Foster triumphant with Vancouver Knights


Essex wicket-keeper batsman James Foster captured the 2018 Global T20 Canada title on Sunday as his Vancouver Knights beat West Indies B by seven wickets.

Foster joined up with the Canadian side as their Assistant Coach last month after being granted permission by Essex to take up the role and further his coaching experience and knowledge. He has been supporting the Knights’ Head Coach, Donovan Miller, who is also part of the Essex Cricket coaching team, and the pair have helped guide their side to a win in the inaugral competition.

The 38-year-old had already spent time coaching in the Bangladesh Premier League with the Khulna Titans and with both Andy Flower and Paul Farbrace within the England set-up.

Last night at the Maple Leaf North-West Ground, his side restricted West Indies B to just 145 runs and reached their target of 146 with 2.3 overs to spare.

Knights won the toss and opted to bowl, quickly reducing West Indies B to 53 for 5. A 34-run stand for the sixth wicket between Kavem Hodge and Anthony Bramble steadied the ship, but once Fawad Ahmed struck in quick succession it wasn’t long before they were all out for 145.


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Knights didn’t have a great start and found themselves 22 for 3, which included the wicket of Chris Gayle. However, Saad Bin Zafar and Rassie van der Dussen combined for an undefeated 126-run partnership which ensured it was Vancouver who became the first winners of the Global T20 Canada.