Axemen well beaten at Thorverton

PUBLISHED: 16:09 08 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:09 08 July 2015

Cricket. A view from the score box

Cricket. A view from the score box

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Axminster came a cropper when they travelled to Thorverton for their latest Tolchards League A Division game.

The Axemen were put in on what looked a very green surface with damp patches areas after heavy overnight rain in Mid Devon.

However, as bowler friendly as the conditions were the Axminster batsmen were, in general, masters of their own downfall as skipper Paul Miller alluded to saying: “We did not bat well. You can put a case forward for the conditions, it certainly was bowler friendly after that rain the night before, but some of the shots we opted to play were poor and we paid the price.”

The Axminster offering of 143 was propped up by a gritty 49 from skipper Miller and a knock of 28 from Matt Pyle.

Thorverton eased to a ten wicket win and the Axminster bowling was akin to their batting according to a disappointed Miller who said: “On the day Thorverton bowled and batted so much better than we did. Whereas we got the basics wrong, they put the balls in the right areas and, with their batting, they waited for the bad ball and clinically despatched it. No complaints from me as we were below-par and well beaten by a better team on the day.”

The defeat means that Axminster slip to the bottom of the table with their 91 points leaving them now ten from safety and third bottom Thorverton who had begun the day as the basement dwellers.

Next up a home game with South Devon who sit sixth, 25 points better off than Miller’s men. The Axminster skipper recognises the importance of not losing saying: “As the games begin to countdown we can ill afford to get cast adrift. Hopefully we’ll deliver the sort of team performance I know we are capable of.”

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