Seaton bowlers see side to Countess Wear success as promotion bid hots up

PUBLISHED: 09:07 03 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:07 03 July 2013

Seaton II versus Whimple II

Seaton II versus Whimple II


Seaton are very much in the D Division promotion frame at the halfway point of the season.

Ben Morgan’s side sealed a 10-run victory over Countess Wear to stay 11 points clear of the two third placed sides, Shaldon Optimists and Uplyme & Lyme Regis.

Morgan provided his team’s top score of 63 and there were knocks of 41 from both Mark Bray and Ryan Walker as Seaton closed on 212-9. From 20-2 Morgan and Bray added 93 for the third wicket.

Morgan said: “I felt we should have gone on to total around 250, but to be fair to Countess Wear they ended their bowling as they had started it, very well, and we did not help our own cause with a batting collapse.”

Countess Wear were well on their way with 100 on the board and just two wickets down, but then a superb spell of economical bowling from spinner Joe Berry and tight spells from Phil Collins and Ben Libby slowed the run chase up. A key wicket was that of Dave Harkness, caught at mid-off by Morgan off the bowling of Libby.

Libby (3-28) and Alex Hunt (3-43) shared the major wicket taking duties as the Exeter-based side were restricted to 202-8 in their reply.

Morgan said: “We bowled very well, especially from mid-innings onwards, and I was always confident we’d see the job through.”

On Saturday Morgan and his men make the short trip to Uplyme and Lyme Regis for a contest that means so much to both teams promotion hopes.

Morgan said: “We beat them on match day one, but they did not have their footballing cricket players for that game and they are a very good side. That said so are we and we will have one of our strongest elevens of the season out on Saturday so I think this has the makings of a classic encounter.”

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