Axminster serve up a woeful show in Ottery defeat
PUBLISHED: 09:11 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:11 17 July 2013
Axminster suffered only their third defeat of the league season when beaten by 40 runs at home by Ottery St Mary.
What made the loss all the more painful was news of a rare defeat for runaway leaders Bideford, beaten by an Ipplepen side that are now just a single point behind Axminster in third place as the C Division promotion race begins to hot up.
The visitors won the toss and opted to bat on a scorching hot day and on a hard wicket that looked full of runs!
The Otters closed on 289-6 with skipper Tristan Wakeley and Joel Seward the most successful, both claiming two wickets each. Fielding in the heat was hard on the home side and a number had to have showers at the tea interval to cool down!
Batting second having spent the best part of there hours in the field was never going to be easy and to get to within 40 runs of the Otters total was a job well done.
Paul Miller (55), Joel Seward (45), Brett Garner (36), Gary Larcombe (32) and Matt Pyle (31), all got in, but sadly no one was able to convert their early promise into what would surely have been a match-winning contribution.
The final wicket fell on 249, consigning Axminster to a third defeat of term.
Skipper Wakeley said: “It really was a case of being a very bad day at the office. You could point to the fact that we were without Robbie Prior, such a key figure in our attack and winning the toss on such a scorcher of a day was akin to winning it in damp conditions. Having to sizzle for three hours in the field was not ideal preparation for batting. However, we collectively batted poorly and didn’t really bowl well either. Put simply, that performance was not good enough and we got out of the game what we deserved; nothing!”
On Saturday Axminster travel to second bottom Yelverton and Wakeley is very clear as to what is required.
He said: “A huge improvement and a return to the sharp cricket we were playing a couple of weeks back. If we are going to see our promotion bid to a successful conclusion then we can ill afford any more slip ups!”
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