Axminster skipper Miller leads by example with ton in team’s first win of the season

PUBLISHED: 10:16 31 May 2012

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Axminster struck the result of the day with a 65 run win at home to Chudleigh.

It was a first success of the season for Paul Miller’s team and the Axminster skipper led from the front with an unbeaten century, bringing up his ton with a single off the penultimate ball of his side’s innings, one that ended on 245-8. Tristan Wakeley chipped in with a half century and there was also a half century of extra’s contributed by the visitors!

Matthew Pyle and Ben Libby then both claimed four wicket hauls and there were some fine catches, the pick of them a skier held by Robbie Prior as the visitors were bowled out for 180 leaving the Cloakham Lawn men handsome winners.

A delighted Miller said: “It was a very good all-round effort and I’d have to say there was a one hundred per cent improvement in the bowling and fielding department than the previous match. That’s the level we need to try and match with regular consistency now.”

The 20 point haul lifts Axminster to third bottom and they travel to face fourth placed Barnstaple & Pilton on Saturday. Barum are 29 points better off than Miller’s men and so a repeat of the Chudleigh effort and the Axe men will, be upwardly mobile in the B Division table.

There was also success for the Axminster III team who were six wicket winners at Exmouth III where they bowled the hosts out for 145 with colt Matthew Chenery taking three wickets. Colin Ledbetter then hit a half century to see Axminster to victory. On Saturday the third XI host Upottery II.


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