Foxhole edged out in season opener

Foxhole edged out in season opener

Foxhole batsman Matt Chadwick in action for his side in their Cornwall Cricket return at Pencarrow.

By Gareth Davies

5th May 2021

Foxhole made their long awaited return to competitive Cornwall Cricket League action with a narrow 14 run defeat at Pencarrow on Saturday.

The Clay Country side last stepped out onto a cricket field as a competitive outfit in 2013, but after lockdown inspired the club to start again, they have taken their place in Division Five East of the Cornwall Cricket league set-up for the 2021 campaign.

They made the short trip east to Pencarrow with the home side winning the toss and opting to bat first.

In a brilliant fielding display, Foxhole restricted the home side to just 119 all out with only skipper Oliver Sleeman (36) and Simon Patterson (35) reaching double figures.
Jack Oulton led the Foxhole bowling display with three wickets. There were two each for skipper Aydan Rundle, Jake Couch and Charles Cole with one run-out.

In reply, Foxhole started well and eased passed the half-century mark with Matthew Chadwick (pictured above) and Jack Spry looking like they would knock the runs off with ease.

However, when the opening pair both fell, this sparked a batting collapse with Pencarrow rolling Foxhole over for just 105 to claim what at one point had seemed to be an unlikely victory.

Knowing that his side had snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, Foxhole captain Rundle was philosophical when reflecting on the opening day defeat.

“It was pleasing to finally be back out on the pitch after all this time,” Rundle told the Voice. “It was also pleasing that our bowling and fielding was really good because in our friendly loss against St Stephen before the Pencarrow game, that hadn’t been very good.

“The boys bowled really well at Pencarrow and fielded superbly. It was the batting that let us down and it was just one of those days really. You think you have got a really good chance chasing 120, but we were all out for 105 - I don’t think anyone has any answers for a result like that.

“It was gutting and frustrating to lose, but everything is coming together as it was the first time I had ever captained a side in a competitive game.

“The players know that the shot selection could have been better and that is because we weren’t really game ready and hadn’t played for a long time.

“We were chasing 120 in 40 overs so we don’t need to hit every ball for six. Poor shot choices cost us but we will learn and move on from this and be better for it.”