Sunday, August 25, 2013
Exmouth cricket club won the Devon Senior Cup, and in some style too, when they defeated back-to-back winners of the competitions Sidmouth by 95-runs at Plymouth on the final Sunday of August, writes Stephen Birley.
It means that the year 2013 has seen Exmouth teams win the county cup in rugby, football and now cricket!
After the Exmouth RFC Devon Cup win back in May was followed later that month by Exmouth Town lifting the Devon Premier Cup in football, Richard Baggs and his Exmouth team travelled down the A38 Expressway with a large following of supporters and the long trip was made so worthwhile as everyone celebrated a famous victory at stumps.
Exmouth batted first and, led by a stunning century from Sandy Allen, were able to post a very healthy 275-4 in their 40 overs.
Allen thumped 110 from 108 deliveries in a 158-minute stay at the wicket. He hit 14 fours and one six. The best of the supporting acts came from Seb Benton who cracked a 65-ball 80 with four four’s and three sixes. Allen and Benton put on 161 in 194 overs for the third wicket. Benton fell first and shortly after Allen departed, but even then, Chris Metters (11no) and Gary Chappell (19no), the latter from just ten balls with two fours and a six, put on 28 in the final 15 balls of the innings.
Sidmouth’s run chase needed a dramatic start – there most certainly was one, but not the type their travelling faithful had hoped for! Trevor Anning, who had been doubtful for the game after picking up injury playing for Devon, but who had proved his fitness the day before in a crucial Francis Clark Devon League victory, struck twice in his very first over, first knocking over the stumps of Matt Cooke and the very next ball trapping Anthony Griffiths leg before leaving the score six for two after just nine deliveries!
Liam Lewis, a revelation with the bat this season, continued his great form as and he and Devon skipper Josh Bess put on 78 at a run-a-ball rate before Bess was out, caught and bowled for a 51-ball knock of 42 by Gary Chappell with the score then 84.3. Lewis continued his one-man attempt to battle his side back into the contest, but, when he was sixth man out for a 75-ball 80, an innings that included two four’s and seven sixes with the total 143-6 after 26.3 overs, it looked all over for the Fortfield men. Just over five more overs were required for the contest to be over and Sidmouth put out of their misery with Chappell finishing with the splendid figures of 3-13 from 5.5 overs and David Lye chipping in with 4-66 from eight overs as Sidmouth were bowled out for 180 with one ball of the 32nd over remaining.
So Exmouth lifted the Devon Cup for the first time and they can now go on and seal a memorable double – the first in the clubs history, by banking just seven points from their final Francis Clark League game next Saturday which takes them back to Plymouth and a visit to a Cornwood side who themselves need seven points to send Bradninch down.
Ironically one of the Exmouth team, Gary Chappell, left Bradninch during the winter to play for the Maer men, citing a reason for the switch as wanting to win things – he’s come up trumps in season one and could well end up a double winner in a few days time!