Whitchurch skipper Alex Huxley hoping to finally give brother Sam his debut

Published date: 05 July 2017 |
Published by: Sports Reporter
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WHITCHURCH skipper Alex Huxley returns to action this weekend, hoping to give a long-awaited debut to one of his major close-season signings – his younger brother Sam.

Alex is back for the game at St Georges after missing three matches while on honeymoon, with Whitchurch still 29 points clear of second-placed Ludlow at the top of the Shropshire League Premier Division.

And he is hoping to give a first-time call-up to Sam, an all-rounder who bowls off-spin, and a winter signing from Birmingham League side Oswestry.

“Sam broke his wrist just before the start of the season, and it’s turned out to be quite a nasty injury,” said Huxley senior. “It’s taken a lot longer to heal than we thought it would.

“But he seems fully fit now, and we’ll be looking to see how he gets on in the nets this week. If he’s okay, he’ll play.”

Whitchurch bounced back to winning ways on Saturday, after suffering their first defeat of the season against Ludlow seven days earlier, with a comfortable 74-run victory over Newtown at Heath Road.

Whitchurch’s all-out total of 223 was very much a family affair as Elliott Bowen led the way with a fine 57.

Elliott’s brother Dan (11) and their dad Simon (35no) then added a crucial 45 runs for the last wicket to take the score past the 200-mark.

The other major contributors were Kris Ali (38) and Ijaz Yousuf (29).

Dan Bowen and Andy Ince then rattled out the first six Newtown batsmen with just 36 on the board, and a comprehensive home win seemed on the cards.

A run-a-ball 73 by number seven Tom Foulkes threatened to turn the game on its head, but his departure with the score on 143-8 – bowled by Simon Dimelow – swung the game back in the home side’s favour.

Yousuf collected the last two wickets for eights runs, but the outstanding figures once again came from Dan Bowen.

The division’s leading wicket-taker picked up 5-23, taking his league tally for 2017 to 36. Ince finished with 2-5.

Skipper Huxley now sets his sights on St Georges, a team he feels have under-achieved so far this season.

“I thought they would be one of our main challengers for the title, so it’s strange to see them in the bottom half of the table,” said Huxley. “They’ve got a lot of experienced players and I’m sure they’ll give us a tough time on Saturday.”

Huxley feels there is one area in which his team need to improve – and that’s batting for their full quota of overs.

“We were again all out with overs to spare on Saturday and that’s something we’ve got to look at,” he said. “The last four overs or so could produce a very important 20-odd runs.”

Whitchurch will delay their final selection until later in the week, although the unavailable Ijaz Yousuf is definitely missing.

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