Seaton get pain from the rain.

PUBLISHED: 09:51 10 August 2011

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Seaton were hit by weather problems that left them feeling all washed-up in their game against Clyst Hydon at Court Lane.

The problem for Seaton was most not certainly on the field of play – it was off it!

Batting first, Seaton had moved smoothly to 97-4 with 16 overs remaining and looking on target for a 200 plus total. Then the heavens opened and left the players for the next two hours watching TV in the pavilion. Then, when the game resumed, the rule book deemed that Seaton could have only four further overs to compete their innings. Those 24 deliveries realised a further 30 runs, Seaton closing on 127-5 with the main contributions coming from John Waterhouse (44), Mark Bray (28no) and Nick Beedell (31).

However, that total was never going to trouble a promotion chasing Clyst Hydon side that then had plenty of time to pace their successful run chase, one they closed out on 128-3.

A dejected Seaton skipper Ben Morgan said: “It was so disappointing. I cannot fault the players who responded magnificently to the rallying call to get stuck into their individual responsibilities and deliver, something they all did with real gusto. The problem for us was the weather and the rule book which left us with those four overs after the resumption and really that was not time to add to what had been a decent total being built. We live to fight another day though and the battle to beat the drop goes on. One thing’s for sure, we’ll give it all we have got over the last four games to try and keep the side in the C Division.”

Seaton begin their run-in to the season’s end on Saturday with a visit from fourth placed Stoke Gabriel.

They then travel to a Bideford side that are currently 23 points and two places above them and then they go to mid-table Ivybridge before ending the campaign with a Saturday, September 3 visit of Ashburton.


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