Shropshire beat Wales to reignite Minor Counties hopes


Shropshire skipper Ed Foster says they are back in the Minor Counties title hunt with their 44-run win over Wales.

"It was a generous target as Oswestry's a tight ground but we bowled really well," said winning captain Ed Foster.

"Now we just have to go for it in our last game. It's not in our hands, but we're in with a shout."

Shropshire, 10 points behind Wiltshire at the top of the Western Division, play Devon in their final match at Whitchurch (19-21 August).

Wiltshire play Oxfordshire, who themselves have an outside chance of top spot, as do Cornwall - who play Wales.

"It's been a frustrating season, what with the weather," Foster told BBC Radio Shropshire. "And after our last game when we lost to Dorset down in Bournemouth, I really thought on the long drive home that we were out of it.

"But the team spirit is tremendous, and we have a great mix of youth and experience - and if we don't make it this year, I know we have the capability of winning the league in the future."

He also praised Richard Oliver for his first-innings 175, a total that equalled the county's best individual score in the Minor Counties Championship - set by Andy Johnson against Cheshire 18 years ago.