Feniton complete a last-day great escape from the drop
PUBLISHED: 18:56 04 September 2013 | UPDATED: 18:56 04 September 2013
Feniton endured the most dramatic of last days’ of a cricket season to emerge with their Francis Clark Devon League D Division status intact.
The Acland Park side began the final match day of the campaign rock bottom of the section knowing they had to beat Ashburton and the rely on favourable results elsewhere.
That is precisely what happened as they banked a 20-point success thanks to unbeaten half centuries from Brian Cann and his son Josh; this after John Pyle had claimed a fivefer, to bowl the visitors out for 151 to set up a seven-wicket success.
That left Feniton awaiting news from other venues which ultimately came through as a Countess Wear defeat at home to Seaton with three points taken and a Halberton and Sampford Peverell defeat at Uplyme and Lyme Regis with four points banked which al left Feniton sitting third bottom of the table, five points clear of the two relegation berths!
Feniton skipper Graham Tucker said: “I’ve been in this game for a long time, but rarely has a last day of a season gone so according to plan! I had a feeling that, as long as we did our job I getting the maximum points we’d find salvation in the form of wins for Seaton and Uplyme and Lyme Regis and so it turned out. It started badly as I wanted to bat first, but losing the toss meant we fielded which, ironically, probably played into our hands for we bowled superbly, knocked them over and then watched the two Cann’s stroke us to victory. It really was the perfect day.”
Speaking of the season in general, Tucker said: “It’s been a campaign riddled with poor decisions, disappointing availability, unfortunate injuries, ill-health to key players and then, in all the close games, of which there were six, we came out second best. Therein lies the problem. To have a good season you need to be coming out on top in the majority of close encounters and this term we were not able to do that. Staying in the D Division could prove to be so crucial for the long-term well-being of the club. Had we slipped down another level we may never have been able to get back to where I believe a Feniton CC team belongs, and that is much higher up the cricketing pyramid.”
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