Defeat, but what a difference a year can make

PUBLISHED: 18:04 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:10 15 June 2010

Seaton Under-11s played their final match of the Bradleys/Somerset County Sports-sponsored East Devon Youth League against a strong team from Exeter who have not lost a match this season.

Seaton Under-11s played their final match of the Bradleys/Somerset County Sports-sponsored East Devon Youth League against a strong team from Exeter who have not lost a match this season.

Seaton's captain, George Dowse, won the toss and elected to field first, on a slow and damp pitch.

Exeter started off slowly with some tight bowling and fielding from Seaton.

The first wicket fell at the seventh over, taken by Seaton bowler Todd Lewendon (four overs, 11 runs, one wicket).

Not long after that, Exeter's opener, Paddy Pousic (24), was run out with a direct hit on the stumps from Seaton's fielder Stuart Wight. Lewis Cottam took care of another Exeter wicket, also with a good aim at the stumps!

In the middle overs, Seaton's bowling was a little wayward and Exeter's batsmen took advantage of the runs on offer.

Seaton bowler James Thomas came on and started well with a wicket maiden in his first over and one wicket overall. Exeter finished off their innings with 89 runs for the loss of four wickets after their allocated 20 overs.

The city team took an early wicket in the fourth over and continued to bowl tightly, with the result that Seaton's run rate was kept down, and their batsmen just never got going.

Reid Mawdsley (22), the Seaton opener, showed fierce determination in trying to keep the run rate going and achieved his highest score of the season.

Todd Lewendon (10) also battled against the bowlers and tried to get the runs required but fell short of overs in which to do it.

Seaton were short of runs at 71 for the loss of eight wickets in their 20 overs.

Although they lost this match, Seaton under-11s have been defeated in only two matches, and tied one and won the remaining six - a remarkable improvement when considering that, last year, they could not win a single match all season.

By John Wight

Seaton cricket under-11s

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