All round Rose leads Feniton victory

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 23:28 15 June 2010

Phil hope bowls for Whimple

Phil hope bowls for Whimple

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THE 2009 Francis Clark Devon cricket league got under way in glorious weather conditions.

THE 2009 Francis Clark Devon cricket league got under way in glorious weather conditions on Saturday although, in many cases, the midweek rain had left a number of wickets most certainly of the 'win the toss, win the game' variety.Andrew Rose is the new skipper at Acland Park as Feniton seek to find a route out of C Division and the new man in charge had an opening day game to remember as he scored runs, took wickets, and led the side to a maximum point haul from a 93 run Acland Park win over Dartington & Totnes.Mark Kingdom hit 68 at the top of the order and Rose chipped in with an unbeaten 48 in a total of 207-9.This proved beyond the visitors who were bowled out for 114 with Rose leading by example with 4-30 and Stuart Bright weighed in with 3-24.Seaton were also handsome opening day winners, although they dropped two points in a seven wicket win at Chagford where the home side scored 225-7 with Ben Copp claiming an opening day 'fivefer' with figures of 5-50. The reply saw a couple of early wickets fall but, once Matt Hewer and Sean Perry got together, there was no further loss and the visitors cruised to a comfortable win. Hewer was unbeaten on 72 at the close, his score bettered by one by Perry.Kilmington, relegated back to D Division at the end of last season, had hoped to get a good start under their belt but they fell to a disappointing five-wicket defeat at the hands of East Devon neighbours Uplyme and Lyme Regis.Under new skipper Tom Gooding, Kilmington were put into bat and could only muster 96 with Ralph Stonex top-scoring with 27 and Ashley Cooke - one of four Cookes in the home side on the day - the next best with 24. Ashley Caddy took 4-39, but the star of the first innings with the ball was Uplyme's Neil Price with figures of 6-24.The visitors did lose half their side in the successful run chase with Ben Noble taking all five wickets for just 29 runs, but Adam Caddy's 25 saw Uplyme to victory. Gooding said: "We struggled to field an XI what with other sporting commitments and people following Exeter City to Rotherham. Let's give them credit though for I thought they bowled very well. A good start is important and I have to be positive and look to erase this from the memory bank with a good second outing effort."If the Kilmington start was disappointing then the one at Ottery St Mary was disastrous, as they slumped to a 107-run defeat at the hands of Hatherleigh. Robert Bradshaw-Smith and Mark Woodman both bowled well, each bagging a brace with a dozen overs apiece but the North Devon side reached maximum batting points for the loss of six wickets and that 203-6 proved far too many for the home side who were bundled out for 96 in 36.1 overs. Bradshaw-Smith top scored with 20 and Barry Flicker chipped in with 18.Honiton made a winning start to their E Division campaign at home to Halberton and Sampford Peverell whom they bowled out for 86, a score they passed for the loss of just three wickets. Phil Tansley (3-18), Rob Ingram (3-23) and Andy Brinsford (2-8) combined to hustle out the Mid Devon side and then, after Ingram had completed a fine opening day effort with a top score of 41, it was skipper Pete Matravers (16no) and Andy Cannaford (11no) who saw Honiton to a comfortable victory.Whimple went down by just two runs in a low-scoring affair at Woodbury. The home side were shot out for 95, thanks to Adam Hawker (4-10), Will Cleal (3-15) and Josh Brigden (3-10), but Whimple then found batting just as difficult, closing on 93.If that was an amazing score line then so was the one at Yarcombe and Stockland where Upottery shot out the home side for just 63 and then promptly scored 59 themselves to lose by four!Simon Durrant top scored with 22 for the home side and the next best was the single six thumped by Steve Loud off the first ball he received. Mark Joyce (4-12) and Stuart Drew (3-9) did the damage with the ball.At 59-6 the reply was just one lusty blow from being an away victory, but the last four wickets all fell at that score to leave the home side winners.Rex Helston, Simon Hovell and Michael Barnes, each took three wickets for Yarcombe and Stockland.THERE was just the one century struck on the opening day of the Devon Cricket League season and that fell to Honiton's 16-year-old Tom Strawbridge who struck 127 adding 197 for the Honiton 2nd XI first wicket in the match against Topsham St James 2nd XI.Young Tom, who attends Honiton Community College, has played Bradleys Youth League cricket since the age of 12 and it is the first time that a youth member of the club has scored a century in a Senior League XI.Strawbridge and Pete Beighton were responsible for the opening partnership and the side went on to declare on 248-6 before then bowling out the hosts for just 39 with Nick Hartnoll claiming 5-11 in 13 overs and there were three wickets also for Richard Hill.Honiton 2nd XI skipper Andrew Lapping said of young Strawbridge's knock: "It is so pleasing that, when a youngster gets given the chance to impress, he not only does so, but manages it with real style. My only problem now is resisting the overtures of the 1st XI for the next game. I'd rather like to see some more of him in our side!"å

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