Brilliant Bedford keeps Feniton on the Otters heels.

PUBLISHED: 12:55 23 August 2011

Norman Bedford batting for Feniton at Ottery St Mary. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhsp 8490-32-11TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Norman Bedford batting for Feniton at Ottery St Mary. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhsp 8490-32-11TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Feniton went into their game with doomed Bridestowe knowing that they could only bank maximum points in each of their last three games yet still be denied promotion if Ottery were to net 42 out of the final 60 points they played for.

Norman Bedford claimed 4-32 in ten overs and there were two wickets each for Russ Witton, John Pyle and John French as the visitors were bowled out for 104. Feniton skipper Mark Kingdom then fell for a first ball golden duck but that was the end of the wicket taking for the basement dwellers as Martin Swannell (48no) and Norman Bedford (50no) saw the Acland Park men to a nine wicket win.

A defiant Kingdon said: “We can only win our games and then hope for an Ottery slip. It does seem a long-shot, especially after they defeated already promoted Ipplepen but we have to keep believing and need to approach the last two as must-win, and bank maximum points, games.”

Feniton travel to Countess Wear on Saturday and then entertain Plymouth Civil Service and Roborough in their final two games.

In the first meetings earlier this term with their last two opponents, Feniton had a win and a wining draw and banked 34 points whilst Ottery were beaten by Whimple and then held by Whitchurch, securing 21 points. If the same happened this time round Feniton would be edged out of the second promotion point by a single point!

Mike Salter hit a superb century, finally out for 108 and Sean Devine chipped in with an unbeaten 73 as Feniton II posted a healthy 256-4 at Kentisbeare II.

The Mid Devon side replied with 184-6 with Andrew Rose (2-28) and Kevin Brandon (2-22) the pick of the Feniton bowlers.


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