Drew and Machin on form for Upottery

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 23:32 15 June 2010

P2561-21-09TI Honiton v Whimple. Pete Matravers Honiton Captain. 
photo Terry Ife

P2561-21-09TI Honiton v Whimple. Pete Matravers Honiton Captain. photo Terry Ife

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Axminster's woeful start to the B Division continued.

Axminster's woeful start to the B Division continued as they lost for the third time in as many outings, beaten by 53 runs at Plymstock. Batting first, the home side posted a competitive, but arguably gettable, 163 with Alex Wraight the star of the show with the ball, taking 4-20, two wickets also fell to Tristan Wakeley, Alex Beighton and Nick Taylor. But only Robbie Prior (36) and Jack Willow (21) made any impression with the bat as the reply closed on 110. Next up a visit to Cloakham Lawns from Alphington who have made an unbeaten start and will arrive already some 35 points better off than Axminster.Feniton's C Division campaign has made its familiar indifferent start with a second defeat in three outings, as Stoke Gabriel departed Acland Park with a whopping 117 run victory. The South Devon side batted first, closed on 202 and then bundled out the home side for just 85, 26 of which came courtesy of extras! One huge positive on the day for the home side was the performance, with the ball, of Jon Pyle as he claimed 6-56 and Russell Whitton gave good support, bagging a brace of wickets. A trip to Bridestowe is next for Feniton on Saturday.Seaton were one of many sides to suffer after losing the toss when they had to suffer the worst of the conditions batting first against Ivybridge. Matt Hewer scored over half of his side's entire offering with 59 of the 111, a total sailed past by the visitors for the loss of just four wickets, two of which fell to Ben Copp. Tiverton provide the opposition for Seaton in Mid Devon on Saturday.Kilmington strike bowler Ben Noble was missed by his team-mates on Saturday as they continued their early season run of disappointing results with a losing draw from the visit of Lewdown.Mind you Noble was on business of a much more 'noble' nature as he was taking part in a local radio wedding competition! Kilmington skipper Tom Gooding said: "We did miss Ben but he did have other very pressing matters to see to. The truth is that on what was a superb batting track, both sets of batsmen enjoyed their time at the wicket whilst the bowlers had to work very hard for every reward they could muster".The visitors posted a powerful 250-4 answered by Kilmington with 200-7. Skipper Gooding hit 36 and Rory Hellier 32 but visiting skipper Charlie Hughes proved to be main man after tea, taking 4-36.Kilmington will attempt to win a D Division game at the fourth time of asking when they visit bottom of the table, and also winless so far, Whitchurch, on Saturday.Ottery St Mary claimed a fine win at the expense of bottom of the table Whitchurch who were dismissed for 126 thanks to the efforts of Mark Woodman (4-32), Rob Johns (3-12) and Robert Bradshaw-Smith (2-34). Johns sent down a dozen overs to return his impressive 3-12. It became something of a stroll for the home side as they replied with John Tierney (61no) and Matthew Kirk (47no), adding 106 for the unbroken third wicket to seal an eight wicket win. The Otters travel to Ipplepen on Saturday.The Caddy brothers provided what few highlights there were from a home perspective as Uplyme & Lyme Regis managed to cling on to seal a losing draw at home to a Thorverton side who batted first and scored a healthy 207-6. Adam Caddy picked up three wickets and then skipper and brother, Ashley, top scored with 23 in the reply that closed on 128-9. Caddy said: "It was one of those days that had precious little for us to talk about, the key is we did not lose and three games in, we remain unbeaten." Next up for Caddy and his side is Saturday's trip to Lewdown.Honiton skipper Pete Matravers was not impressed with some of his batsmen as he watched a number if them shoulder arms to such a degree that the Mountbatten Park men were shot out for a paltry 40 in just 26 overs. Only Matravers with 12 made it into double figures, although there were 11 extras. Phil Hope (3-7 in six), Dan Van Grudgings (3-12 in seven), A Holmes (2-6 in six) and Will Cleal (2-8 in seven) were the bowlers responsible for the rout. Neil Pulman did take the two Whimple wickets to fall in a run chase that was over in double quick time led by Chris Palfrey (23) and Ben Silk (10no).Matravers said: "I would like to think that one or two players will come back to the middle next week and regard their wickets as a little more precious than they seemed to regard them in this game. We did not bat well and, whilst it was a good toss for them, to win and they bowled exceptionally well, we simply did not help ourselves."Honiton are at Exeter Civil Service on Saturday.Upottery had a couple of half centuries in what ended up as a winning draw at Kingskerswell. Stuart Drew (53no) and Seamus Machin (51) provided the major knocks in a total of 217-8. The home side were on the back foot for much of their reply, finally closing on 179-8 as Mark Joyce claimed 3-42 for Upottery who next host Cullompton on Saturday.There was disappointment for Yarcombe as they were edged out by just five runs by visiting Newton St Cyres. The Mid Devon side batted first and posted a reasonable total of 173-6. Mike Barnes took 2-37 for Yarcombe who were then bowled out for 168, an agonising five runs from a victory for themselves. Steve Loud top scored with 43 whilst other runs came from Tim Rich (41) and skipper Nigel Parris (26). Dave Church was the mid Devon side's match winner as he claimed 5-50. More Mid Devon opposition for Yarcombe this weekend when they travel to Hemyock.Honiton 2nds lost a nail biting local derby when they went down by just four runs to Whimple 2nds.On a damp wicket Honiton skipper Andrew Lapping called correctly, stuck the hosts in and, despite Whimple getting a decent start - 30 for the opening wicket, the ball reigned supreme as Nick Hartnoll, returning to his old stamping ground, took 5-37 from 13 excellent overs.Bob Hill then spun his way to figures of 4-17 as the home side were eventually all back in the pavilion for 119. Trevor Griffin top scored with 37 and there were useful contributions from skipper Steve Palfrey (16), Nathan Groves (13) and Adrian Whitton (18). Nigel Foster claimed two from the second delivery but then, as he sought the match winning single shot to claim victory, he was caught at mid-wicket and Whimple were winners by just four runs.The defeat was cruel on Foster who had batted splendidly for a near 40 overs stay at the wicket for a defiant 24.Adrian Whitton and Steve Palfrey both bagged a brace of wickets for Whimple. Honiton skipper Lapping said: "I'm really proud of the lads' efforts in testing conditions. We said before the game that 100 would take some getting after the week of weather we'd had and we were correct. The pitch played its part and I have the bruises to prove it! However, both our own Nigel (Foster) and their Trevor Griffin showed that, if you dug in, you could get your rewards. Unfortunately we came up a bit short and both camps probably felt that the draw would have been the fair result of the day.

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