Graham ‘fivefer’ and Matravers unbeaten half century send Honiton top of the table

PUBLISHED: 09:27 01 August 2018

Tom Strawbridge keeping wicket for Honiton at home to Woodbury & Newton St cyres. Ref mhsp 28 18TI 7418. Picture: Terry Ife

Tom Strawbridge keeping wicket for Honiton at home to Woodbury & Newton St cyres. Ref mhsp 28 18TI 7418. Picture: Terry Ife

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Honiton sit top of the Tolchards Devon Cricket league E Division East after a six wicket run-rate win at previous leaders Sampford Peverell and Tiverton.

Captain Adam Holmes bowling for Honiton at home to Woodbury & Newton St cyres. Ref mhsp 28 18TI 7419. Picture: Terry IfeCaptain Adam Holmes bowling for Honiton at home to Woodbury & Newton St cyres. Ref mhsp 28 18TI 7419. Picture: Terry Ife

What’s more, victory over their nearest rivals has seen the Mountbatten park men move 12 [points clear at the top and, with just five games remaining in the campaign, just 56 points are needed for Honiton to secure a place in the D Division East next season.

Honiton skipper, Adam Holmes, won the toss and asked the hosts to bat, and from 99-1, the slipped to 197 all out from 40.3 overs.

Willy Graham was the star of the bowling effort as he claimed a ‘fivefer’ to finish with figures of 5-28 and Ian Kelly returned figures of 3-22.

With rain arriving to change the required target, and more rain threatening, Honiton wasted no time in chasing down the runs. They needed just 17.5 overs and were led over the line by a splendid unbeaten 65 from Pete Matravers. On Saturday (August 4) Honiton travel to Ottery St Mary 2nds.

Tom Strawbridge keeping wicket for Honiton at home to Woodbury & Newton St cyres. Ref mhsp 28 18TI 7422. Picture: Terry IfeTom Strawbridge keeping wicket for Honiton at home to Woodbury & Newton St cyres. Ref mhsp 28 18TI 7422. Picture: Terry Ife

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