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Foster shines in Shropshire triumph

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Ed Foster

Ed Foster's unbeaten 95 off 121 balls was central to Shropshire's pursuit of 250 to beat Lincolnshire in the MCCA Trophy final

Ed Foster followed up a century in the semi-final with an unbeaten 95 in the final to help Shropshire lift the MCCA Trophy at the expense of Lincolnshire.

The left-handed opener, who was once on Worcestershire's books, took the plaudits for the second game in succession as Shropshire overhauled a target of 250 with seven wickets in hand and 5.1 overs to spare at the Emirates Durham ICG.

He faced 121 balls and struck seven fours and two sixes in his superbly paced innings, although Joe Leach’s contribution - 67 not out off 81 deliveries - should not be underestimated.

Foster and Leach’s unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 139 in 24.3 overs carried Shropshire home with ample breathing space, with only Brett Houston and Martyn Dobson conceding fewer than five runs an over for Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire were thankful for a late rally with the bat from Liam Andrews and Oliver Burford, who took 77 off the final 10 overs and carried them to a challenging 249 for six.

They finished unbeaten on 52 and 30 respectively, Paul Cook having made 50 at a shade under a run a ball while Dobson chipped in with 33 at the top of the order and Mathew Dowman 35.

Mark Downes was Shropshire’s most potent bowler - he claimed 2-48 from eight overs - but Mike Barnard, with 1-25, and former Yorkshire and Derbyshire off-spinner Andy Gray, who accounted for Dobson in conceding just 29 off 10 overs, played equally important roles in Shropshire’s triumph.