Foxton again denied victory by youngster

Tucker Gardner Premier Div.1

Granta IIs 161-9 (54 overs)

Foxton 238-4dec (41overs)

Match drawn

FOXTON were denied victory for a second consecutive week by a youngster, this time 17-year-old Joe Stedman-Jones was the thorn in their side against Granta II at the Clare College ground on Saturday.

Losing the toss and being invited to bat they lost Peter Moor early on and skipper Lawrence Farnum joined Antonnel Atwell. They batted patiently against their young hosts’ attack for the next 20 overs and then gradually increased the tempo and at the departure of Atwell for a well constructed 60 the score had advanced to 144-2.

Farnum went on to complete his best innings of this season smashing 18 fours in a superb 135*. This enabled the visitors to declare after only 41.3 overs on 238-4. Granta’s best bowler was Joe Upton with 3-77.

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By claiming an extra six overs Foxton were hopeful of dismissing their hosts. From early on it became apparent that Granta’s intention was the draw. Watchful knocks by Seb Hammersley (25), David Norman (30) and Robert Nightingale (32) went part of the way to achieving their aim but they still looked in danger at 111-7 with 15 overs remaining.

Enter Stedman-Jones, and showing great maturity he carried his bat and pushed his side to safety with a chanceless 31*. Foxton surrounded the bat for the last few overs but were unable to capture the final wicket and Granta escaped on 161-9 after 54 overs.

Foxton’s best bowler was the consistent Tom Stone with 13-5-28-3.

Next week Foxton are away to newly-promoted Ickwell.

The second XI went down to Ashdon by eight wickets. Foxton II 195-8 (40 overs), Ashdon 196-2. Next week they entertain Helions Bumpstead.

Meanwhile a weakened first XI bowed out of the Persimmon Village Cup area semi-final with 15-run defeat at Kimbolton on Sunday.