Honiton II bag first win of season with last over triumph over Clyst Hydon II.
PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 June 2013 | UPDATED: 08:00 12 June 2013
A persistent and chilly northerly was in evidence on an otherwise cloudless day at Ottery Moor Lane, as Honiton 2nds entertained Clyst Hydon II in a game sponsored by the Axminster MOT Centre.
Regular 2nds skipper Strawbridge was called up for 1st XI duty so Andrew Lapping took charge and he was able to welcome back Andy Canniford and Harry Wright for their first outings of the season.
The visitors won the toss and opted to bat. Thompson and Wright were given the new ball duties for the hosts and it was Wright made the breakthrough in the fourth over.
The skipper made good ground to his right at cover to pouch a smart catch of the bowling of Thompson and Hill held a regulation chance at gully as Wright found the back of Holmes’ bat in the 10th over to leave the visitors 28-3.
The next pairing steadied their innings adding 54 when Hill got under a snow-covered steepler as Alcock’s excellent spell was finally rewarded with a batsman top edging an in-swinging out-swinger.
Alcock returned the favour, though this time the fielder had the confidence to entertain the vast crowd with his juggling skills before finalising the catch. That however was merely the horses duvet cover compared with Thompson’s effort at wide mid-on. Throwing himself after the escaping ball, and prostrate on the ground facing the wrong way, he was somehow able to score a direct hit on the non striker’s end to run the batsman out!
Broom bowled tidily with no reward but gained an ‘assist’ as he held on well at mid-off giving Corey Lapping a scalp. Thompson and Hill were unlucky not to wrap up the innings ahead of schedule as the pressure began to tell and catches went down and the visitors offering closed on 221-8 with two wickets each for Wright and Hill and one ach for Thompson, Lapping and Alcock.
The reply was led by Thompson who swiftly took the shine off the new ball with a serious of powerful strokes as he and Hill put on 58 for the first wicket.
However, 68-1 quickly became 81-4 with Thompson’s fine knock ended for a nine-four 39.
Canniford and Wright used their collective experience to ease the hosts back into the run chase.
Despite being hampered by recent knee surgery, Canniford purred into action with three sublime sixes and four fours in his superb 53. Wright’s 32 from 54 balls (4 fours) provided the perfect foil as the pair put on 80 for the fifth wicket.
The pair departed in swift succession to leave Honiton requiring 43 for the last ten overs with four wickets in hand.
It got down to 20 required from four and, when the final over began it was just five to win and fittingly skipper Lapping saw his side to a single wicket win with three balls of the contest remaining for Honiton II to claim their first victory of the League season.
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