Foxton set sights on league title

PUBLISHED: 19:49 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:51 11 May 2010

FOXTON look to have booked Tucker Gardner Division 1 status next season with a determined two-wicket win over rivals Khalsa - which sees the club s second successive promotion. It has been another impressive campaign for Matt Gray s talented side, and de

FOXTON look to have booked Tucker Gardner Division 1 status next season with a determined two-wicket win over rivals Khalsa - which sees the club's second successive promotion.

It has been another impressive campaign for Matt Gray's talented side, and despite a recent dip in form, Foxton held their nerve and bounced back with a difficult trip to Khalsa.

The consistent Andy Gray did much for Foxton's promotion bid by taking five wickets.

However, a series of dropped catches saw the hosts reach 158 before they were bowled out.

In reply, Antonnel Atwell was Foxton's main threat with the bat, and his undefeated 30 pushed the league leaders forward and passed their desired target, making 159 for 8 with 14 overs to spare.

Foxton manager Matt Gray said: "It was a very good win for us, and one against a very good cricketing team.

"It was a real battle, and having reduced them to 90 for 6, they got back into it and made 158.

"We started very well, and at 110 for 3 we looked like we would coast it, but they pegged us back with a very testing bowling spell.

"However, we had two match winners in Gray and Atwell, and they did enough to see us home.

"I'm really pleased. Our aim was to get into this league and play regular competitive cricket.

"We had hoped to finish in the top five, so going into the final three games at the top is a fantastic achievement.

"We've had a few weak moments recently, but I think we're back to form and looking forward to seeing the final games through.

"And that starts with Weston Colville on Saturday, which is a side that on its day can pose a lot of problems.

"We then face Eaton Socon and then NCI on the last day of the season - so we've got three very tough games.

"But I'm confident, and with second place Waresley also facing a difficult run-in we do have a bit of breathing space.

"However, we can't afford to be complacent, and with the league trophy within reach, it really is in our own hands.

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