Recalled Huxley urged to shine for county on his home ground

Shropshire have recalled Oswestry's in-form batsman Alex Huxley for their penultimate Minor Counties Championship clash of the season.

Huxley has been rewarded for a string of bright performances which have helped Oswestry move to the top of the Birmingham League third division.

Shropshire captain Ed Foster has urged Huxley to make the most of being in familiar surroundings after his selection for the three-day match against Wales at Oswestry's Morda Road ground which gets under way on Sunday.

Foster said: “Alex is an Oswestry boy and he deserves his chance given how well he's been playing for his club this season.

“He's not played for Shropshire for a while but we always keep an eye on how the Shropshire clubs are doing and Alex has been a key part of Oswestry's success.
“He used to open but has now dropped into the middle order and he's scored a lot of runs to put himself back in the frame.
“He'll bat at No 3 for us and hopefully he can do well.”

Foster admitted Shropshire's realistic chances of pushing for championship glory are now over following last week's defeat against Dorset at Bournemouth.
But he was quick to stress the need for the county to end the campaign strongly with the Wales clash followed by another home match against Devon at Whitchurch later this month.

 Realistically

“We're mindful of having to end strongly as that's something we've not done in the last few seasons,” said Foster.

“It was disappointing that we couldn't quite hold out for a draw at Dorset as that would still have given us a chance of catching leaders Cornwall.
“It's still mathematically possible to catch them but realistically our chances of winning the title have now gone.”

Foster added he was also keen to see Shropshire extend their impressive record at Oswestry, insisting it was a ground where the county always enjoy performing.
He said: “Shropshire committee members often remind me that Oswestry is a ground where we usually do fairly well.

“We've got a good record there and hopefully that's something we can continue against a Wales side who have not had a great season and are often affected by Glamorgan second team call ups.”

The first ball will be bowled at 11am on Sunday and admission on each of the three days at Morda Road will be free.
Shropshire team: Ed Foster (Shrewsbury), Richard Oliver (Reigate Priory), Alex Huxley (Oswestry), James Ralph (Bridgnorth), Rob Foster (Shrewsbury), Jono Whitney (Bridgnorth), Anthony Parker (Shifnal), Jack Edwards (Shifnal), Mark Downes (Newport), Chris Whelan (Liverpool), Elliot Green (Shrewsbury).

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