Honiton ease to victory over Halberton and Samford Peverell
PUBLISHED: 08:43 26 May 2015 | UPDATED: 08:43 26 May 2015
Honiton skipper Rob Ingram saw his team comfortably defend a low score at Halberton and Sampford Peverell to claim 18 points and stay in D Division (East) top four berth.
After winning the toss Ingram opted to bat and saw his openers, Brian Cann (14) and Kev Kelly, see off the new ball, but it was hard going with the experienced Cann first to fall in the 13th over. Adi Pullen joined Kelly and the pair took the total to 103 before they were separated and that signalled a middle-order collapse with the final wicket falling on 154!
At tea the general consensus in the Honiton ranks was that they’d need to bowl well as their total looked a bit on the short side.
The bowlers rallied to the Ingram prompting with Adam Holmes leading the honours with four wickets for 40 runs. Pullen completed an excellent all-round shift with 3-13 from a full nine overs and Kelly served up a terrific spell that saw him take 2-24 as Halberton and Sampford Peverell lost their final wicket on 105.
Ingram said: “We do have an early season problem with the middle order which is going to need resolving if we are going to achieve what I hope, and that is a top two finish. Promotion is very much the main target, but it has to be a case of taking each game as it comes. In this one Kev (Kelly) bowled as good a spell as I think I have seen him deliver to date. Our bowling is varied and strong this season and that will take us far, but we do need to resolve the issue of a troublesome middle order.”