Axminster win keeps them in touch with B Division safety

PUBLISHED: 11:08 13 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:09 13 July 2015

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Axminster bagged a five wicket home win over South Devon to bank 20 vital, points in their bid to stay in the third tier of Tolchards Devon league cricket.

On another superb Cloakham Lawns track – what great work Brian Prior is doing with the square this season – it was the visitors who batted first.

They scored what looked a highly respectable 242-7 with Matt Pyle (2-43), Gary Larcombe (2-49) and Dave Field (2-57) sharing the home wicket taking duties.

The run chase was hit by the loss of a couple of early wickets, but a 170-run partnership for the third wicket between Matt Pyle (78) and Gary Larcombe (69), turned the game back in favour of the home side. Sam Farrow chipped in with an unbeaten 38 and that, combined with contributions from Danny Larcombe and skipper Paul Miller together with a charitable 31 extra’s, helped see the Axemen over the winning line.

A delighted Miller said: “It was a super surface to bat on. There were no demons on the track and so we knew at tea that. Whilst 242 was 40 more than we hoped to restrict them to, it was still a very gettable target for us.”

He continued: “The early wickets were a blow, but then South Devon did have Neil Hancock and skipper John Martin opening their bowling. Matty (Pyle) and Gary (Larcombe) batted superbly to put us right back into the driving seat. It was a good all-round show and should help us all as we tackle the final seven games of the season.”

Next up for Miller and his men is a trip to Abbotskerswell who sit 17 points better off than second bottom Axminster.

Miller says: “The key now is for us to focus on game by game. With seven to go, despite our current second bottom place, we have real opportunities to push on for a mid-table finish. A win at Abbotskerswell would go a long way to making life more comfortable in the final third of the season.”

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