Foster digs in to keep out KVCC

KIDDERMINSTER were denied outright victory by struggling Shrewsbury but still managed to take the lion’s share of the spoils.

The Chester Road side had to be satisfied with a winning draw against the out-of-form Birmingham League Premier champions.

After recording 175-6 in 32 overs they had Shrewsbury in trouble but were frustrated by Ed Foster, whose 45 not out guided the visitors to 99-9.

Despite that there were plenty of positives on a day affected by the morning’s heavy rain.

KVCC groundsman Chris Longmore saw his hard work pay off as he produced a good, dry wicket that allowed the match to start, despite a delay.

Shrewsbury had won the toss and elected to field before inroads as opening batsman Mark Fisher was bowled for a duck by Sam Griffiths.

KVCC were finding runs hard to come by and, with the score on 39, Griffiths took a good caught and bowled to dismiss Matt Pardoe for 21.

Things improved with a partnership of 90 between Michael Hill and Craig Wood. They batted for just 12 overs before Woodn (53) was caught by Tom Cox. Zac Turley then lasted just six balls before being caught by Foster.

Hill was batting with great confidence and had reached 65 when Griffiths claimed his third wicket with a catch by Anthony Parker.

At 161-5 in the 31st over, more runs were needed, and after Connor Smith was dismissed for two runs, the last two batsmen added 14 valuable runs with Ryan Derrick scoring 13 not out.

Shrewsbury struggled in reply and lost their first two wickets for only nine runs.

Steve Leach was caught by ‘keeper Fisher and bowled by Smith for three, then Parker fell to a good catch on the boundary by Turley off the bowling of Williams for one.

With the score at 33, Williams struck twice, dismissing Cox (11) and Rob Foster (0).

Only opener Ed Foster was putting up any real resistance, helping to take the score up to 53 before Patrick Butler (9) was out lbw to Pardoe.

At 58-5, only five runs had been added when Jon Anders was caught by Derrick.

A fightback brought 32 runs, mainly scored by Foster, but Dewi Jones had contributed before being caught by Andrew Siwicki for 17.

At 90-7, Shrewsbury lost two more wickets, but Foster (45 not out) frustrated KVCC.

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