Shropshire: Steve Leach stars as season ends with big Devon win

Steve Leach
Steve Leach finished the season with 692 runs in the Minor Counties Western Division
Minor Counties Championship, Shrewsbury
Devon 274 Curtis 52, Golding 51; Randhawa 4-93 and 183 Randhawa 6-48
Shropshire 385 Leach 170, Lockley 117; Bess 5-82 and 73-0 Ali 58no
Shropshire won by 10 wickets
Shropshire 16 pts, Devon 6 pts

Shropshire ended their Minor Counties Western Division campaign by completing a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over Devon on the final day at London Road.

Spinner Gurnam Randhawa (6-48) finished with a 10-wicket match haul as Devon slipped from 147-7 to 183 all out to leave the home side needing 73 to win.

Openers Omar Ali (58 not out) and Steve Leach saw Shropshire home.

Leach (170) had earlier shared a record stand of 265 with Ryan Lockley (117) in their first innings 385 all out.

Leach's knock, off 235 balls and including 19 fours and two sixes, was his highest for Shropshire and his second-wicket partnership with Lockley beat the old club record of 235, set in 1990.

Coach Karl Krikken's on Shropshire's season
"It's been a little bit disappointing in respect that I think we've had hold of every game that we've played in. We've bossed four of the six but unfortunately only won two, but I think we're heading in the right direction."

Lockley's dismissal, trapped lbw, triggered a steady loss of wickets as Shropshire went from 275-2 to 385 all out, but it still gave them a first-innings lead of 109.

On the final morning, Randhawa, who took his season's tally to 33, completed match figures of 10-141 as Shropshire quickly set themselves up for their second win of the summer with Leach and Ali knocking off the runs inside seven overs.

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