Ed Foster

Shrewsbury take Club title

The 2011 ECB National Club Championship Final was a fantastic advert for club cricket, with Shrewsbury beating Cambridge Granta in the final over, Shrewsbury captain Ed Foster scoring an unbeaten 98 to guide his team to victory.

Losing the toss and put in to bat at the County Ground in Derby, Granta made a solid 220 for eight from their 45 overs, with Alex Fullarton leading the scoring with 87 not out from 114 balls.

Craig Park was the mainstay of a third wicket stand of 65 with Fullarton, cracking 45 of them from just 31 balls, including five fours and one six; but two wickets apiece from Mike Barnard, Rob Foster and Elliot Green kept the Cambridge total in check.

It was Shrewsbury skipper Foster that was to play the master innings of the day though, carrying his bat and finishing two short of a century to steer his side over the winning line with two balls of the match to spare; Rob Foster’s 39, 26 from Joe Leach and 23 from Tom Cox helping Salop to a famous three-wicket triumph.

The victorious Shrewsbury CC side that defeated Cambridge Granta in the 2011 ECB National Club Championship Final

Shrewsbury are ECB National Knockout Champions 2011

Shrewsbury Cricket Club are celebrating their second triumph in the ECB National Knockout, after defeating Cambridge Granta at Derbyshire’s County Ground yesterday.

Salop secured a thrilling three-wicket victory with just two balls to spare in the 45 overs per side encounter.

Captain Ed Foster hit the winning runs, carrying his bat for an unbeaten 98 as Shrewsbury successfully chased down 221.

The game hung on a knife edge at start of the last over, with Salop having just lost two quick wickets inside the previous two overs, Cambridge appeared to be favourites. But Fozzy playing the ultimate captains innings showed complete composure to take Salop to their target.

The story of the day;
– Weather in derby is nice after early rain. Salop won the toss and elected to field.
– After 5 overs Cambridge Granta are 22-1. Joe leach bowled rice for 10
– After 10 overs Cambridge are 41-1
– Cambridge are 51-1 after 15 overs
– After 20 overs Cambridge are 73-1
– After 30 overs Cambridge are 112-2
– After 40 overs Cambridge are 181-4
– Cambridge are 208-6 off 43
– Cambridge finished on 220-8 from their 45 overs
– Salop 54-2 off 15 overs
– Salop 104-2 off 24. Ed foster 52no and Joe leach 23no
– Salop 143-3 off 32
– Salop 172-4 off 37. They require 49 off 8
– Salop 192-3 off 40. We require 29 off 5 overs…. Cmon the mighty salop boys…..
– Salop need 11 off 10 balls
– Salop 210-6 off 44.3
– Salop won the national knockout by 3 wickets with 2 balls left!!!