Seaton edged out by table toping Clyst Hydon

PUBLISHED: 15:56 04 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:56 04 June 2013

Seaton II versus Whimple II

Seaton II versus Whimple II


Seaton slipped to a second successive defeat of the Francis Clark, Devon League D Division season when beaten by nine runs at home to table-topping Clyst Hydon.

The Mid Devon side batted first and Seaton can be pleased with their efforts with the ball as they restricted the powerful visitors to 224-7 with Ben Libby and Alex Hunt each claiming three wicket hauls whilst Phil Collins, who took the new ball with Libby, also bowled superbly. Clyst Hydon were a troubled 55-4 at drinks and shortly after the resumption Ian Sutton was put down on 15. That proved costly as he went on to score a match-winning 71.

The Seaton reply was in tatters at 9-4 after ten overs. Skipper Ben Morgan and Mark Bray settled things down and put on 84 for the fifth wicket when Morgan was run out to a stunning single stump hit from a fielder! Bray continued to lead the revival and edge Seaton nearer the winning line until he was out for 64. Phil Collins, batting at eight, hit a superb 46 and number nine Libby chipped in with 20, but the final wicket fell on 215 with Seaton a couple of lusty blows away from victory themselves.

Morgan said: “It was certainly a game that swung one way and then back the other. We showed we are close to a team that most seem to believe will go on and win the title. For our part we did not field particularly well, but in the dressing room post match all the players knew that and I am sure we’ll sharpen that part of our game up.”

On Saturday Seaton travel to the team that currently sit between them and Clyst Hydon at the summit, Ashburton.

John Waterhouse and possible Richard Warner, neither of who played against Clyst Hydon should be back for the game.

Morgan said: “This is a big game now, we don’t want to lose a third match and we don’t want to slip any further off the pace.”

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