Former England ace David Gower watches on as Foxton Granta move one step away from Lord's
Former England captain David Gower watched on as Foxton Granta marched into the semi-final of the Voneus Village Cup with a five-wicket win over Redbourn.
The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame member met both sets of players and gave a short speech as part of a 400-strong crowd that saw Foxton Granta move a step closer to reaching Lord’s.
Redbourn won the toss and batted first, but three wicket hauls from Ravi Mahendra (three for 33) and Raj Singh (three for 35) helped the hosts bowl out their opponents for 186.
Foxton Granta kept the scoreboard ticking over in their chase, and Johnny Atkinson led the way
Captain Lewys Hill knocked the winning runs as Foxton Granta progressed with 188 for 5.
Gower, a Voneus Village Cup ambassador, said: “It was a pleasure to visit Foxton for the Voneus Village Cup and I was floored with just how passionate both competing communities are about their village cricket and this was clear with the bumper crowd which turned out for the clash.
“Seeing that passion in person and having the chance to meet both sides is why it is a privilege to be involved with the Voneus Village Cup, as it was clear just how much this game meant to both sides and the supporters.
“I would like to congratulate Foxton Granta on taking one step closer to the memorable occasion that is a final at Lord’s and offer my commiserations to Redbourn and hope that next year it will go even further.”
It was not to be for Foxton Granta in the Whiting & Partners Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Division One on Saturday though as they lost by four wickets to Cambridge St Giles.
Foxton Granta won the toss and elected to bat, but the top order failed to fire. Opener Dougie Rice was the exception with 58 off 47 balls, but they went from 73 for 2 to 79 for 5.
Jake Lawrence made 54 and Connor Cheverall struck 28 to add some sheen to the innings as they were all out for 204. Vansh Bajaj was the pick of the bowlers with three for 24.
An opening stand of 88 between James Gillespie (54) and Zaheer Hussain (42) got St Giles off to a good start in reply.
Siddhant Pande (24) and Aatish Kean Maharaj (74 off 66) then put on 62 for the fourth wicket, and St Giles had plenty in hand to get over the line on 208 for 6 with almost seven overs to spare.