Hurford slams another century as Axminster bag big win over Dartington & Totnes

PUBLISHED: 09:05 03 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:05 03 July 2013

Cricket action from Axminster 1st XI versus Dartington and Totnes

Cricket action from Axminster 1st XI versus Dartington and Totnes

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Axminster sit second in the C Division of the Francis Clark Devon League at the halfway stage of the season after an emphatic 182-run win over Dartington and Totnes.

Johnny Hurford was the start of the pre-tea session, stroking his way to a second league century this season, hitting a superb 126.

Hurford’s first fifty took 54 balls, but the second was off just 23! There were supporting acts from Robbie Prior (44), Joel Seward (38) and skipper Tristan Wakeley (23 not out) in a home total of 283-6. Prior hit his runs from just 22 deliveries!

Wakeley said: “It was not all plain sailing. The wicket proved difficult to score on for the first dozen overs, but once it settled and the batsmen got in the score board began to tick over at pace.”

The visitors plundered 27 off the first two overs, but Prior knocked over the middle stump of the hard hitting overseas player and the die was cast for a comfortable home victory.

Prior, despite carrying a shoulder injury, finished with figures of 5-25, and, but for two very difficult chances that were spilled he’d have returned a seven wicket haul! Gary Larcombe and Nick Taylor both bagged a brace of wickets each as Dartington and Totnes were bowled out for 101.

On Saturday Axminster begin the second half of the league campaign with a trip to bottom of the table Clyst St George.

Wakeley says: “We will not embrace any form of complacency. Johnny (Hurford) hit a double century against them on the opening day so he’ll be looking for more of the same! That said we have done very well in the first half of the season, suffered just the two defeats and we have to keep winning and hope Bideford slip up.”

Completing an excellent day for the Cloakham Lawn club the 2nd XI beat Uplyme & Lyme Regis II to take over at the top of the D Division (East) table.

Dan Murnane struck 54 and Sean Perry hit 51 in an Axminster total of 175. Alex Wraight then took 3-9 as Uplyme and Lyme Regis II were bowled out for 170 to give the visitors a thrilling five run victory.


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