Mitchum steals the show
PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:08 15 June 2010
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Axminster II skipper Andrew Guppy called up two of the club's 3rd XI bowlers for the trip to play Abbotskerswell.
Axminster II skipper Andrew Guppy called up two of the club's 3rd XI bowlers for the trip to play Abbotskerswell in a game that saw the two basement dwellers in the 2nd XI A Division meet and it was the 3rd team pair, in particular James Mitchum with a seven wicket haul, who stole the show. They combined to hustle the hosts out for just 24, this after Guppy's men had chalked up a total of 245. Pete Hayball (56), Ryan Walker (58), Alan Ostler (37no) and Steven Wakeley (29) all put bat to ball with great effect, taking the side to that total of 245, and then James Mitcham took an incredible seven wicket haul, returning the remarkable figures of 7-2 as he and Tom Maxwell (3-12) joined forces to blow the hosts away for just 24.Mitchum is a regular in the club's Colts' side and previously he had never got beyond three wickets when playing in senior cricket. He sent down 4.3 overs to take his super seven, indeed the last 15 balls he bowled saw him take six wickets without conceding a single run! Skipper Guppy said: "It was quite remarkable, he has a great in-swinger in his armoury and he just simply delivered the goods to great effect."Axminster's promotion bid is all but over for another season after they slipped to a fourth defeat beaten by six wickets by top of the table Abbotskerswell, and that means, with five games to go and 100 points to play for, Danny Larcombe's side find themselves three places and, more decisively, 36 points adrift of second placed Heathcoat. From this position it would need Larcombe's side to win every one of their remaining games and for there to be an 'unlikely' sequence of results for the Knightshayes side. A wonderful half century from Joel Seward (58) and a knock from Brett Garner (32) were the highlights of the home innings that closed on 145-9 but that was not enough to trouble the leaders who made it home for the loss of just four wickets, two of which fell to Paul Miller. On Saturday, Larcombe's side travel to Barnstaple where nothing but a 20-point haul will keep the Axminster promotion flame flickering.Seaton also suffered something of a 'blow' to their own promotion hopes, being held to a draw at Ivybridge where the home side scored 250-9. Greg Foxwell took 3-18 and Pete Lawson 2-54, but the Seaton reply limped to 170-8 with skipper Mike Wheeler, leading by example, hitting a superb unbeaten half century and Matt Hewer chipping in with 25. On Saturday, Wheeler's outfit host the side who currently sit immediately above them in the second promotion berth, Kingsbridge. The game has now taken on greater significance with Kingsbridge picking up a maximum 20 points with a win over Feniton. It's still very much 'in their own hands' for Wheeler and his men, for after the game with Kingsbridge they then travel to leaders Clyst Hydon, host both Feniton and Kilmington, and wrap things up on August 30 at Stoke Gabriel. "It's in our hands and we now need to rise to the challenge," said Wheeler.Kilmington skipper Ian Gooding reflected on another disappointing result for his side, beaten at home by Stoke Gabriel by a margin of six wickets and Gooding was in no doubt why his side slumped to a sixth defeat of the season."You cannot afford to drop catches at this level. Their eventual match-winning batsmen offered us one chance. We dropped it, but the he served up a second and again we spurned the offering. You simply cannot afford to let slip such opportunities, to miss out twice is criminal cricket in my book."The skipper (67) and brother Tom (88) had combined to put on 128 for the third wicket as the home side picked up maximum batting points on 212. Despite a brace of wickets from Tom Gooding (2-46) and one for Giles Dixon (1-29), the visitors, with the aid of those dropped catches, cruised to victory. Saturday's short trip to Feniton for an East Devon derby now takes on added significance with the fact that Gooding's side are now three places and 17 points above the drop zone. Feniton sit immediately below them in the table and it should be quite a contest at Acland Park.Feniton, like Kilmington, have now lost half a dozen games this season. Their latest reversal was one of 70 runs at promotion-chasing Kingsbridge, who scored 254 despite a 'fivefer' from Jonathan Pyle (5-49) and wickets from Adrian Pullin (3-35) and Russell Whitton (2-49). Only Mick Robertson (37), Jamie Easterbrook (27) and Bright (30) could muster any real runs and the reply closed on 184. Skipper Mark Kingdom said: "It was a high scoring track, that's for sure, but we really did miss the three