Honiton CCs Conway and Lapping in 92-run last wicket stand

PUBLISHED: 14:44 06 June 2018

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Honiton bagged a third E Division East win of the season when they defeated Ottery St Mary 2nds by 144 runs.

Batting first at Mountbatten Park, Honiton were led to their score of 271 by Dave Haysom (77), Kieran Conway (63no), Corey Lapping (40) and 38 extras. However, that does not tell the complete story for Honiton were, at one stage, 179-9 before last man Corey Lapping strode out to join Kieran Conway and the pair put on a wonderful partnership of 92 for the final wicket. Lapping was the last man out, bowled by Albert Southall-Brown, but not before the ‘tail end charlie’ had scored his splendid 40 from just 32 deliveries, hitting four fours and two sixes. Conway’s unbeaten 63 came from just 44 balls and he hit eight fours and slammed three sixes.

The Ottery reply slipped to 78-9 before their last wicket pair also provided some serious resistance, but, in their case, the 49 runs that Matt Jeacock and Lawrence Walker added for the unbroken 10th and final wicker, proved to be in a losing cause. Jeacock’s 54-ball stay at the wicket saw him score two, but he stayed there in support of Lawrence who was not out 37 from 117 deliveries. To put the effort of young Lawrence into perspective, his 117 ball stay at the crease was longer than all the other batters (except of course for last wicket partner Jeacock) faced together!

Honiton skipper Adam Holmes used eight bowlers with five of them sharing the nine wickets. Ben Kidson (2-10), Ian Kelly (2-8), Corey Lapping (2-24), Willy Graham (1-32) and the skipper himself, with 1-30, were the successful bowlers.

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