Axminster bag another win and promoiton becomes a very real propsect

Photo by Terry Ife. Ref shsp 4856-20-14TI

Photo by Terry Ife. Ref shsp 4856-20-14TI - Credit: Archant

Axminster continued their superb recent form as they registered win number six of the B Division season, claiming a single wicket success at Barnstaple and Pilton.

Barum batted first and closed on 207-8. The pick of the Axminster bowlers was Dave Field who picked up four wickets for 54 runs whilst Gary Larcombe bagged a brace for 32 runs.

The successful run chase was led by a splendid knock of 62 by Michael Wakeley whilst the best of the rest came from the bat of the in-form Joel Seward who struck a sweet 66. David Murnane chipped in with 31, but the heroes at the end were last pair who edged the Axemen over the winning line.

Whisper it quietly, but a campaign that began with a target of humble mid-table security could actually end in promotion to the second tier of Francis Clark Devon league cricket!

That particular scenario might have seem highly unlikely a month ago, but a run of victories has pushed Tristan Wakeley’s side to within21 points of second placed Thorverton.

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On Saturday they are again on their travels and once more driving up the North Devon Link Road to third placed Bideford.

A seventh win of the campaign would cement Axminster place amongst the promotion contenders.

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After the second successive North Devon trip the Axemen will meet third bottom Braunton at Cloakham Lawns, then they travel to fourth placed Ivybridge before a final away game, at all-but-relegated, basement side Stoke Gabriel on August 23 and they bring the curtain down on what may yet prove to be a glorious campaign with an August 30, Cloakham Lawn meeting with the side who currently sit above them, Plymstock.

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