batsmen who were not with us." Brian Cann, Graham Tucker and Alex Frankpitt all missed the trip but Cann and Tucker return for the Kilmington match although Kingdom is away on holiday and he will hand the reins over to former skipper Tucker for a game that Kingdom recognises is 'huge' in the context of the season.He said: "We have lost three on the bounce now and do need to pick up a win somewhere, anywhere! I am not too concerned, because with the current bottom two still have to come to our place and I think we have more than enough to stay up but I do not want this campaign taking us to the last game to ensure safety."Ottery St Mary are running into form at just the right time. A magnificent century from skipper John Tierney and an unbeaten knock from Robert Bradshaw-Smith, including a huge six to secure the win, were the hallmarks of a fine all-round effort in a four-wicket win at Ipplepen. Robert Crabb (3-38) and Brian Burns (3-49) combined to restrict the hosts to 204-8 and then Tierney (109) and Bradshaw-Smith (43no) saw their side to the win. The Otters may well sit sixth in the 10 team section but, with five games and 100 points to play for, they are just 29 points shy of second-placed Bridestowe who they host on Saturday. A home win will further boost the thought of Ottery ending the campaign in real glory.If it's glory, glory Ottery at the moment then sadly the opposite applies over at Whimple where Simon Van Grudgings' side are now embroiled in a bitter battle to avoid the drop. Whimple are now 10 points adrift of third-from-bottom Ipplepen after they went down by 62 runs at home to Uplyme and Lyme Regis in a contest dominated by the Caddy lads, Ashley and Adam. Visiting skipper Ashley hit 77 and brother Adam 42 as Uplyme chalked up a score of 228-8. Phil Hope claimed 4-39 for Whimple who were the bowled out for 166 as Adam Caddy claimed a 'fivefer', finishing with figures of 5-53. Kevin Thompson led the home resistance with 50 and Dan Van Grudgings gave good support with 24 but Whimple now have some work to do over the last five games of the season, starting with Saturday's trip to Lewdown, to avoid the campaign ending in disappointment. However, for Ashley Caddy and his Uplyme outfit, Saturday's trip to leaders Dartington offers a real chance to make a statement of their own in the battle for promotion. Honiton's recent fine run in the E Division came to an unceremonious end with an eight-wicket defeat at Countess Wear where they were bowled out for a meagre 111, a total passed for the loss of just two wickets by the home side. The defeat leaves Pete Matravers' men 28 points and two place short of Whitchurch who sit second behind 'champions elect' Yelverton. On Saturday Mountbatten Park hosts Lustleigh and Honiton will need to bank a big haul of points if they are to remain in the promotion race.Upottery booked their place in the higher Division next season with a fine win over Topsham St James in a game of high quality. The visitors batted first and, at 130-6, were in a spot of bother. Then teenage duo Ross Treleavan (68) and Nick Horn (50)provided a middle order partnership of the highest order for the second week running. The youngsters put on 52 for the seventh wicket and, with Alec Bosomworth (24), Richard Horn (24no) and, earlier, Brian Bosomworth (48) also making contributions, the visitors were able to close on an imposing 268. The Treleavan innings was one to behold. He reached his half century in just 16 balls and when he was finally out for 68 had faced only 25 deliveries. Gary Kennard and Stuart Drew both had three-wicket hauls and Mark Joyce bagged a brace and the home side set about chasing down the total, knowing that, is successful, promotion, if not quite the title, was guaranteed. Thomas Wyatt reigned supreme striking a superb 113 as he, Ollie Rice (33) and Seamus Machin (36) led the hosts to 269-7. Kalsik Sankara, Dave Ranch, and the father and son combination of Nick and Richard Horn all took wickets. Seven points from Saturday's game at Shaldon and Upottery will secure the title.Yarcombe & Stockland now know that if they can avoid defeat on Saturday against Topsham St James then they will be going up with Upottery. With 40 points to play for, Yarcombe lead the Exeter side by 22 points after they won by 51 runs at Chardstock. Simon Durrant (76) and Dave Patch (35) were the main contributors in a Yarcombe total of 219. Paul Reynolds (3-43) and James Trott (2-26) took wickets for Chardstock, who replied with 168. Simon Garrett top scored with 49, unfortunately run out just one shy of a half century. Reynolds hit 33 and there was a cameo knock of 15 not out from Nathan Copp. Young Sam Loud added to his growing reputation with a four wicket haul, Loud's 4-56 and Matt Reed's 3-14 doing the damage with the ball.