Kelly helps Honiton to record breaker

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 15 June 2010

P6168-27-08AW Clyst St. George (batting) V Axminster (bowling). Keith Rocket. Pic by Alex Walton

P6168-27-08AW Clyst St. George (batting) V Axminster (bowling). Keith Rocket. Pic by Alex Walton

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Axminster skipper Danny Larcombe was very contented after his side had become the first team to beat Clyst St George with a fine all round performance.

Axminster skipper Danny Larcombe was very contented after his side had become the first team to beat Clyst St George with a fine all round performance. Larcombe said: "That was the performance and result we needed big time and we delivered both with some panache. It's just what the doctor ordered in terms of our season's campaign and sets us up to make serious progress in the second half of the season."Teenager Noah Hillyard was the star of the show as he effected the much needed breakthrough, bringing to a halt a partnership that threatened to leave Axminster with a bigger target than the 198 they had to chase down. Hillyard, in two spells, claimed three wickets, Gary Larcombe bagged a brace and then the skipper's brother once again led the line superbly with the bat, hitting a faultless half century, but it was the innings of Paul Miller that sealed the match. Miler hit 82 with a full array of shots, leaving his skipper to say: "Miller batted as well as I think I have ever seen him, he was inspired throughout and from the very first shot he played he looked in total command."Axminster won the game with seven overs and as many wickets still remaining. Next up a visit from basement dwellers Cockington and that presents a different challenge for Larcombe, who says: "I shall caution the team that, having got ourselves back on track with a superb win at high flying and much fancied Clyst St George, we simply cannot afford to be complacent against Cockington."The C Division East Devon derby was described by Kilmington skipper Ian Gooding as: "A superb game of cricket, the sort of match that makes you realise just why we play this game. It was played in a great spirit, the match outcome was in the balance until the final over and at different times during the contest both sides had potentially match winning performances. We lost to a very tidy team who fielded as one for their bowlers and then timed their run chase to perfection thanks to the lusty blows by Seaton's Ben Copp."Kilmington had batted first and found life difficult. Half the side were back in the pavilion with barely 50 runs on the board when the middle and late order got to work. Jack Willow, batting at number four, top scored with 40 and Ralph Cook and Giles Dixon both chipped in with useful contributions as the home side closed on 166-8. Mike Cottam was the pick of the Seaton bowlers, at one stage he had figures of 1-5 from eight disciplined overs.The Seaton reply was timed brilliantly although, with eight balls remaining and 14 runs still required, they seemed to be in a spot of bother. That brought the best out of Ben Copp, who blasted two huge sixes to win the game, the run chase being underpinned by an unbeaten half century from Dave Cottam. Hal Cook, Tom Gooding and Tom Wallis, the latter promoted from the club's 2nd XI, were the wicket takers.Seaton skipper Mike Wheeler said: "I felt it was a game we should have won 'earlier', but that sums up this contest. It was indeed enthralling and they did very well to recover from a perilous 50 odd for five."As for the fact that half way has been reached in the campaign with his team sitting third, just 10 points behind leaders Clyst Hydon, Wheeler says: "It is clearly going to be a tight division all the way to the wire with any one of six clubs harbouring genuine promotion aspirations. For me the key in the second half of the season is the word 'consistency'. Whichever side can deliver that will be sat top come early September, and I'd like to think we have the wherewithal to make that team us."Next up for Wheeler and his men a trip to Tiverton and the skipper warned: "Tiverton bowled us out cheaply after we'd rolled them over, so we travel knowing it will be tough."Feniton couldn't manage to see off basement side Chagford who stubbornly refused to lie down and be beaten by the Acland Park outfit. The home side closed on 168-7 in response to the Feniton offering of 203-8. Dave Haysom was again in fine form, hitting a half century as Feniton banked maximum batting points. Not that it was all about Haysom, for Adi Pullin (37), Mike Robertson (34), Alex Frankpitt (24) and Jonathan Pyle (23no) all chipped in. Stuart Bright and Jonathan French each took two wickets but Chagford stood firm. The half way mark sees Mark Kingdom's side in the top four, just 18 points off the summit and, given their customary dreadful start to the season, they can tackle the second half with genuine promotion hopes. On Saturday they put their ambitions to the ultimate test as they face current leaders Clyst Hydon at Acland Park where a home win could catapult them into a promotion berth come close of play.Ottery St Mary were undone by an overseas player in their six wicket home defeat at the hands of Thorverton. The Mid Devon side's Kobi Griggs first took a 'fivefer' to leave the Otters bowled out for 151. Sam Tennent top scored with (23), whilst the only other batsmen to trouble the scorers were Martin Miller and Rob Johns, who both hit 22. Griggs then swatted the ball to all parts of the ground as he hit struck a quick fire 46 and the Thors had the game won inside 34 overs. This was hard on Ron Crabb who had bowled superbly for the home side, walking off the pitch at the close of play with 3-28 from 8.2 overs which, given the nature of the run chase, was exceptional. With none of the three sides below them in the D Division table managing a win, no damage was done to the Otters' position in the table. Next up is a trip to basement dwellers Lewdown where a win would help extend the gap between them and the bottom two.Uplyme and Lyme Regis skipper Ashley Caddy broke off from his local football club's close season tour, based at Butlins in Minehead, to travel home for the game with Dawlish. He was joined on the 'trip' by brother Adam