Feniton edged out in close encounter at Braunton

PUBLISHED: 19:43 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 19:43 27 June 2018

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Feniton went down by just nine runs in an excellent C Division East contest up at Braunton.

The home side batted first and closed on a competitive 231-6. Jon French (2-31) and Jon Pyle (2-45) dished up the pick of the visiting bowling shifts.

The Feniton reply was always ‘up with the clock’ before falling away to end just nine runs short of the home total, the final wicket falling with the score on 222. Mark Kingdon continued his fine recent form with the top score of 47 and the ‘best of the rest’ were the contributions of Alex Frankpitt (41) and skipper Jon Pyle (35).

Andrew Rose rifled the second ball of the final over to the boundary only to be caught. Had the ball crossed the line, four runs would have been needed from four balls, that’s how close this contest was!

Jon Pyle said: “It was a cracking game of cricket that someone had to lose and it happened to be us. I felt we bowled and fielded very well because, at one stage, I could see them [Braunton] chalking up a 260 or 270 score. Once again our bowlers delivered in the middle overs.”

He continued: “We lost key wickets at what were the ‘wrong time’ in terms of our chase. We were always ‘in the game’ and up with the required run rate, but just came up short. That said, I have to be pleased with the continued all-round performance from the players, all of whom are clearly giving it their best.

“We were well on track until the hat-trick, which was a blow, but again, showed so much character to then pick ourselves up and get as close as we did.”

On Saturday (June 30) Feniton, who are third bottom, 29 points clear of second bottom Budleigh Salterton, have the unenviable task of trying to become the first team to defeat all-conquering Sidmouth 2nds when they entertain the table-toppers at Acland Park.

Pyle says: “It’s just our luck to be now playing a team coming into the match having scored 400 plus for one wicket down! That said, someone has to beat them [Sidmouth] and maybe Saturday will be our day.”

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