Honiton's Lappin snatches 6-28

PUBLISHED: 10:30 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:44 15 June 2010

P0193-26-09AW Seaton Vs North Devon, Sat 20th June. Peter Lawson. Pic by Alex Walton

P0193-26-09AW Seaton Vs North Devon, Sat 20th June. Peter Lawson. Pic by Alex Walton

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Axminster belied their lowly B Division status to register only a second success of the season with an eight-wicket win over Shobrooke Park.

Axminster belied their lowly B Division status to register only a second success of the season with an eight-wicket win over Shobrooke Park. It was Robbie Prior and Alex Wraight who were the stars of the pre-tea session, as each claimed four wicket hauls to combine their talents with great effect to dump the Mid Devon side all out for just 140. Jack Willow and Paul Miller ensured the day had a perfect ending for the visiting side as they took the side to an eight wicket win. Willow hit 50 and Miller was not out with 38 when the innings was completed. Next up for Axminster, who are out of the bottom two, is Saturday's match with Barnstaple and Pilton.No such joy for both Seaton and Feniton in C Division as both slipped off the pace. Seaton did manage to secure a losing draw after coming agonisingly close to completing a marvellous run chase. Hosts Plymouth Civil Service closed on 211-9 with Ben Copp (4-54) and Joe Berry (2-19), amongst the wickets. There were contributions down the order as the chase went right to the wire and, at the end of the day, Seaton were just six runs from victory and a single wicket from defeat, closing on 205-9.Greg Foxwell (45), Matt Hewer (30), Mark Bray (30), Stephen Pritchard (28) and Richard Warner (24) were the batsmen who manoeuvred their side so close to victory. Seaton bring up the half way mark of their campaign on Saturday with the visit of Stoke Gabriel.Feniton crashed to a nine wicket Acland Park defeat at the hands of Ivybridge. Batting first, the home side could only muster 169, led by a half century from Brian Cann and 25 from the bat of Adi Pullin. That total proved nowhere near enough to trouble the visitors who lost just the one wicket on the way to a big win. Next up for Feniton is Saturday's trip to Cockington.Kilmington still cannot buy a D Division win at the moment but they got mighty close to breaking that particular unwanted duck as visitors Babbacombe were eight men down at the close of their meeting on Saturday. Ralph Cook (72) and skipper Tom Gooding (32) were the main contributors in the Kilmington total of 230-9 and then Ben Noble, Ralph Cook and Hal Cook each took two wickets as the South Devon side closed on 172-8. Skipper Gooding said: "It was a much improved all-round show. The batsmen were back to something like their collective best, for what we need to build the confidence now is a run of 200+scores for I am confident that the bowlers will soon be taking wickets in unison to bring us that much-needed victory." Despite their life in the lower Division starting so badly, the fact is that Kilmington remain clear of the bottom two, Babbacombe and Whitchurch, who are also having torrid times this term. Next up is a difficult looking trip to top three side Hatherleigh but that is just the sort of contest that might bring out the best in Gooding's side.Ottery St Mary had a fine win over visiting Uplyme. Skipper for the day Jody Clements was the star of the show with the bat as he hit five fours and six in a knock of 43. Support came from Matt Kirk (27), Charl Axsel (25) and number nine Rob Crabb, who plundered a late 20 thanks to a brace of sixes and a similar tally of fours. Crabb and Scott Gibbons (5no) added 28 for the final wicket to boost the home side's chances and that was to prove pivotal as the total was just too many for Uplyme who were then bowled out for 138 in 43.1 overs. Visiting skipper, Ashley Caddy, batting at number nine and with a runner owing to injury, top-scored with an eight-boundary unbeaten 41. Opening bat Tom Daniels chipped in with 30 whilst there was a cameo knock of 22 from number seven Jerry Sims, but the undoubted star of the post tea session was the home side's Mark Woodman who rolled back the years, and in some style too, to return the magnificent figures of 5-8 from a full stint of 14 overs, 10 of which were maidens. Robert Bradshaw-Smith helped out with 2-16 as Ottery registered only their second outright victory of the campaign.Whimple had started the day the nearest side to E Division leaders Ashburton but they messed up a great chance to take over at the top. With the table toppers beaten at home, they too suffered defeat when beaten by a painstaking three runs at Exeter Civil Service. Will Cleal (2-13) and Dan Van Grudgings (2-36) were the pick of the visiting bowlers as the home side closed on 169-7. The in-form Chris Palfrey then led the run chase