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Last pair take Highgate over the line in nail-biting victory over Barnes

14:58 21 July 2014

Ed Foster of Highgate appeals for an LBW. Pic: Max Flego

Ed Foster of Highgate appeals for an LBW. Pic: Max Flego

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Last pair Edward Foster and Jack Peck edged Highgate over the line for a nail-biting victory over Barnes that lifted them back into third place in Division Three of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Highgate were still 14 runs short of their target when the eighth wicket fell – effectively nine down, with skipper Jake Sharland retiring hurt due to injury.

But Foster and Peck – who had both earlier shone with the ball as Barnes were restricted to 163 all out – kept their nerve and eased their side to the win.

Sharland won the toss and put the visitors in, a decision that was quickly rewarded as Peck (5-35) had Chris Chambers (6) caught behind and Ian Swallow (1-24) bowled Vikash Mohan (5).

That left Barnes wobbling at 25-2, but a partnership of 88 between Ed Humphreys (44) and James Drake-Brockman (43) appeared to have tilted the momentum in their favour.

William Russell (1-30) made the breakthrough, taking a catch off his own bowling to remove Humphreys and Foster (3-27) then got in on the act by bowling Drake-Brockman.

Tom Harwood (19) and Alex Scott (12) carried their side along to 142-4, but the middle and lower order were blown away as the last six wickets yielded just 21 runs.

While Foster kept the runs down, Peck plundered the Barnes batting, dismissing Harwood and Jared Schmidt in successive deliveries and finishing off the innings in the 48th over by bowling Andrew McNeill (8) and restricting the visitors to a total of 163.

When Highgate replied, Sharland made just five before he chopped a ball onto his knee and had to limp off, while opening partner Chris Arul (15) fell to McNeill at 28-1.

Ed Binns tucked into the Barnes bowling, striking eight fours and four sixes in his innings of 67 as he and Russell (18) added 90 for the second wicket.

However, the home side suffered a mini-collapse as they lost four wickets for just two runs, with Russell edging Scott (3-43) behind before Mohan (4-38) removed Ben Sudell (0).

Binns and Johan de Silva fell to Mohan in successive deliveries and, when Craig Gourlay (0) became the bowler’s fourth victim, Highgate were in real trouble at 126-6.

Scott turned the screw further with the wickets of Freddie Barrass (2) and Swallow (0), but Foster took a positive approach by unleashing a string of boundaries.

With the support of Peck (6 not out), Foster finished with an unbeaten 26 from 14 balls as he steered Highgate to victory at166-8 in the 38th over.

“Jack bowled excellently and his pace is quite an asset to us,” said Foster of his team-mate. “It’s another good win for us which keeps us in the promotion hunt.”

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