Cann holds last over catch to seal Seaton success

PUBLISHED: 12:57 04 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:14 04 July 2018

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock


Seaton won a thrilling match at home to Cullompton thanks to a catch held at long-on off the first delivery of the final over to seal a three run success for Ben Morgan and his team, writes Steve Birley.

Batting first, Seaton had got off to a flyer thanks to Matt Hewer (70) and Brian Cann (28), who had seen their side to 73-0 after 17 overs before the Cully bowlers hit back and it was thanks to knocks of 39 from skipper Morgan and 28 from Ollie Pinnock that Seaton were able to get to 204 before losing their final wicket with two balls of the 45 overs remaining.

The Cullompton reply saw the Mid Devon team lose their last wicket with just three runs needed for victory!

In contrast, the visiting side laboured at first and slipped to 118-7 with 10 overs remaining before Adi Pullen came to the wicket and the former Feniton player so nearly rifled the Mid Devon men to victory.

It was Pullen facing when Joe Berry began the final over and, having already plundered 57 he launched his bat at the first ball of the last over and it sailed high into the early evening sky. Brian Cann, using his years of experience, settled himself at long-on and waited for the ball to drop into his hands. He duly held the catch and Seaton had claimed another superb B Division success and, at the halfway point of the season, they sit third in the third tier of the Tolchards Devon League.

A delighted – of relived – Morgan said: “I can honestly say that when that ball kept going upwards, but was clearly going to come down inside the boundary, not for one second did I doubt that Brian [Cann] would hold the catch. He has a very safe pair of hands.”

On the outcome of the game Morgan said: “We have been on the other end of such a result already this season and, in such cases, it is hard not to feel some sympathy for the opposition.

“That said, we’ll take the win and it helps to keep our momentum going. The fact we are third at the halfway point of the season suggests we are doing something right. However, I can honestly say I don’t think we have seen this Seaton XI realise its full potential this season so far. We have not yet fielded our absolute strongest team yet this term and, if we can maintain good availability over the second half of the season then who knows where we will finish.”

He continued: “The target for the season remains staying in the B Division and anything more than that would be a bonus. For now we must keep focussed on playing good competitive cricket – and enjoy doing that!”

Take this latest game with Cully. It was a pleasure to be involved in. They [Cullompton] were a great bunch of lads and, with a good crowd watching and some really wonderful weather, it was a very special game to be involved in and of course, with all that late drama, it was us able tom savour the victory.”

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