Axminster spring big surprise at Chudleigh

PUBLISHED: 22:35 02 June 2015 | UPDATED: 22:35 02 June 2015


Axminster sprang a Tolchards League A Division surprise as they claimed a first win of the season and also consigned previously unbeaten Chudleigh to their first defeat – and on their own turf too.

In what was a superb al-round show from the Cloakham Lawn men there was a stand-out contribution with both ball and then bat from Matt Pyle.

Chudleigh won the toss and opted to bat and were ion bother at 34-4 with Pyle doing the early damage. The home innings staged a recovery and closed on 211-8 with Pyle coming back for two late overs to claim one more wicket to finish with 4-37 whilst Dave Field span his way to 2-46.

The Axminster reply was given a healthy 72-run start by Alan Ostler (24) and Bradley Cross, but the loss of both and the fall of Nick Taylor – all three wickets falling for the addition of just five runs in the space of three overs – left Axminster with work to do.

However, 17-year-old Sam Farrow and Matt Pyle then joined forces out in the middle and the pair batted superbly to add 110 to take the run chase to the verge of a successful conclusion. Both fell in quick succession, Farrow for a magnificent 70 and Pyle for a splendid 54, which left skipper Paul Miller and Dave Field to see the Axemen over the winning line.

A delighted Miller said: “It was just what we needed and hopefully this will now be a spring board for better things. We have had a difficult start, but winning breeds confidence and the players certainly rose to the challenge at Chudleigh. To be honest, at tea, given our previous showings with the bat, a target of 212 to win looked a long way away. It became even longer when we lost those three quick wickets and its to the credit of young Sam (Farrow) and Matt (Pyle) that they dug in, added that excellent fourth wicket partnership, and got us to within sight of the winning line.”

Miller reserves special mention for another player, saying: “Special mention must go to Dave Hayball who is a generally one of the 2nd XI regulars, but who has stepped up recently and in this game he delivered a superb spell with the new ball.”

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