Berry takes four wickets as Seaton win thriller at Plymstock
PUBLISHED: 19:52 28 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:17 02 July 2018
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Brian Cann (3), Ed Hunt (1) and Matt Hewer (11) were all back in the pavilion with only 30 runs on the board. Joel Seward, batting at number five, joined number four Ollie Pinnock and the pair took the total to 96 when Pinnock fell for 42 - scored off 62 balls with eight fours. Just two runs were added before skipper Ben Morgan was caught behind for a sixth ball duck and, when Ollie Aplin, was bowled for six, Seaton were a troubled 108-6.
Chris Aplin joined Seward and the pair set about firing their side right back into the contest. Indeed, theirs was a ‘match changing’ partnership as they added 70 for the seven wicket before Seward fell to the 101st ball he faced, out for 42, hitting four fours.
Joe Berry failed to trouble the scorers before he was the eighth man down and a fine resilient knock from Chris Aplin was ended when he was on 38, scored from 41 balls, hitting four fours.
Kersley Sutton (5) was the last man out, dismissed to the final delivery of the 35th and final over for five, leaving Ben Libby the not out batsman as Seaton’s innings closed on 185.
The Plymstock reply was hit by the early loss of two wickets as skipper Ben Morgan and Ben Libby opened the bowling. Both struck to leave the reply 11-2. The third wicket was not taken until Plymstock had moved on to 55, Joe Berry knocking over the stumps. A leg before decision for Kersley Sutton accounted for the fourth visiting wicket with the reply on 95. It was soon 96-5 with a Kersley Sutton catch giving skipper Morgan a second wicket.
However, the sixth wicket took the visiting side closer to their target before, with the score on 140, with just 46 runs required, Berry again hit the stumps. Six runs were added before Ben Libby picked up his second wicket and it was soon 166-8 with an Ed Hunt catch giving Berry a third wicket. Just two more runs were scored when a Matt Hewer catch gave Berry his fourth wicket. The last pair for Plymstock nudged their side 10 runs closer before, with three balls remaining and seven runs needed, a run out which was initiated by a Joel Seward throw ended the home team’s innings to see Seaton to a thrilling victory.
Joe Berry was the star of the bowling effort with his return being 4-29 from 8.3 overs and there were two wicket returns for skipper Morgan (2-16 from nine overs) and Ben Libby (2-41 from nine) while Kersley Sutton (1-24 from seven) was the other successful bowler.