Chardstock skipper 99 not out as fourth successive ton eludes him!

PUBLISHED: 07:49 26 June 2013 | UPDATED: 07:49 26 June 2013

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Chardstock skipper Rob Hutchings was one run shy of a fourth successive Francis Clark League century when stumps were drawn with his side seven wicket winners at home to Cullompton on Saturday.

Hutchings was 98 not out when he edged what proved to be the final ball of the contest to the gully area with just a single coming from the shot to leave him high and dry on 99, but his team winners of a fourth successive match.

Hutchings said: “I guess in years to come I’ll look back and possibly rue the fact I didn’t get more on the ball to get it to the boundary and register a fourth ton on the trot. However, for me the team result is far greater than any personal achievement and I was delighted at stumps that we’d won another game and, more significantly, beaten a team who had started the day above us in the F Division.”

He continued: “What is so pleasing that all the team seem to be really enjoying their cricket at the moment. Of course wining helps, but there really is a positive feel-good factor sweeping through the club and long may that continue.”

Cullompton batted first and were restricted to 207-8 with Hutchings the most successful bowler with three wickets. The key wicket however, was the one taken by Paul Reynolds thanks to a catch at long-off held by Nathan Copp to see the end of Cully’s Shan Evenden who was racing towards his second successive century!

The win lifts Chardstock to fifth spot in the table with and they are now just 18 points behind second placed Exeter Civil Service.

On Saturday they travel to Woodbury.

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