Axmen put Ipplepen to the sword

PUBLISHED: 09:50 01 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:50 01 July 2015

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Axminster marked the halfway point of the Tolchards Devon League season by recording their sweetest success to date as they put one over on high flying Ipplepen at Cloakham Lawns.

The visitors were invited to bat on what looked a bowler friendly surface. However, despite the conditions suiting the bowlers, the Ipplepen batsmen did themselves no favours with a number of them out to rash shots!

Ben Fuzzard got a 1st team shirt after recent useful 2nd XI appearances and he sent down nine superb overs, five of then were maidens and he finished with the commendable figures of 1-11. The main wicket taker was Matt Pile who got four of the Ipplepen batsmen out – but at a price - he shipped 41 of the 66 runs that the visitor managed!

The other home wicket takers were Dave Murnane with three wickets for just six runs and Sam Farrow helped himself to a brace of wickets at a cost of eight runs.

Dave Murnane then hit an unbeaten 26 as Axminster knocked off the required runs in one ball less than nine overs and the whole contest as over by 3.45pm!

What made the result all the more impressive was that Ipplepen were a form side and Axminster had gone into the match missing Gary and Danny Larcombe and Nick Taylor with all three at Glastonbury!

A delighted Axminster skipper Paul Miller said: “It all came good at the same time. The bowlers hit the spot on a regular basis and the fielding was of the highest order. Factor in some pretty average batting shots and you had the recipe for what we got – and early finish! It’s a big win for us as it leaves us just 30 points short of the second placed team and that augers well for an exciting second half of the campaign.”

So what of those returning players from Glastonbury? Miller says: “After a performance like that you’d have to say do they all get back in? It’ll be tough on those that don’t make the 11 for Saturday, but that’s all part of the skippers lot. Tough decisions have to be made for the good of the club as a whole.”

On Saturday, Axminster travel to Thorverton who are the only side to sit below the Cloakham Lawn outfit at then moment. However, in such a tight table, who ever wins in Mid Devon could well find themselves in the top six on Saturday night!

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