Honiton skipper Canniford leads side to fine win at Woodbury and Newton St Cyres

PUBLISHED: 13:12 06 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:12 06 May 2018

A pair of sight screens at a cricket ground

A pair of sight screens at a cricket ground

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Honiton skipper Andy Canniford led from the front, top scoring with a 40-ball 55 and then claiming a wicket as his side recorded a Tolchards Devon League E Division East opening day 77 run win at Woodbury and Newton St Cyres.

Honiton were asked to bat first and openers Dave Haysom (26) and Ben Kidson (34) took their side to 61 before Haysom fell. Pete Matravers was in at three and he added 21 with Kidson before the opener was the second wicket to fall. When Matravers was third man out for 26, the Honiton total was 117 and the loss of John Hext for eight left them on 130-4.

Skipper Canniford was joined by Adam Holmes and the pair added 65 for the fifth wicket before Holmes fell for 38.

A couple of other late wickets fell, but Canniford was still there at the close of the innings, unbeaten on 55, scored off 40 deliveries with four fours and as many sixes.

Adam Holmes and Ben Kidson took the new ball for Honiton and both hit the stumps to claim early wickets to leave the home reply 7-2. Second change Ian Kelly claimed the third and, when Alan Ostler knocked the stumps over, the home side were 41-4.

It was soon 52-5 with Pete Matravers holding a catch off the bowling of Kelly. The sixth wicket proved to be a thorn in the Honiton side as the pair added 97 before skipper Canniford, aided by a Jon Hext catch ended the partnership, leaving Honiton comfortable winners.

Honiton 2nds went down by eight wickets in their opening F Division East game, beaten at Mountbatten Park by Clyst St George 2nds.

Batting first, every one of the Honiton batsmen who got to the wicket posted a double figure score with the top return being 32 from number seven bat Andy Brinsford. Honiton closed on a respectable 215-7 after their 40 overs.

However, a strong visiting batting line up saw them power to a 100 run plus opening stand that set them up to go on and claim an eight wicket success with four overs and three balls to spare. Phil Tansley (1-30) and Richard Hill (1-38) were the only home bowlers to have any success.

On Saturday (May 12), Honiton 1st XI are at home to Exwick while the 2nd XI travel to Braunton.

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