and Jed Whittington and the effort was worthwhile as their side comfortably beat Dawlish to further their own very real promotion credentials. Adam Caddy bagged a four wicket haul, one more than his brother, the skipper, and there were three wickets for Steve Batey as Dawlish were bundled out for 97. Seven wickets were lost in the run chase but the margin of victory was actually a lot more comfortable than the three wicket total at the close. Jerry Sims top scored with an unbeaten 25 and, as soon as the post match hand shakes were completed, Caddy and co got in their car and sped back to join the footballers at Butlins: "These things need to be done as we each save the week for our close season bash but of equal importance is the well-being of the cricket club, so you could say we've kept both camps happy this weekend," said Caddy. "We produced a fine all round bowling display and I would have to say that, although the score card will show we lost seven wickets in the run chase, this was a very comfortable win for us."Caddy's men have hit half way in the season just five places and 17 points off top spot. Next up a trip to Ipplepen of which Caddy says: "It won't be easy but if we do think we can go up this season then it's a trip like the one on Saturday that needs to be won."Whimple skipper Simon Van Grudgings lamented another woeful batting performance from his side saying: "We got a start, again, but once more the middle order failed miserably and it really is now time for the middle men to step up to the mark. They are more than capable of making the runs required in there, but somebody has to take the lead. They are good enough to deliver, but it's something we need to get going sooner rather than later if we are to take anything from this campaign."What annoyed the Whimple skipper most was that once again he and Kevin Thompson had given the side a solid start, putting on 53 for the first wicket, the skipper top scored with 30 and Thompson's contribution was 28, but the final score of 173 was, in the captain's books, 50 short of where it should have been At 129-5 there was real hope for Van Grudgings that his side might even force a victory, but then the visitors produced a middle order batsman who spanked the ball to all parts and saw them to victory without further loss of wickets. Phil Hope (2-52), Tom Saker, Will Cleal and Paul Gillard were the Whimple wicket takers.Honiton have had more bad luck than any other Devon League side, losing five of their first eight outings to the weather and that may yet prove to be the one thing that denies them a crack at promotion this term.Against Cullompton, granted a side struggling to find any sort of form, let alone a positive result, they dominated with both bat and ball to take a maximum haul of points with a whopping 340-3, a new all time highest score record for Mountbatten Park, and then they completed the job by bowling out the Mid Devon side for just 113.Kev Kelly was the 'all round' hero with an unbeaten century and a four-wicket haul. Kelly (100no), Pete Matravers (82), Phil Tansley (54) and Andy Canniford (45) as the Mountbatten men mauled the visitors' attack. Matravers and Kelly put on 166 for the third wicket and that is a new record on the ground for that wicket.Kelly (4-29), Rob Ingram (3-24) and Andy Brinsford (2-34) then got amongst the wickets to bundle out hapless Cully. Somewhat surprisingly Phil Tansley didn't strike the stumps once but he did send down nine overs, four of which were maidens, and concede just 14 runs. Honiton skipper Matravers said: "No disrespect to Cullompton, who were clearly struggling for any sort of form but, on the day we did not have too many problems. But these games need to be won and it was the manner of the victory that pleased me most. We were ruthless with both bat and ball and if we can replicate this sort of performance in the second half of the campaign I see no reason why we can't finish the season very strongly." Chardstock are still without a win, although on the positive side they are now unbeaten in four after yet another drawn game. Last pair Robert Blackwell and Tom Chubb saw out the final four overs of the game against Newton St Cyres to leave their side closing on 131-9. Earlier the visitors had been bowled out for 188, as Paul Reynolds took 4-44. Reynolds then hit 27 in support of skipper Fenton Day (28) as Chardstock made the draw.The Bosomworths took centre stage in the Topsham St James draw with Yarcombe & Stockland in an outcome that was made all the more remarkable by the fact that the visitors went into the contest having yet to taste defeat and the home side came within a whisker of forcing the win. Brian Bosomworth hit a superb century, 123, Oli Devon chipped in with 84 and Kalsik Sunkara hit 81. Dave Patch bagged a brace for Yarcombe & Stockland who set off on the run chase in determined mood. Jonathan Rich (111), Steve Loud (46) and Steve Durrant (44) combined to take the reply to its close of 290-9, but it was Bosomworth Junior, Alec, who bagged the headlines in the second innings of the match with his first ever 'fivefer'. The 14 year old off spinner took 5-77. A proud Dad said: "I am so pleased for him, he bowled very well." As for the contest, the skipper said: "It was a cracking game and let's give them immense credit for making a real fist of the run chase. It was played in great spirit and was a pleasure to be involved in."Upottery consolidated their top berth in the Division with a four wicket win over Shaldon and it was down to the exploits with the ball of skipper Stuart Drew, who sent down just 5.5 overs to return eye catching figures of 6-11 and three of the 'scores' off his bowling came from 'wides'! The seasiders were eventually bundled out for 154, leaving Gary Kennard to lead the hosts home with an unbeaten 62, taking Upottery to a four wicket win and, in turn, following the news that Yarcombe had been held at Topsham, to an even greater lead at the top of the table. Next up for Upottery is arguably 'the game' of the season as they tackle second placed Yarcombe and Stockland and, should they win, then the villagers will be left with just five games to play and in need of something like 60 points to secure the G Division title.

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