Seaton bag second successive B Division win with victory at Babbacombe

PUBLISHED: 16:03 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:03 15 May 2018

Picture: Matt Smart

Picture: Matt Smart

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Seaton skipper hit the first ball of his side's 45th and final over to the boundary to win the game by six wickets on their visit to Babbacombe for a Tolchards Devon League C Division (East) game.

Hosts Babbacombe batted first and closed on what looked a competitive 202-7 after 45 overs. Five Seaton bowlers shared the wicket-taking honours with skipper Morgan claiming 2-30 from nine overs while Kersley Sutton also bagged a brace – his two wickets coming for 32 runs from nine overs. The other wickets were one apiece for Ben Libby (1-18 from seven overs), Joel Seward (1-43 from nine) and Brian Cann (134 from six)The Seaton reply suffered the early loss of Ed Hunt, caught behind for eight with the score then 13-1. However, Joel Seward then joined Matt Hewereand the pair put on 136 for the second wicket. Both fell in relatively quick succession, Hewerfor 70 and Seward for 59, and when Josh Cann was sent back for two, Seaton were four down and still some way from the finishing line.

However, Morgan, batting at number five, was joined by Stephen Pritchard and they saw their side to victory with the skipper unbeaten on 36 and Pritchard not out 10.

A delighted Morgan said: “It was a superb run chase. After the early wicket in the chase, Joel [Seward] and Matt [Hewer] batted superbly and gave us the platform to complete a successful chase.

“When Steve [Pritchard] joined me, we needed just six an over off the last eight, which was just about manageable. That said, the loss of the three wickets and the fact I knew they had their opening bowlers to come back, did worry me.

“It’s not my game to go out and smash it, but, on this occasion it was a case of needs must and Steve played a crucial role in getting me back on strike.”

In terms of the home innings, Morgan said: “We should have restricted them to less than they got – probably around 180. We did not bowl well as a team and gave away far too many extras for my liking. However, it was a case of ‘well bowled’ to Kersley [Sutton] and Ben [Libby] and our fielding and catching was good. Josh [Cann] kept wicket very well taking three catches, two of which he held standing – no mean feat that on a wicket that was a bit ‘up and down’!”

As for his team’s winning start with back-to-back wins, Morgan says: “It has certainly been a great start. We still have work to do and, while the target for the season remains retaining B Division status, with that in mind we will take each game as it comes and see where that takes us.”

On Saturday (May 12) Seaton, who sit a lofty second in the fledgling B Division table, entertain a Shobrooke Park side that sits two places and two points below them in the table.

Seaton 2nd XI suffered a second successive frustrating matchday as scheduled opponents Shobrooke Park were unable to raise a side. They will be hoping to finally get their first taste of action this Saturday on match day three when they visit Honiton 2nds in F Division (East).

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