Seaton CC hustle Cully out in time for tea
PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:41 15 June 2010
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Axminster's miserable B Division season continued when they were comprehensively beaten at Cloakham Lawns by Bideford.
Axminster's miserable B Division season continued when they were comprehensively beaten at Cloakham Lawns by Bideford, who first scored an imposing 256-4 and then bowled the home side out for 148. The hosts did not help themselves in the pre-tea innings, conceding 40 extras. Tristan Wakeley (58), David Murnane (20) and Paul Miller (19), provided the bulk of the reply.Next up for Axminster is a trip to Shobrooke Park which is the side sitting immediately above them in the table. Defeat would further the gap of 13 points that has already opened up between relegation and salvation for the Cloakham Lawn men.There was also woe for Seaton who lost their C Division encounter with Dartington & Totnes by six wickets. Matt Hewer (49), Greg Foxwell (48) and Ben Copp (27no) were the principle run getters in Seaton's offering of 193-5. But that was passed by the South Devon outfit for the loss of just four wickets, three of which fell to Joseph Berry (3-42).On Saturday, Seaton go to Plymouth Civil Service who will start the day in fourth, one place and two points better off than Mike Wheeler's men.Better news from Acland Park, though, as Feniton moved efficiently into second place behind C Division leaders Cockington with a 21-run win in a thrilling game against Tiverton. It was a low scoring affair with Feniton batting first and needing knocks from Mark Kingdom (20), Toby Devine (33) and Graham Tucker (21), to achieve a closing total of 174.But then Russ Whitton once again rolled back the years to work up a head of steam to claim 4-23 and, with great support from Jon Pyle (3-34) the Mid Devon visitors were bowled out for 153.In the D Division, Ottery St Mary were beaten at Thorverton where the home side seized the leadership of the D Division, inflicting a 112 run defeat on the visitors.Things had started well for Ottery, as six of the home side were back in the pavilion with only 125 on the board, thanks to the efforts of Rob Johns (2-70) and Sam Tennant (2-22). But then a seventh wicket partnership took the hosts past the fifth batting point prior to them declaring on 231-7.The reply never really got out of first gear and was all done and dusted for a meagre 119. Jodie Clements supplied the top score with 25, but it was the same middle order bat that scored the home runs and did the damage with the ball as Adam Staniforth claimed 6-25 to leave Ottery well beaten. On Saturday Ottery host Uplyme in a local derby. Victory for either side will propel them into the top half of the table.Uplyme nailed their second success of the season with a 58 run win in a low-scoring affair at Babbacombe. Batting first, only Mark Batey (55) and Derek Wellman (22) were able to trouble the scorers for too long in an innings that closed on 143.This proved more than enough, though, as the Caddy brothers worked up a decent head of steam in the South Devon bowl to remove eight of the home batsmen between them.Ashley finished with figures of 5-25 in a dozen overs and Adam netted himself 3-16. Steve Batey bagged the other two wickets to fall as Babbacombe's final wicket fell with the score on 85 and Uplyme travelled home with that second win of the campaign.Kilmington continue to find life in the lower Division hard and they are also without a win this term after losing by 24 runs at home to Yelverton. The visitors batted first and were bowled out for 194 as Ralph Cook, Ben Noble and Tom Wallis each claimed a brace of wickets but such is the way the dice are currently rolling at Kilmington that the reply was a disappointing 170. Rory Hellier (31) and Roland Stonex (29) were the main run getters for the home side leaving skipper Tom Gooding to say: "We came up short with the bat again, it's another disappointing result for us, and we do need to find a win from somewhere soon to kick start the campaign."It does not get any easier for Gooding and his side for next up they travel to promotion seeking Hatherleigh who last weekend knocked leaders Lewdown off top spot.In the E Division Whimple are a side most certainly on the march and they proved much too powerful for hosts Kentisbeare who they beat by a whopping 140 runs. Chris Palfrey was again in fine form with the bat, hitting 93 and leading his side to within a single blow of 300 as Matt Hammond (57), Adam Holmes (43no) and Rich Brown (40) all made contributions.The hosts were soon in trouble at 30-4 and the reply closed on 157 as Adam Holmes completed a fine all-round performance with a fivefer to go with his earlier runs. Holmes finished with 5-16 from seven superb overs and skipper Jono Burdon bagged 3-56, although he was quick to admit that much of his bowling had been dispatched to all parts of the Kentisbeare ground, saying: "Delighted to say I got three wickets, although it really does need to be recorded that those wickets came at a heavy price. One or two of their batsmen took a liking to my offerings! The Whimple win keeps them tucked nicely in behind section leaders Ashburton.Upottery were beaten by three wickets at Hemyock after being bowled out for 142 but then very nearly getting their own back before the home side limped crossed the winning line at 143-7. Tom Wyatt (27) and Lee Jefferson (25) were the only batsmen to make much of an impression as Derek Hart took 3-19, Nick Allen 2-27 and Peter Kittow 2-24.Home skipper John Hurley then led the successful run chase with 35 and there was a timely knock of 19 from Alex Baird with Peter Kittow (6no) and Josh Essex (7no) there at the close as victory was reached. Stuart Drew and Gary Kennard each took a couple of wickets for the beaten visitors.On Saturday make the trip to Mid Devon to meet Newton St Cyres.Yarcombe were involved in one of the few games on the day that saw both sides claim maximum batting points. Jonathan Rich hit a superb half century for Yarcombe and, together with Simon Durrant (49) and skipper Nigel Parris (30), helped the side to close on a very respectable 220-9.However, Shaldon's skipper then plundered a magnificent 82 at the top of the order to set his side up for what was eventually a fine win. Stumps arrived with the South Devon side on 224-5, with Rex Helston the pick of the home bowlers taking 3-75.Next up for Yarcombe is a trip to Kingskerswell on Saturday afternoon.Upottery 2nd XI went down by five wickets at home to Kentisbeare II after being bowled out for just 117. Only Graham Pidgeon (14no) and Alex Fensome (12) provided the biggest single scores whilst three players, Bruce Inglis, Dean Crabb and Simon Bath, each had knocks of 11. The total was never enough to force a victory despite an excellent six overs from Matt Frost that saw him finish with 2-14. Dean Crabb (2-20) and Simon Bath, were the other wicket takers.Axminster IVs went down to a heavy defeat at home to Exeter Civil Service III who bundled out the Cloakham Lawn side for just 59 in 32 overs. Ed Board (11) and Chris Friend (10no) were the only home batsmen into double figures and then only Neil Jones (1-18), was able to claim a wicket as the visiting side completed victory with the pavilion clock showing 5.25pm.Seaton III were nine-wicket winners at Cullompton II where they hustled the hosts out for 77 in just 21 overs. Phil Collins (3-8), Will Jenkins (3-15), Anthony Chadwick (2-17) and Pete Lawson (2-31), combined to bowl the home side out and then knocks from John Wheeler (37) and Pete Strawbridge (29) ensured that the two sides were shaking hands on the completion of the game when they should have been sitting for tea!
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