Joseph hits 82 - but Foxton are held

PUBLISHED: 11:08 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:47 11 May 2010

RICKY SYKES: Two wickets for Bassingbourn

RICKY SYKES: Two wickets for Bassingbourn

FOXTON remain top of the Cambridgeshire Premier Division Two following a draw with Fordham on Saturday. They raced to a respectable 231 for 8 off their 48 overs, with openers Patrick Joseph (82) and Max Bowen (59) setting the early standards. Laurence F

FOXTON remain top of the Cambridgeshire Premier Division Two following a draw with Fordham on Saturday.

They raced to a respectable 231 for 8 off their 48 overs, with openers Patrick Joseph (82) and Max Bowen (59) setting the early standards.

Laurence Farnum (24), Antonnel Atwell (20), Paul Dean (18) and Ian Cambridge (20) also played their part as the home side totalled another challenging score.

However, the visitors started brightly with openers Gavin Harding (58) and Mark Silcock (14) soon gathering momentum for Fordham.

In a hard-working batting performance Ian Baldwin (22), Mark Abbott (4), Craig Theobald (6) and Neil Clark (9 not out) held off Foxton bowlers Bowen, Atwell, Joseph and Andrew Gray to finish their 48 overs on 128 for 6.

Bowen was the pick of the Foxton bowlers with 4 for 48 off 14.

FOXTON seconds' good start to the season continued on Saturday with Bassingbourn the latest team to be sent packing.

Foxton were put into bat by the hosts, and it was Bassingbourn who made the better start with young opening bowlers Cameron Taylor (5-24) and Ricky Sykes (2-17) pegging the visitors back, with Foxton on 15 for 3 from their first 10 overs.

However, Foxton pulled themselves back into contention thanks to Tyler Deas (41) and Andy Kimsey (30), with the visitors on 86 for 4 following Kimsey's dismissal.

Once Deas was seen off, it was left to young Archie Lenton (24), who steered Foxton to a competitive 155 all out, just shy of their 40 overs.

The Bassingbourn reply was slow, and they quickly found themselves behind in the required run rate, following some tidy bowling from Tom Williams and Lenton.

However, it was captain Ben Howlett and Tim Lee who did the major damage, sharing seven wickets in an impressive demonstration of intelligent bowling.

Lee Cooper added two more wickets to dismiss Bassingbourn for 91, as Foxton's position at the top of the Cambs Junior Division 2C secure in place for another week.

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