CRICKET: Shrivenham clinch first Airey Cup triumph

Shrivenham celebrate their victory over Garsington

Shrivenham celebrate their victory over Garsington

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Shrivenham captured OCA League's Airey Cup for the first time with a 76-run victory against Garsington at Kidlington.

Adam Tucker was named man-of-the-match after scoring 82 and taking 5-47, but Shrivenham’s dominant success was far from a one-man effort.

Shrivenham, who lost last year’s final to Westbury, made the most of being inserted to rack up a mammoth 272-5, despite the overcast and blustery conditions.

Tucker and Mark Whale put on 137 for the first wicket, but it was Conor Taylor’s late hitting that did the real damage.

Taylor blasted 67 not out off 37 balls including nine fours and a six, while Maseh Sadiqi was the only Garsington bowler to return respectable figures.

Garsington needed to score at more than six runs an over, but struggled to 79-1 after 20 overs.

This was soon 84-4 and it all looked done and dusted.

Asif Shah smashed a couple of sixes in a colourful 40, but the fightback never materialised.

Shah was trapped lbw by Tucker after being dropped twice and the wickets kept falling.

Craig Wharton made a spirited 25 before being the final man out at 196, but 273 had never been in range.

Ernie Howe provided good support to Tucker with an economical 2-38 from 11 overs.

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