Axminster suffer heavy defaet, but saftey will arrive with home win over Braunton

PUBLISHED: 12:24 07 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:25 07 August 2014

Axminster’s march up the B Division table came to an abrupt end as they went down by nine wickets at a powerful title-chasing Bideford side.

The Axemen batted first and were bundled out for 114.

Matt Pyle was the exception to the rule on a day when sides batting first found life difficult.

Pyle took the atack to the home side to score a deserved half century before joining colleagues in the pavilion with 50 to his name.

The home side, enjoying the benfit of batting second on a drying wicket, closed the game out in comfort, losing just the one wicket.

Axminster skipper Tristan Wakeley had said prior to the game that the success at Barnstaple and Pilton seven days before had given his team important points in terms of the bid to stay in the division. He knew a second successive Saturday trip up the North Dveon Link Road was going to be a tough one, and so it proved.

This Saturday Axminster play North Devon opposition for the third week running when Braunton pay a visit to Cloakham Lawns.

Braunton sit third bottom, 23 points clear of the relegation places and 15 points behind Axminster. With secodjn bottom Barum playing title chaisng Tavistock, it all means a home win would leave Wakeley and his side a healthy 50 points clear of the drop with 66 points left to play for and their place in the third tier of the Francis Clark Devon League all but guaranteed for another season.

After Saturday Axminster have three to play. They travel to fifth placed Ivurbduieg on Saturday week (August 16) before their final away game of the season on August 23, when they visit basement dwellers Stoke Gabriel. They bring the curtain down on their season on the final Saturday of the month with a Cloakham Lawns game against Plymstock.

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