Palfrey spanks 20 sixes in double century

PUBLISHED: 17:14 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 23:29 15 June 2010

Whimple II s Chris Palfrey smashed his way to a glorious double century in one of the big highlights of cricket in East Devon at the weekend. He did it against Exeter Civil Service.

Whimple II's Chris Palfrey smashed his way to a glorious double century in one of the big highlights of cricket in East Devon at the weekend. He did it against Exeter Civil Service.

Palfrey hit twenty sixes and 13 other boundaries on his way to 237, whilst Nathan Groves chipped in with three sixes and five fours in a knock of 79 as Whimple amassed 358-3 before declaring after 36 overs.

The Civil Servants were then dismissed for 120 as Adrian Whitton took 4-47.

Axminster slipped to their second successive defeat of the early Francis Clark Devon League season with a 107-run defeat at the hands of Clyst St George who posted a healthy score of 229-7 and then bundled out the home side for 122.

It was a bad day all round for Axminster as the 2nd XI lost by 152 runs at Sidmouth and the 3rd XI were bundled out for 124 which was then knocked off in double quick time by Shobrooke Park.

If it's early blues at Cloakham Lawns, it is upbeat and very positive at Seaton after they won the East Devon derby with Feniton in style, chasing down the Feniton total of 243-8 to win by eight wickets and shoot to the top of the fledgling C Division table as the only side in the section to have won both opening games.

Mark Kingdom (79), Dave Haysom (40) and Graham Tucker (34) were the main scorers in a respectable Feniton total of 243-8. Ben Morgan bowled very well for the home side to return figures of 5-59 from 11 overs. Steven Pritchard led the run chase with a splendid 87 that included one huge six and no fewer than 16 fours. Pritchard and Richard Warner (85no) were responsible for the match winning second wicket stand and Sean Perry hit an unbeaten 29 to help guide Seaton over the finishing line.

Ottery St Mary held on for a losing draw in a low scoring affair at Babbacombe. The South Devon side were restricted to 152-8 with Robert Bradshaw-Smith taking 3-22 from another accurate 10 overs and Martin Miller also picked up three wickets.

Bradshaw-Smith then led the reply with an unbeaten 40.

Early runs came from John Tierney (24) and it was Jody Clements (18no) who l From back page

combined with Bradshaw-Smith to seal the losing draw at 129-8.

Kilmington have made a desperate start to life at a lower level with back to back D Division defeats after an 18 run loss at Thorverton, where the home side were bowled out for 157 thanks to the excellence of Ben Noble (3-41).

Andrew Culley then top scored with 40 but it was hard work batting and the reply closed 19 runs short of victory.

Better news for Kilmington 2nds as they sailed to an imposing 305 for the loss of just one wicket in their game with Tiverton 2nds who were then bowled out for 165 thanks to David Lavenders magnificent 6-53. That first innings saw a second wicket partnership of 183 between Graham Watts (105no) and John Lavender (112no).

There was a thrilling finish at Uplyme & Lyme Regis where the home side, at the start of the final over, needed eight to win with their last pair at the wicket.

The visitors batted first and ended on 174-7. The pick of the home bowlers were Phil Norris (3-28) and Adam Caddy (3-58).

The reply was in trouble at 55-4 but then Mark Batey steadied the ship with 74 and Phil Norris chipped in with 25. So to that final over, with Derek Wellman and Neil Price facing and eight required to force a single wicket win. The tail-end charlies managed only five but, in doing so, also kept their wickets intact and so the home side walked off with the greater share of the points from a winning draw.

Pete Matravers was left a frustrated chap after his side's narrow defeat at Roborough. The Honiton skipper watched his bowlers, and in particular Phil Tansley, hustle out the hosts for a paltry 114.

Tansley was at his very best, sending down his 13 overs to return the richly deserved figures of 6-17 - but then only Matravers, with 56, could make any impression on some equally tight home bowling and the reply closed 21 runs short on 93.

Better news for Honiton IIs as they beat Seaton II by 43 runs.

Batting first, Honiton made 187-9 led by Ollie Cave (55) and then Cave took 3-30 and Richard Hill 3-31 as Seaton were bowled out for 134. Will Jenkins, batting at number eleven, top scored for Seaton with 33.

Upottery breezed to victory at home to Kenn. The Exeter side were held to 179-9 as Stuart Drew claimed four wickets and then Thomas Wyatt took centre stage plundering two sixes, one five and a dozen fours in a superb unbeaten 90 as he and Leo Jefferson (26no) saw the villagers to an eight wicket win.

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