Foxton power to fourth straight win
PATRICK JOSEPH turned in another match-winning performance as he blasted Foxton to their fourth straight league win. The talented West Indian opener also excelled with the ball, with his four wickets restricting Eaton Socon to 196 for 7 off their 48 over
PATRICK JOSEPH turned in another match-winning performance as he blasted Foxton to their fourth straight league win.
The talented West Indian opener also excelled with the ball, with his four wickets restricting Eaton Socon to 196 for 7 off their 48 overs.
The visitors started brightly with Matt Rawling (47) and Jonathon Carpenter (57) setting an early rhythm.
However, when they were bowled by Andrew Gray and Antonnel Atwell respectively, Foxton began to turn the screw.
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Joseph soon had David Humphrey (0) run out, before taking the wicket of Bob Nicklin (5) courtesy of Scott Howes-Doody's catch.
Howes-Doody and Joseph then combined for the wicket of Paul Field (33), with Joseph also seeing off Chris Dickerson (5) and Matthew Childerley (11) following Dennis and Sam Sabey's respective catches.
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Terry Day remained on 22 not out, but with Joseph in rampant mood, Eaton Socon's total looked in danger.
And following his unbeaten 43 last week, Joseph dispatched the Eaton bowlers with ease by smashing 12 4s and four 6s on the way to 112 not out and another century turn.
Opening partner Max Bowen impressed once more with an equally fine 81 not out, and as a result Foxton reached 198 for 0 off 25.4 overs with the hosts romping home to a 10-wicket win.
Foxton coach Matt Gray said: "It was a really good game, and what a super effort by Patrick and Max. They were brilliant and dealt with everything Eaton Socon had to throw at them.
"But we also did very well with the ball, and at one point I thought that they looked set to reach 250. They are very good side and really got off to a flier.
"But we managed to reel them in and then let our attacking cricket take over.
"We're used to this sort of thing from Patrick - when he finds his range he's impossible to play against. But that's the West Indian way of playing. They don't sit around, and want to get as many runs as they can and as quickly as possible.
"We're lucky to have our West Indian contingent, and they've given so much to the club over the years, not just great cricket, but brilliant attitudes.
"But everyone has played their part to get where we have today and I'm very pleased at how things are going.
"A lot of them have been playing together now for a while and you can tell they've gelled. They know each other's games and how to play to their strengths."
Foxton remain top of the Cambs Premier Division 2 and entertain second place Cambridge NCI on Saturday.
"NCI will be a tough side to beat," said Gray.
"But when you have a team full of players capable of reaching centuries, you have to be confident. However, we'll be on our guard against complacency and just aim to continue with what we have been doing.
"After the NCI game we will have faced everyone in our league, and entering the second half of the season, and hopefully still unbeaten, it's really down to us. There is quite a way to go, but we're determined to see it all the way through - and teams have got to come and beat us now."
Gray's side claimed the Hobbs Cup with a six-wicket win over St Ives.
Having seen their opponents total 183 for 9 from their 45 overs, Foxton responded with a brilliant 124 not out from Lawrence Farnum.
Sam Sabey (16), Antonnel Atwell (11) and Ian Cambridge (11 not out) also kept the score moving, with Foxton reaching 184 from 30.2 overs.
Gray said: "It was a very pleasing performance. It's always nice to win a bit of silverware!