Honiton’s Tansley the match winner with bat and ball
PUBLISHED: 14:58 16 May 2012 | UPDATED: 15:01 16 May 2012
Honiton skipper Kev Kelly went to the wicket with his side 24-6 and staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat in their D Division East Devon derby at home to Whimple.
Kelly made the decision to look to occupy the crease for the remainder of his side’s innings whilst at the opposite end Phil Tansley got on with the task of putting bat to ball.
The pair took the score to 134 at the close and no further wickets were lost! Tansley finished unbeaten on 67 and Kelly had 34 to his name.
Will Cleal took 4-19 for Whimple. Tansley then showed what a match-winning all-rounder he is as he claimed 4-18 whilst Robert Ingram also took four wickets, his for a mere six runs in five overs as Whimple were bundled out for 84 with only Pete Gillard and Kev Thompson making any impression, both scoring 14.
A delighted Kelly said: “With six back in the pavilion for next to nothing I was worried the game would not reach tea time! Once I had a look I made the conscious decision to make sure I was there at the close and Tanners (Phil Tansley) is the sort of batsmen who can get on top of any attack, as he did in this game. I’d have settled for 100 so to get 134 was a bonus. We then bowled and fielded very well and were worthy winners.”
On Saturday Honiton travel to face a Filleigh side who are one of three teams in the Division to have won both opening games. Kelly says: “We’ll go up there in good heart. We did beat them last season and another good all-round show is all I ask.”