Axminster IIs lose despite Pile’s efforts

PUBLISHED: 12:19 05 August 2010

Seaton 2nd's v Axminster 4th's.Batting for Seaton is Dave Turner.; Picture by Terry Ife Ref mhsp 9649-31-10TI

Seaton 2nd's v Axminster 4th's.Batting for Seaton is Dave Turner.; Picture by Terry Ife Ref mhsp 9649-31-10TI

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Despite Matthew Pile hitting 77 and then bagging a brace of wickets, Axminster II went down by five wickets at Yelverton II.

DESPITE Matthew Pile hitting 77 and then bagging a brace of wickets, Axminster II went down by five wickets at Yelverton II.

Pile dominated the Axminster innings to such a degree that the next best were the contributions of 18 from both Nick Jones and Tom Maxwell. The home side were in trouble at 62-5 thanks to the efforts of Pile and Maxwell, who both bagged a brace of wickets, but the sixth wicket pair then carried the home side to victory.

Ottery St Mary II claimed a sixth success of the season with a six wicket win at Countess Wear, where they bowled the hosts out for 192 and knocked them off, thanks to an unbeaten 69 from Rob Crabbe and a fine knock of 70 from Keith Biggs. When the sides met at Ottery at the end of May, it was Countess Wear who scraped home by two wickets, but this was a much more convincing away win! Crabbe claimed 4-60 when the hosts batted and teamed up with Biggs to see the side safely past the winning line. With four to play, promotion is beyond the Otters, but so is any threat of the drop and so it looks set to be a very respectable C Division campaign for the side.

Uplyme II sprang something of a surprise as they claimed only their second win of the season, beating visiting Barnstaple by 96 runs after posting a total of 184-4 and then bundling Barum out for 98. Uplyme remain bottom of the C Division and, with only 80 points to play for, look doomed, sitting 37 short of safety.

Axminster III had useful knocks from Steve Wakeley (48), Ian Barwick (46), Mike Summers (44) and skipper Mark Enticott (24) in a total of 234-8. Exmouth III answered that with 214-9, with Wakeley completing a fine al-round effort with 4-52.

Whimple II were beaten by 82 runs at home by Tiverton & Bickleigh, who scored 253-6 and then bowled the hosts out for 171.

Honiton II brushed aside hosts Kilmington II, beating them by 99 runs. George Meadows struck an unbeaten century as Honiton closed on 179-8. Ralph Cook claimed 3-30 for the hosts and the Richard Hill took 4-25 as Kilmington were bundled out for 80, with only Luke Baker with 27, making much of an impression.

Feniton II won a high scoring encounter against Exeter III by 28 runs. Batting first, the Acland Park outfit were treated to a wonderful sight of the Devine father and son combination providing the top two scores with son, Toby striking a magnificent 151. Dad Sean chipped in with 34 and the home innings closed on 288-7. On another peach of an Acland Park wicket, the visitors made a great fist of the run chase, being just 28 runs short, when they lost their final wicket. Danny Lewis took 4-82 and skipper Francis Pyle weighed in with 3-43.


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