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Rakshith Rao in top form as Foxton beat Histon in the National Village Cup




Rakshith Rao was in top form for Foxton against Histon. Picture: Keith Heppell
Rakshith Rao was in top form for Foxton against Histon. Picture: Keith Heppell

Rakshith Rao tore through the Histon middle and lower order to seal Foxton a 101-run win in the National Village Cup, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk round four.

Foxton won the toss and elected to bat first, posting a sizeable score.

There were some promising partnerships throughout the innings, with Lenon Lawrence (46) and Harry Hopwood (67) putting on 125 for the first wicket, and then David Fagan (45) and Adam Webster (72) staged 99 for the third wicket to help Foxton amass 298 for 5 at the end of their 40 overs. Matthew Childs took three for 43 for Histon.

In reply, James Wilson (44) and Ben Leach (51) steadied the ship after Histon had lost their first wicket without scoring. They got the score along to 93 for 2, but it was not long before Rao was brought into the fray.

He dismissed batsmen Nos 5 to 10, with four of the five through catches by team-mates, to finish with figure of five for 38 off six overs. Histon were all out for 197.

Openers Nick Taylor and Dougie Rice spearheaded the run chase for Cambridge as they earned a four-wicket win at Swardeston in the ECB National Club Championship, Group 13 second round match.

Visitors Swardeston won the toss and went in to bat first, but they wobbled at 41 for 3.

However, Peter Lambert was the lynchpin of their innings with 78 as they made 209 for 9 at the end of their innings.

Cambridge shared around the innings, with Henry Campbell, Zaman Akhter, Peter Richer and Zaheer Hussain taking two wickets apiece.

Taylor (59) and Rice (75 off 79 balls) made a 148-run stand for the first wicket, but then the wickets started to fall and Cambridge were down to 189 for 5. However, Richer’s 26 was invaluable as the hosts got to 210 for 6.



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