Foxton ton heroes pile on the agony
CENTURIES from Patrick Joseph and Lawrence Farnum helped Cambs Tucker Gardner Division 2 leaders Foxton to a comfortable 168-run win against Abington. In reaching his second century of the season, Joseph despatched Abington to all parts of the ground wit
CENTURIES from Patrick Joseph and Lawrence Farnum helped Cambs Tucker Gardner Division 2 leaders Foxton to a comfortable 168-run win against Abington.
In reaching his second century of the season, Joseph despatched Abington to all parts of the ground with 18 fours.
Fellow opener Max Bowen also started brightly, and when he fell on 15 to the bowling of Stuart Duquemin, Farnum entered the fray.
The duo were in complete control as Abington struggled to manage their relentless pursuit of runs.
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Joseph did go eventually, with Duquemin making the difference once more, but his cool 115 did much to set the hosts on the road to victory.
Farnum hit 17 fours and six 6s before Turner bowled him for 157.
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However, Antonnel Atwell hit an unbeaten 32, and saw Foxton to a challenging 324 for 7 off their 48 overs.
Foxton then dismissed Abington for 156 after 44.2 overs, with Atwell's five wickets taking his season's tally to 28.
Joseph and Farnum have now scored more than 1380 runs between them this season.
Foxton coach Matt Gray said: "Their stand of 255 was the highlight and they did really well again.
"Their overall run rate this season is incredible and hopefully it will continue.
"But I thought we also looked very good with the ball and having been without Andy Gray we did very well.
"Antonnel deserved his five wickets, and Sam Sabey came in and did well too.
"The wickets of Will Earl and Stuart Duquemin were the key, because if they had have been around for a bit longer then it might have been different. They're two players who have done very well against us over the years, so it was good to see them off for 7 and 0 respectively. "
On Saturday Foxton start the first of four straight away league fixtures with a trip to basement boys Kimbolton & Catworth - a team they beat by 129 runs at the beginning of May.
They will however, have to be on their guard against the bowling of Martin Moore who took four wickets, which included Joseph and Farnum for just 13 runs.
Gray said: "We must also make sure that we do not slip up, because a couple of defeats could well see us slip down a few places.
"We've now got four away fixtures, and hopefully that won't be a problem. I'm confident that providing that it's a good track that we will perform anywhere.
"On paper we should do well against Kimbolton, but anything can happen. We're in good form and that is the main thing."
JOHN Deed and Calum Huntingdon shared a 128-run partnership and saw Thriplow thirds home to their first win of the season against Babraham thirds.
Put into bat Thriplow's opening pair of Oliver Richer and Deed cruised to 50 off 12 overs, and put on 66 for the first wicket before Richer fell to Morrison for a tidy 27.
Deed was then joined by Huntington and the duo quickly propelled Thriplow to 194 at the close, with Deed finishing on a brilliant 94 not out, with Huntington rounding off on 23 not out.
In reply the Thriplow bowling duo of Max Baron and Oliver Richer proceeded to frustrate the Babraham batsmen and aided by some excellent fielding, they took four wickets between them off 20 overs for 49 runs.
Only Iwanho threatened to break free with a hard-hitting 36, but Tom Care came in proceeded to take three more wickets from his seven overs for 15 runs.
Simon Hays and Huntingdon made sure of the long-awaited victory as their intelligent play left the visitors all out for 101.