Minor Counties: Shropshire through to another Trophy final


Shropshire reached their second MCCA Trophy final in four years thanks to Sunday's 13-run win over Hertfordshire.

Batting first, Shropshire rattled up 285-6, chiefly thanks to 84 not out from Tom Cox and a blistering 71 in 45 balls from wicket-keeper Anthony Parker, who also claimed six catches.

Shropshire looked to be in control when the home side slipped to 184-9.

But a last-wicket stand of 88 saw the hosts fall 14 runs short of victory on 272-9, Elliot Green taking 4-42.

Shropshire, winners in 2010, will now meet fellow Western Division side Berkshire in next month's final at Wormsley in Buckinghamshire - the picturesque private ground of the late cricket lover Sir Paul Getty.

Shropshire, who have now won all nine of their competitive matches this season, have three more three-day Minor Counties Championship matches to play before the final.

They host Cornwall at Shrewsbury next Sunday (21-23 July), followed by another home match against Trophy finalists Berkshire at Whitchurch (4-6 August).

They then take on Championship title rivals Cheshire at Nantwich (18-20 August) before the Trophy final against Berkshire (Wednesday 28 August).


Shropshire: 285-6 (Cox 84no, Parker 71, Murtagh 47).

Hertfordshire: 272-9 (Scott 51no, Frazer 42, Green 4-42).

Shropshire won by 13 runs.

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