Honiton edge their way to D Division safety

PUBLISHED: 16:30 06 August 2013

Honiton ended any lingering fears of being dragged into a relegation scrap over the closing weeks as they comprehensively defeated visitors Countess Wear.

Kev Kelly (3-27), Charlie Wright (3-30) and skipper Adam Holmes (3-34) combined with real force to bundle the hosts out for 139. Harry Wright picked up the other wicket.

Phil Tansley then struck a sweet unbeaten 54 and the best of the rest of the contributions came from Holmes (22no), Pete Matravers (20) and Kev Kelly (17) as Honiton eased to a five wicket win.

Holmes said: “We bowled very well. The wicket played consistently and what was required was to get the ball into the right areas, something we did consistently. I was confident at the break that we had the wherewithal to get over the line and so it proved with a good all-round effort.

The win leaves Honiton two places and 23 points clear of the bottom two with four to play.

Holmes says: “I’d like to think that’s the ‘r’ (relegation) word made redundant at Mountbatten Park. Of course we are not mathematically safe, we do have the table toppers (Bideford) next after which there is still another three games, but this was a big win over Countess Wear and I am confident that we are now going to be at this level again next season.”

Regarding Saturday’s trip to Clyst Hydon Holmes says: “They have a very good overseas player who I fancy most teams fear. Having eased our worries with the Countess Wear win I fancy we’ll be more relaxed for this game and I expect us to give a good account of ourselves.”

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