Anthony Axford Bolton Association: Foster gunning for elusive century
ADLINGTON professional Tom Foster is happy with his form with the bat this season but still wants the century that has so far eluded him.
Now in his second season as the club pro, the 20-year-old is listed high in the Bolton Association batting averages with 347 runs this campaign and a high score of 62 not out.
But as he prepares to take on Edgworth tomorrow, the Chorley youngster admits it rankles with him he has not taken the half-centuries he has scored to three figures – something he achieved in his first senior season at the age of just 12.
Foster said: “I have not batted as well as I would have liked despite a few fifties.
“I have got a start and not taken it on like I should and it’s frustrating.
“My form is okay on the whole and hopefully I can get that elusive 100 before the season ends because it has been nearly two years since my last one.”
Foster is also well-placed in the bowling averages, ably supported by the consistent Majid Majeed who has surpassed 500 runs and 50 wickets for the 2013 season.
But he knows there is still improvement to come when he gets back to bowling his favoured left-arm medium-fast pace regularly.
A back injury in the first half of last season meant he did not return to bowling until the second half of the campaign and he has continued to operate as a spinner for much of this year.
It has not hampered the form of the Huyton Road men too much, however, as they sit third looking to end in a Lancashire Knockout qualification place.
Adlington went close to the title last season finishing just seven points behind champions Spring View.
And while happy with the current position behind runaway title contenders Atherton and Flixton, Foster believes a better start would have seen them challenging again.
He added: “We came close last year but it was a frustrating start with inconsistent results.
“We are on a good run now though and I think everyone would be satisfied if we can secure a top-four place and a Lancashire Knockout spot because the top two are some way ahead.
“We still have to play Atherton but I think both them and Flixton would need to lose three for us to have a chance.
“We will keep going though and playing fifth-placed Edgworth gives us a chance to increase the gap on them with a win.”
Adlington, who have won five on the bounce since losing to Flixton in early July, may welcome back skipper Chris Mulligan tomorrow after two months sidelined with a back problem.
A home win for Edgworth, who sit 10 points behind, would see them leapfrog their visitors.
Elsewhere, fourth-placed Walshaw visit Blackrod, while Atherton host Astley & Tyldesley and Elton visit Standish ahead of the replay in the Cross Cup final on Sunday at Darcy Lever that sees the league leaders take on the holders.