35) also bagging wickets to dent the innings' progress, Ockbrook & Borrowash were only able to post 194 for nine in the Lord's sunshine, giving Kibworth a scent of victory they dutifully followed to the winning post.

Kibworth celebrations Cockspur Cup Final

Kibworth's players show off the trophy on the Pavilion steps © Sarah Williams


Ockbrook Borrowash Cockspur Cup

Gallant runners-up: Ockbrook and Borrowash © Sarah Williams

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