Fordham's Promotion Push Suffers Setback

PUBLISHED: 10:06 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:01 04 May 2010

FORDHAM S bid for promotion from the Tucker Gardener Premier League took a hit at the weekend as they lost out by six wickets to Babraham. Sent in to bat on a soggy wicket, Fordham s batsmen struggled to keep control as a spongy wicket made strokeplay a c

FORDHAM'S bid for promotion from the Tucker Gardener Premier League took a hit at the weekend as they lost out by six wickets to Babraham.

Sent in to bat on a soggy wicket, Fordham's batsmen struggled to keep control as a spongy wicket made strokeplay a challenge. A few mistimed shots coupled with sluggish scoring rates meant that the home side were left on 145-8 at the close. Gavin Harding's 30 proving the stand-out performance.

With the pitch starting to improve as Babraham came to the crease, the going was always set to be tough for Fordham's bowlers. A couple of early wickets from Clinton Cornwell gave the home side some hope of victory, but it wasn't to be as the visitors rallied.

Fordham II took a significant step towards promotion with a convincing eight wicket win at Doddington.

Opting to bowl first, Fordham proved too good for their hosts and took regular wickets to dismiss the home side for just 127. Chris Rule took 4-43 with Phil Dean registering 3-16.

Early wickets for Doddington looked to have Fordham in trouble but a sturdy knock of 56* from Ian Baldwin and 53* from Neil Clark rescued the innings and secured a superb win for the visitors.

Fordham III also looked to have secured a promotion place this year after an emphatic nine wicket win over NCI.

Fordham inserted the opposition after winning the toss and bowled the home side for just 114. Carl Houghton's 4-37 stealing the show for the visitors.

Fordham proved equally as comfortable with the bat as openers Chris Foulds (48*) and Ryan Clark (21) ensured the victory at a cost of just one wicket.

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