Foxton too strong for Nassington

Tucker Gardner Division 1

Nassington 193 (37.2 o.)

Foxton 264-6dec (40.5 o.)

Foxton won by 71 runs

A POSITIVE performance from Foxton’s top five batsmen helped set up their latest victory away at Nassington on Saturday.

Openers Antonnel Atwell (95) and Gareth Roberts gave them a perfect start with a 157-run partnership before the former was bowled in the 27th over.

Foxton were now intent on a declaration and Jeffery Douglas was pushed up the order at three looking for quick runs. A brisk 29 from him added to a well-crafted 53 from Roots found them on 200-3 after 32 overs.

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Skipper Lawrence Farnum (41) and Peter Moor (26*) added the finishing touches to the innings and the visitors were able to declare at 264-6. Ikhlaq was Nassington’s top bowler with 4-51.

Nassington were soon in trouble against both Andy Gray, making a rare first team appearance, and Douglas who opened the bowling with four successive maidens.

Wickets began to fall with Gray claiming three in four overs. A brilliant deflection on to the stumps from a throw in by wicketkeeper Roots then ran out the home side’s leading batsman Harry Chappell cheaply and Foxton were scenting an early finish with Nassington on 69-6.

Daniel Robinson steadied things with (81*) but it was not enough as Nassington could only reach 193.

Gray finished with the tidy figures of 9-1-21-3 while there were two wickets each for Douglas and Atwell.

Next week Foxton entertain league-leaders March.