Larcombe welcomes Miller to the fold

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:46 15 June 2010

Axminster Town Cricket Club finally managed to get their season under way on Sunday with a match against a team brought together by ex-club captain Jack Willow.

Axminster Town Cricket Club finally managed to get their season under way on Sunday with a match against a team brought together by ex-club captain Jack Willow.The match was arranged to raise additional funds toward Jack's efforts in completing the London Marathon, raising money for the RNLI, and added £400 to his total. It also proved an opportunity for club members to renew old friendships as many of the visiting side have performed for Axminster over recent years, including Aussie Sam Hagdorn, South African Malcolm Deacon, together with Phil Holland (Exmouth), Ben Noble, Steve Allsopp (Kilmington) and Robbie Hutchings (Ilminster).Axminster asked the visitors to bat and an opening partnership between Aussie Sam Hagdorn and Pete Barton of 107 in 16 overs set the standard for the afternoon. Phil Holland continued to keep the runs coming and showed his class with an innings of 70 scored in only 47 balls. Malcolm Deacon and Jack Willow saw the score past 200 and, although Steve Allsopp was bowled first ball for 0, the innings came to an end following a heavy shower with the total on 220. Gary Larcombe returned useful figures of 2-15 in four overs and Nick Taylor bowled well to end with 1- 31 from his eight overs. The home side were left to chase the formidable total in 35 overs and losing Gary Larcombe with only one run on the board was hardly the start required. However Robbie Prior and Paul Miller pushed the score past 50 before Robbie went for 18 but, at that stage, 169 were still needed from 20 overs. Johnny Hurford hit a rapid 20 before being caught in the deep, and Paul was joined by newcomer Raoul East. Raoul managed to score 10 from the first 20 balls he received and then 30 from the next 12 to help secure a win for Axminster but no doubt about where the Man of the Match award was to go. A superb innings of 123 not out was a dream start to the season for Paul 'Silky' Miller and captain Danny Larcombe must be extremely pleased to know that Paul has committed himself to playing first team cricket this summer. l The league season gets under way next weekend with two games at Cloakham, the 1st team are at home to Bideford and the 3rds at home to Ivybridge while the 2nd team travel to Sidmouth and the 4th team to Exeter Civil Service.

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