Ed barnard

Safety still priority as Ed Barnard returns

By Stuart Dunn at the Shrewsbury Chronicle

Shrewsbury captain Rob Foster wants his side to make mathematically certain of their place in next season’s Birmingham Cricket League premier division with victory at Knowle & Dorridge on Saturday.

While Shrewsbury sit sixth in the table and in no immediate danger of being dragged into a fight for survival, Foster’s main aim for several weeks now has been putting enough points on the board to be definitely safe.

Last weekend’s home win over Kidderminster, with Tom Cox cracking a fine 94, was followed by a wash out at title hopefuls Barnt Green on Monday so Shrewsbury sit 51 points clear of the bottom two with just three games to play.

Now Foster wants his team to maintain their improved form in the second half of the season against a side which beat them comfortably at London Road by 118 runs in June.

“Another win will confirm it,” said Foster. “We’ve definitely played a lot better in the second half, but it’s been a strange sort of season with the weather and there’s not really been any continuity.

“We owe Knowle & Dorridge one as they stuffed us out of sight by more than 100 runs at home earlier in the season.”

Shrewsbury will be without unavailable opening batsman Steve Leach while his brother Joe, who made a welcome return to club duty last weekend, is expected to be ruled out by Worcestershire commitments as the Pears begin a four-day Championship game at Derbyshire on Sunday.

But on a brighter note, England under-19 all-rounder Ed Barnard, fresh from playing in the one-day series against South Africa, is set to feature.

Meanwhile, it’s President’s Day at London Road on Sunday with John Foster, the Shrewsbury president, looking forward to welcoming a host of familiar faces.

Invited guests will include the club’s two National Club Championship winning teams together with other former players, sponsors and honorary members.

“I hope it will be a sunny day for us all to enjoy,” said the president. “The day will form a cricket festival and a hog roast so the festival will give players a chance to enjoy themselves in the company of as as many members and friends of the club as possible.”

Two Twenty20 matches will be played, the first at noon involving senior Shropshire cricketers, and, after afternoon tea, there will be a match involving current Shrewsbury players and some guests.

The hog roast will take place at 5.30pm with the day concluding with the presentations of man of the match awards at 6.30pm.
Shrewsbury (v Knowle & Dorridge): E Foster, T Cox, E Barnard, R Foster, A Blofield, P Butler, S Barnard, D Jones, E Green, M Barnard, S Griffiths.

Shrewsbury Cricket Club

President’s Day Cricket Festival and Hog Roast 2014

After a summer heat wave (except at weekends!) I hope the good weather will continue at least until Sunday 31 August and provide a sunny day for us all to enjoy at the Cricket Club. This year performances on the pitch have been a little mixed so the Festival will give players a chance to enjoy themselves in the company of as many members and friends of the Club as possible.

Once again there will be two 20/20 matches, the first involving Shropshire’s senior cricketers as they battle to show that whilst you can’t stop growing old at least you can enjoy a game of cricket! The main event will see two sides from the Club (including some guests) facing each other. Invited guests will include the two National Club Championship teams together with other players, Sponsors and Honorary Members.

The Club have managed to secure some funding to develop a fantastic new net practice facility – these nets should be available for first use a few weeks after President’s Day so make a note in your diary, come down and join us on the day, to see the progress of the new nets and enjoy the company of the members and friends of Shrewsbury Cricket Club!

• 12 noon – Shropshire Seniors 20/20
• 2.30pm – 3.30pm afternoon teas
• 3.00pm – Shrewsbury CC 20/20
• 5.30pm – Hog roast
• 6.30pm – Presentation: Man of the Match awards, raffle

I look forward to seeing you!
With kind regards,

John Foster