Feniton spring big Tolchards Devon League surprise

PUBLISHED: 18:58 22 June 2015 | UPDATED: 18:58 22 June 2015

Mark Salter batting for Feniton at Ottery. Ref mhsp 9112-26-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Mark Salter batting for Feniton at Ottery. Ref mhsp 9112-26-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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Feniton served up the surprise of match day eight of the Tolchards Devon League when they ended the season-long winning run of Ottery St Mary.

What made the victory all the more impressive was that it was achieved at the home of the Otters where they have been rolling over all that have pitched up this term so far!

Feniton skipper Jon Pyle won the toss, opted to bat and saw openers Graham Tucker (24) and Mark Salter (55) give the side a solid start. Later runs arrived from Alex Frankpitt (45) and Adam Ramcharran (26) seeing the visitors to a close of 210.

That proved enough to win the match as the Otters were bowled out for 187 with 2.5 overs of the contest remaining.

It was the in-swing bowling of Mark Kingdom that paid dividends for Feniton as he claimed four wickets for 37 runs in a full nine over shift and Matt Davis claimed three wickets for 28. Fittingly it was skipper Jon Pyle who applied the finishing touch as he clean bowled the final Otters batsman to leave his side winners by a margin of 23 runs.

A delighted Pyle said: “That was a terrific result and certainly one that we deserved. It speaks volumes for what is a very happy dressing room at the moment. It’s one free of any politics and the lads are clearly going out to play cricket and enjoying it too. A collective view that it’s a case of ‘enjoyment first and results will follow’ and that is proving a good mix for us right now. Mark (Kingdom) bowled superbly. We have missed his bowling recent weeks as he nursed a hamstring problem, but he said he was good to go in this one and so he opened and bowled wonderfully. The fielding was also good and I’d like to think that this win will help us push on.”

Next up for Pyle and his men is a meeting at home to Uplyme. Pyle says: “It’ll be another tough game for they are not third without good reason. That said we are in a good place right now and fear no one home or away.”

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