Kev Kelly slams superb unbeaten century in Honiton 2nds win over promotion-chasing Bradninch 2nds

PUBLISHED: 11:43 29 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:43 29 July 2018

Unbeaten centurion Kev Kelly leads the players off the Mountbatten Park pitch after his fine innings saw his Honiton 2nds side to a five wicket win over Bradninch 2nds.

Unbeaten centurion Kev Kelly leads the players off the Mountbatten Park pitch after his fine innings saw his Honiton 2nds side to a five wicket win over Bradninch 2nds.

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Honiton 2nds batsman Kev Kelly scored a superb unbeaten century as the Mountbatten Park men inflicted only a second defeat of the season on Bradninch 2nds.

Jame Pickard inspects the ball before running in to bowl in the Mountbatten Park win over Bradninch.Jame Pickard inspects the ball before running in to bowl in the Mountbatten Park win over Bradninch.

Honiton skipper Andrew Lapping lost the toss and opposite number Thom Bunker opted to bat. Andy Brinsford and James Pritchard opened the bowling and Pritchard struck in the fourth over thanks to a slip catch held by Jon Hext. Pickard, bowling with pace and accuracy claimed a second early wicket – this time with another catch behind, but pouched by wicket keeper Andrew Lapping, and, after his first five overs, he sported impressive figures of 2-5.

The visitors rallied with their number three bat, Connor Carthew going on to be unbeaten on 97 as the innings closed on 213-6. Phil Tansley (2-56 from eight overs, Andy Brinsford (1-66 from eight) and Alan Ostler (1-25 from eight), were the other wicket takers. The figures for opening seamer Pickard were an impressive 2-21 from eight overs.

When the Honiton run chase began it was launched – and in some style too – by Kev Kelly and skipper Lapping. Then pair wasted little time, racing to 49 after just five overs and four balls when Lapping fell to a catch behind.

That brought Jon Hext to the middle and he and Kelly took the reply to 119 when Hext became the second wicket, but not before he had scored a run-a-ball 25.

Honiton IIs Kev Kelly hits out on his way to an unbeaten century in the Tolchards Dveon league F Division East win over Bradninch 2nds.Honiton IIs Kev Kelly hits out on his way to an unbeaten century in the Tolchards Dveon league F Division East win over Bradninch 2nds.

When Hext fell, Kelly was not out 65 and the next man in, George Meadows helped Kelly take the chase to 144 before Meadows fell.

James Pickard was next man in – and out, but he was at the other end as Kelly reached his century – scored off just 81 deliveries.

Pickard was caught in the deep for 17, and that brought Pete Beighton to the crease and he was the last man out, trapped leg before in what proved to be the final over with Richard Potter at the wicket as a bye was scored to seal a comprehensive five wicket win for the Mountbatten Park men, who still had almost a quarter of their 40 overs remaining when the winning line was crossed.

Kelly walked off to rich applause from both his own team and the visiting side. In all he faced 90 balls and hit no fewer than 20 fours.

The covers are wheeled into position as the rain falls at Mountbatten ParkThe covers are wheeled into position as the rain falls at Mountbatten Park

Pete Beighton hits out in the Honiton 2s win over Bradninch 2s.Pete Beighton hits out in the Honiton 2s win over Bradninch 2s.

Honiton 2nds action in their win over Bradninch 2nds at Mountbatten ParkHoniton 2nds action in their win over Bradninch 2nds at Mountbatten Park

Honiton 2nd XI bowler Phil Tansley in action against Bradninch IIs.Honiton 2nd XI bowler Phil Tansley in action against Bradninch IIs.

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