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South Northumberland humble Bromley to take Cockspur Cup

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South Northumberland Cockspur Cup 2006

The celebrations start for South Northumberland

Man-of-the-match Stephen Humble took three wickets and hit a rapid 30 not out to help South Northumberland sweep aside Bromley and lift the Cockspur Cup at Lord's.

Bromley won the toss and decided to field in the final, but were unable to stop South Northumberland posting a useful 227 for six, with Adam Heather making 68 and Matthew Hall 60.

John Graham South Northumberland Cockspur Cup 2006

Skipper John Graham lifts the Cockspur Cup

And although the Kent side had Nadeem Shahid's 78 underpinning their reply, they saw wickets tumble too swiftly to make a strong challenge and were finally skittled out for just 143.

Humble collected the Man of the Match award for his quick-fire 30 at the end of the innings and his excellent hostile bowling which produced figures of 3-16 off his full allocation of nine overs.

In contrast to the weather on Saturday for the NatWest Series ODI, Monday dawned bright with some patchy cloud for the ECB National Club Championship showpiece. Both teams were making their first appearance at the Final of this competition fresh from the success at the weekend of winning their respective Premier League titles.

Bromley started with some variable bowling that gave South Northumberland a helping hand with a dozen extras in the early overs. Contrastingly in the second over Michael Bluett struck to remove Graham, caught behind for a duck.

Bromley then tightened things up and South North progressed to 56 before Tom Mees ripped out Brendan Ford’s off stump. Then disaster struck as Chris Hewison ignored the call to go back from Heather and was palpably run out reducing his side to 58 for three.

South North Bulls now struggled and James Miller fell to Shahid’s leg-spin making the score 81 for four. Heather was joined by Hall who provided valuable support as they set about repairing the innings. At this stage is looked as if South North might reach a total in the region of 180 but these two players had a bigger target in mind.

Under the pressure from this onslaught the Bromley fielding deteriorated with catches being spilled and misfields costing runs. South Northumberland’s innings closed with a challenging score posted – helped in no small part by the 22 wides and four no-balls from the Bromley bowlers. The overs were also bowled too slowly and Bromley had an over deducted from their innings as a result.

In reply, Bromley lost an early wicket as well as Humble struck in the opening over to trap Leo Taylor leg before. Grant Sheen then threatened to cut loose playing a couple of exquisite shots through the covers but he was quickly out for 14 leaving Bromley on 30 for two.

By this stage Shahid had already shown his class and settled in – which probably explained South North’s reticence to use their spinners until the fielding restrictions were lifted after 15 overs.

The next wicket fell when Nicholas Bluett was run out, after a mix-up of pantomime proportions, for only four in a partnership of 52. With four wickets down it was vital that players dug in to support Shahid but the South North spinners applied the brakes and took some more quick wickets.

Both James Watson and Matt Isaacs were out for ducks and then disaster struck as Shahid tried to hit across the line and was bowled by Richard Brook for an exhilarating 78. With Bromley now 102 for six the writing was on the wall and it was only a matter of time before Stephen Humble and Michael Smalley wrapped up the tail. Bromley’s final total of 143 was 84 runs short of the South Northumberland score.

Sheen Cockspur Cup Final 2006

Humble victim: Bromley's Sheen is caught by Hewison off Stephen Humble's bowling

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