Hewer strikes superb unbeaten ton as Seaton suffer final ball defeat at Thorverton

PUBLISHED: 20:33 28 May 2018 | UPDATED: 20:33 28 May 2018

Picture: Matt Smart

Picture: Matt Smart

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Seaton were beaten by the narrowest of margins in their Tolchards Devon League B Division game at Thorverton where the home side edged over the winning line with their last man hitting the first ball he faced - the last delivery of the match - for four to win the game!

Seaton batted first and closed on a very respectable 238-2 with Matt Hewer scored an imperious unbeaten 125 and skipper Ben Morgan unbeaten on 46.

However, that was not enough to bring Morgan’s men a third win in four early season games as the Thors ended up chasing a revised target of 218 from 41 overs, this after rain delayed the post tea session and Duckworth-Lewis was called into play.

A frustrated Seaton skipper Ben Morgan said: “It was a game we should not have lost, but the irony this season is that, so farm, our bowling, which has been a real strength over the last three years, has not yet started firing, but in stark contrast to that, our batting, which has been an issue for a couple of seasons, is now where we want it to be!”

Morgan continued: “Matt [Hewer] batted superbly, it was a ‘typical Matt Hewer of old knock’, but then I also felt that he and Brian [fellow opener Brian Cann] showed that we may now have, at last, a reliable and solid opening duo. The pair gave us the start we needed and we were able to go on and post a score which, in general, I’d back our bowlers to defend every day of the week.”

Seaton did miss Robbie Prior on the day, but young Kersley Sutton showed maturity above his tender years when he was brought back at a crucial time and he bowled a couple of extremely tight overs before volunteering to bowl the final over. It got to the final ball with a boundary needed and the Thors last man duly despatched the ball to send Seaton to the narrowest of defeats.”

Morgan said: “Young Kersley [Sutton] was so upset about that last over, but he bowled five terrific deliveries to set up that – winner-takes-all final delivery. I cannot knock the boy. He’s a good lad and its things like this that help mould us as cricketers. We learn so much from such experiences and do need to take a few blows to enjoy things when we are in a position to celebrate.

“As a team, we are just a little short at the moment. Our bowling is currently very much a case of one of our bowlers is bang on the money every week while the others are a yard short - we have the ability in our ranks – and, when we do all click on the same day we will reap the rewards.”

On Saturday, Seaton travel to Ipplepen. Morgan says: “We will have Robbie [Prior] back but are without Kersley [Sutton] and Tim [Mitchell] as he has gone back to University and we’ll not have him with us now until July.

“The division this season looks tight, everyone seems capable of beating everyone,. We are now won two and lost two and yet are only 20 points off second spot. It looks set to be an exciting season.”

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