Rain hampers junior cricket league

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:51 15 June 2010

The Saturday rain put paid to a great deal of the East Devon Youth League programme on Sunday, as indeed did the midweek weather that spoilt some of the early season evening games, write Stephen Birley.

The Saturday rain put paid to a great deal of the East Devon Youth League programme on Sunday, as indeed did the midweek weather that spoilt some of the early season evening games.Dan Pyle took a hat-trick and was promptly 'removed' from the attack after a two over spell that saw the Ottery St Mary Under 11 player take five wickets for four runs as the Otters claimed victory at Axminster. Coach Gavin Iley said: "It seemed prudent, and certainly within the spirit of the game to take Dan out of the attack; he bowled beautifully. George Southall-Brown was the pick of the Ottery batting."In an Under 11 pairs game Ottery St Mary also beat Axminster with Ollie Reed (2-9) and Harry Conway (1-4) amongst the wicket takers, whilst Jack Roberts sent down two overs and every one of his 12 deliveries was a 'dot ball', no mean feat at this level! When the Otters batted Josh Loud and Ollie Reed scored 11, Jake Tarney and James Berrisford 13 but the pick of the pairs was the combination of Tom Conway and Tom Gurney who scored 23.The Under 10 soft ball pairs game at Sidmouth went the way of a strong Clyst St George side who answered the hosts' 161 with a total of 199, although it was only a powerful last pairing that won the game for the Exeter side. Matt Saunders and Kieron Hogg were the pick of the Sidmouth bowlers and Toby Lee and young Hogg claimed the batting honours for their side. Coach Dave Gibson said: "We lost to a more experienced side on the day but I am sure the team will learn and get stronger as the games roll on."Woodbury lost an Under 11 hardball pairs game at Culmstock where right hander Jamie Hill and James Matten were the pick of the batsmen and Emma Cooper bagged a brace of wickets.Seaton under-13 Colts', captained by Theo Boalch, played their second match of the season against Sidmouth. It was another closely contested nail biter with Seaton combining as a team to win the match on the third last ball of the day!Sidmouth batted first and achieved 103 runs for nine wickets over their allotted 20 overs. Sidmouth's main contributor was Willem Sobczak, who retired at 41 not out, along with contributions all down the order from his team-mates. However, Seaton's team effort of tight bowling and fielding allowed them to take seven wickets and effect two run outs. The wicket takers were Chris Aplin, 3w4o8r, Stuart Wight 3w2o11r, and Toby Pryce 1w4o9r as well as a run out. Brothers Jake and George Richards also contributed to the team bowling effort. Will Oswald and Niall Waterhouse assisted the team in the field and Seaton's wicketkeeper James Prior caught one off the bowling of Stuart Wight.Seaton put on 102 runs for two wickets up to the beginning of the last over. With only three balls left James Prior hit the winning runs. Andrew Davis was the top scorer with 40 retired, with contributions by Alex Hunt (23), Stuart Wight (17) and Kieran Love (10) not out. A great team effort by Seaton's Under-13s!l The East Devon Under-13 District side missed the chance to claim the County title again when they lost their final game, beaten by their counterparts from the North. Ben Hancock (2-25) and Tom Woofenden (3-13) were the main wicket takers as the North innings closed on 192 but none of the top six East batsmen could reach double figures and it was left to Henry Holt (42) and Matt Hanford (18), the pair adding a half century when the side had been in trouble at 47-5, and some good hitting from Ollie Hensburg (28) to so nearly turn the game on its head but the East side fell an agonising eight runs short of victory.

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