Edward Foster guided Shropshire to an easy win over Wales Minor Counties: Minor counties Championship 2011

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Edward Foster guided Shropshire to an easy win over Wales Minor Counties: Minor counties Championship 2011
Shropshire defeated Wales Minor Counties by five wickets in a match of the Minor counties Championship 2011, at the Pontarddulais Park in on Tuesday, June 14th. The encounter was a three-day game, but both teams had only one innings each.
The hosts batted first and scored 232 runs for the loss of seven wickets and declared the innings. In reply, Shropshire reached the target comfortably, losing just five wickets. The highlight of the match was a sensational ton by the visitors’ batsman, Edward
Foster, who is also the skipper of his side.
Shropshire’s captain decided to field first after winning the toss. The conditions were ideal for batting, but there was some assistance for the bowlers as well. The home team posted a decent target, but failed to defend it in the end.
The start to the Wales’ innings was an ideal one, as their openers, Daniel and Nick James put together 64 runs for the first wicket partnership. They got out after scoring 30 and 57 runs in their respective knocks. failed to make most of the starts they got to their respective innings, as both batsmen were dismissed on 19 runs each.
Middle-order batsmen, Aneurin Norman and Andrew Salter looked solid at the crease, but were unable to make a big impression. They also failed to capitalise on the start they got and were sent back to the pavilion after adding 21 and 33 runs to the total.
The only other wicket to fall in the home team’s innings was that of their captain,, who scored a quick fore 25 off just 20 deliveries. He decided to declare the innings on 232 for seven, but the decision proved to be a wrong one in the end,
as the Shropshire batsmen didn’t find it hard to chase. did a tremendous job for the visitors picking up four wickets in the innings.
Shropshire were given a decent start by their openers, Foster and, who scored a first ball duck.
The visitors’ looked in trouble with two wickets down for 44 runs, but Foster led from the front, scoring a brilliant 100 runs off 99 balls with the help of 14 fours and one massive six.
An unbeaten 30 from lower-order batsman,, guided the team to a comfortable five-wicket victory.
Salter did a good job with the ball, picking up a couple of wickets, but his effort went in vain in the end.



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