with a superb 57, indeed he registered yet another half century with his team score on 58! But, from 64-0 wickets began to fall at an alarming rate for the visitors and the final one went down with their total just three runs shy of the home sides. Cleal completed a fine all-round effort for his side with an unbeaten 32 to add to his earlier wickets. Next up for Whimple is Saturday's top of the table clash with Ashburton with the game also marking the half way point of the campaign.Honiton had a fairly abject day with ball and then bat as they limped to an uninspiring losing draw at Mountbatten Park against the side that started the day at the foot of the table. Countess Wear were the visitors and they posted a tidy total of 209-6, thanks to a century from Mark Davey, and climbed off the bottom of the table. They moved up three places thanks to their banking the lion's share of the points in a winning draw as Honiton limped to 162-8 in reply to the Exeter side's offering of 209-6. Kev Kelly (3-44) and skipper Pete Matravers (2-10) were the pick of the home bowlers. Then, after a promising opening stand of 58 between the captain (27) and Andy Canniford (35), wickets fell at regular intervals with only Phil Tansley (32) and a match-saving unbeaten 21 from Tony Vivers, helping the home side to limp to 162-8.Skipper Matravers said: "It was fairly poor across the game for us. We set off okay in the run chase but three wickets fell quickly at the top of the order and it was a case of taking what we could from the match. This was one of those days when you tend to say 'forget about this one lads and look to next week to start again'."That next game sees Honiton complete the first half of their programme with a trip to Kentisbeare.Yarcombe slipped to a six-wicket defeat at Kingskerswell where the home side chased down 198-9 to win with room to spare.David Patch top scored with 72 in that Yarcombe offering but then, despite a brace of wickets for both Richard Reed and Paul Woods, the return to East Devon was with just half a dozen points as Yarcombe slip to 3rd bottom .Upottery's young batsman Tom Wyatt is enjoying a wonderful run this season and he certainly enjoys his visits to the Recreation Ground at Newton St Cyres. Two years ago Wyatt left with an unbeaten double century, last year he was not out in the 90s and on Saturday he top-scored with 86 as Upottery posted a commanding 235-5. It was quite a mixed bag for the batting side who got the perfect start with 130 for the opening wicket only to lose half the side with the scoreboard showing 170 but then a cameo knock from skipper Stuart Drew realised a half century to boost the total to that close of 235-5. The home side had no answer to the visitors' accurate bowling as the wickets were shared around, and taken at regular intervals to leave the hosts high and dry on 118 with Upottery the victors by a margin of 119 runs. Next up for Drew and his men is Saturday's visit of Shaldon Optimists.In the E Division East Honiton II flew out of the traps in their game at Cullompton, racing to 49 from the opening seven overs as Tom Strawbridge made hay to hit 39. Pete Beighton and Nigel Foster (31), took the total on to 95-2 before Foster departed. Beighton was then joined by Joe Dixon and the pair swatted the ball to all parts of the Landspeed Meadow ground, adding 124 for the third wicket before Dixon, who hit 10 fours, was dismissed for 67 with the score on 226. Beighton went soon after, also for 67, before Tom Travers hit a cameo 16. Craig Lappin introduced a series of savage blows and, when the inevitable declaration arrived, the visiting total was on 306-6. Lappin was unbeaten on 53 from just 16 balls. When the hosts batted, Lappin grabbed the chance to make some headlines as he whipped out three of the top four batsmen within his first two overs and finished with 6-28 from 8.1 overs. Richard Hill picked up the remainder of the wickets with 4-30 as Cullompton were bundled out for 59 with Honiton winning by the huge margin of 247 runs. They picked up a maximum 20 points and maintained their top-of-the table status for now with no league game next week.Upottery II went down by 81 runs at home to Exmouth III, but not before teenager Jason Kennard, 15, had contributed a starring role. Kennard hit 55, including one of those now famous Dilshan shots (the Sri Lankan star has shown a knack of being able to lift the ball up and over the wicket keeper to the boundary during the recent World Twenty20 tournament). Kennard also played a superb reverse sweep as he and younger brother, 13, added 47 for the ninth wicket, taking their side from a troublesome 127-8 to something much more honourable in terms of the run chase. They were eventually bowled out for 174 replying to the Exmouth offering of 235-5 in which Bruce Inglis claimed 2-27.

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