Honiton Under-17s edged out in thriller at Bradninch

PUBLISHED: 20:39 20 July 2015 | UPDATED: 20:39 20 July 2015

The batsmen cross on their way to completing another run

The batsmen cross on their way to completing another run

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Honiton Under-17s were involved in a thrilling match at Bradninch.

The teams met in the Bradleys East Devon Youth League in this new competition this season that sees each team able to field up to three ‘over age’ players along with eight who age qualify as Under-17s.

Honiton were asked to bat first and got a superb start thanks to Josh Cann and Ashley Munt. Cann, who began the season in the Bradninch 1st XI and who had scored a half century for the Mid Devon side when appearing in their midweek XI a month before, clearly enjoyed the surface at Kensham Park once again as he majestically made his way to yet another half century. It was Munt who fell first for a fine 30 with the opening wicket putting 102 on the board in just 16 overs.

Cann fell in the same over as Munt, departing for a 56-ball knock of 62. Wickets fell at regular intervals with the seventh one falling at 139 in the 24th over.

This brought Rob Ingram to the wicket and he batted superbly, facing just 29 balls before having to retire) senior players in this format must depart having reached 50, but can return when everyone else has batted). Ingram did get to return, scored two from the first ball he faced and then was caught in the deep thanks to a stunning catch!

The Ingram knock together with an unbeaten 16 from Rowan Symons helped the Mountbatten Park team to a close of 222.

Will Birley took five wickets for Bradninch and Tom Mortiboys bagged a brace.

The Bradninch reply was hit by the loss of both openers to catches off the bowling of Ben Kidson who, as one of the senior players, had to come off after the four overs (2-12) that the older players are allowed to deliver.

Charlie Wright claimed the third wicket and got another later on and there was a wicket too for Ben Paveley to put Honiton in the driving seat with the hosts 91-5. However, they were then able to send out Sri Lankan Ramesh Batagodage, who is the overseas player for Clyst Hydon 2nd XI, and he slammed a 26-ball half century before retiring on 52. Mark Ashplant, another of the home ‘seniors’ was unbeaten on 49 as Bradninch won with their last pair at the wicket. Ashley Munt picked up two wickets and there was a deserve wicket for 14-year-old Guy Maynard who also held a catch and fielded superbly throughout.

The undoubted star of the show in terms of the Honiton fielding was wicket keeper Rob Ingram who was wearing the gloves for only the second time and he claimed four stumpings and two catches!

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