Seaton under perform with ball as they are edged out by visiting Shobrooke Park

PUBLISHED: 16:02 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:02 22 May 2018

Seaton Cricket Club's ground before the first game of the 2018 Tolchards Devon League season

Seaton Cricket Club's ground before the first game of the 2018 Tolchards Devon League season

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Seaton suffered a first defeat of the Tolchards Devon League B Division season when beaten by visiting Shobrooke Park in a close encounter.

A disappointed skipper, Ben Morgan, said: “Having won the toss, with the sun shining, the pitch looked pretty good, so it was an easy choice to bat first.

“The problem was that a number of lads got in, but were unable, for whatever reason, to go on and turn a start into a big score. After losing the early wicket we recovered well, thanks to Joel [Seaward] and Matt [Hewer], but losing three wickets for just 13 mid-innings didn’t help. It left us having to rebuild and because of that I was pleased we got as far as we did with the 193 – and much of that was down to a splendid eighth wicket partnership between Elliot [Driver] and Ben [Libby].”

He continued: “We also did not help ourselves in the field with no fewer than five catches being put down – to be fair, none of the five were straightforward, but sometimes they stick!

“We needed to get the sixth wicket quickly after bagging the fifth and, had we done that, it would have made the finish very interesting. That said, on the whole, we did not bowl or field as well as we can and so have only ourselves to blame for the defeat.”

After winning the toss and batting first, captain Morgan saw the opening partnership ended with just six runs on the board when Ed Hunt was dismissed, trapped leg before for two.

Joel Seward joined Matt Hewer and they took the total to 79 before Seward was stumped for a 58-ball five boundary 33. Disaster struck Seaton as next man in, skipper Morgan, was run out without a run being added and suddenly the home total was 92-4. Stephen Pritchard fell next, caught after facing 49 deliveries for his contribution of 24 and it was soon 149-6 following the loss of Alex Paget for nine. One more home wicket was lost, that of Robbie Prior, but not before he had slammed one six and struck a couple of fours in a 41-ball knock of 35 and Eliot Driver and Ben Libby put on an enterprising 38 for the unbroken eighth wicket as the Seaton innings closed on 193-7 after 45 overs.

The Shobrooke Park reply got off to a good start with the opening pair taking the score to 70 before Robbie Prior made the breakthrough, aided by a Stephen Pritchard catch. Three runs later Joe Berry hit the stumps to leave the visitors two down and they lost a third wicket with the score on 108 courtesy of a leg before decision in favour of Seaton captain Morgan. Just nine runs were added before the home side struck again with Morgan bagging his second wicket thanks to a catch held by Kersley Sutton. That sparked renewed hope for the home faithful, but the Mid Devon side’s sixth wicket added a crucial 38 before being broken by a caught and bowled by Joel Seward. However, that proved to be as good as it got for the hosts as the visitors crossed the winning line with one ball remaining of the 42nd over of the match.

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