League and Cup joy for Foxton at the weekend
Tucker Gardner Division 1
Khalsa 151 (34.1 overs)
Foxton 106-4 (14.4 overs) (Foxton’s revised target 104-8 from 34 overs due to rain)
Foxton won by Duckworth Lewis Method
FOXTON racked up a third-straight victory on Saturday despite a rain-interrupted match against Khalsa.
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Winning the toss and deciding to bat on a firm flat surface Khalsa’s openers Shazad Amir and Mannirvair Singh made steady progress against pacemen Miguel Cumming and the in-form Jeffery Douglas and Singh was well caught at first slip by Douglas off Cumming for 12.
Tariq Aziz then joined Amir and together, aided by some dropped chances from the home side, they pushed the score to 94. Amir (34) then departed well caught by Tyler Deas in the deep off newly introduced spinner Tom Stone.
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Aziz continued to score steadily albeit slower as rain then interrupted play for nearly an hour. Shortly after the resumption, Stone claimed his second wicket and Nick McLellan dismissed the dangerous Aziz for 50. This signalled a batting collapse as Antonnel Atwell and a return spell from Douglas tore into the middle and tail enders. The visitors subsided to 151 all out from 34.1 overs with Douglas clean bowling the last three to finish with (10.1-1-35-3) and Atwell with a good return of (5.1-1-13-3).
Foxton’s target at the start of their innings was 152 from 54 overs and openers Max Bowen (14) returning after a break for exams and Cei Sanderson (12) gave them a solid foundation with a 20 stand. Further breaks for rain forced a recalculation and this resulted in Foxton now requiring 104-8 from 34 overs.
Another stylish knock from Peter Moor with 39* aided by Atwell with 16 and Adam Webster (15*) saw Foxton ease home with 106-4 using only 14.4 overs.
Meanwhile the second XI also won at Dullingham by five wickets.
Next week the first XI face a tough challenge as they visit second placed Camden while the second XI entertain Chesterfords.
Persimmon Village Cup
Cambs/Norfolk Area Final
Foxton 324-3 (40 overs)
Longstanton Grasshoppers 165 (39.3 overs)
Foxton won by 159 runs
FOXTON made it through to the national rounds of the Persimmon Village Cup after beating an under-strength Longstanton in the area final on Sunday.
Batting first, Foxton openers Antonnel Atwell and Patrick Joseph struggled against Churchley and Blake and indeed Joseph fell cheaply for six. Home skipper Lawrence Farnum then joined Atwell and runs began to flow before the latter was stumped for a carefully played 38 with the score on 116.
The big hitting Jeffery Douglas came in at four and for over an hour with Farnum they despatched the visitors’ young bowlers to all parts of the ground with a wonderful 143 stand. Douglas departed for a sparkling 71 including four sixes, but Farnum carried on with Cei Sanderson (22*) and at the finish of their 40 overs they had amassed 324-3 with Farnum unbowed on a magnificent season’s best 158*.
Longstanton never seriously threatened any kind of chase and Foxton were able to offer some of their younger and less experienced bowlers an outing. This still proved too much for Grasshoppers and they were finally dismissed for 165 from 39.3 overs. Top scorer for them was opener Prior who carried his bat for an unbeaten 86. Foxton’s top bowler was Tyler Deas with 3-25.
Next Sunday Foxton will be at home in the first national round to the winners of the Surrey/Berks group.