Seaton keep C Division East promotion hopes alive with Shaldon success

PUBLISHED: 14:18 14 July 2015

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Seaton kept their C Division East promotion hopes alive with a 113-run win at home to Shaldon.

Seaton have only batted first three times this season and two of those occasions have been against Shaldon!

It was Nick Beedell, once again staying in the area for his summer holidays, who top scored on his first appearance of the season for the home side. Beedell, batting at number four, clearly enjoyed the ‘road’ of a batting track prepared by Pete Anderson, hitting 57 and there were useful contributions from Joel Seward (37), skipper Ben Morgan (32) and Mike Wheeler (30no) as Seaton close don 243-7.

That proved more than enough to complete a season’s double over Shaldon who were then bowled out for 140.

Morgan, leading from the front, sent down nine superb overs to return impressive figures of 3-16. He then threw the ball to Robbie Prior to continue delivering from the Court Lane end and Prior maintained his skipper’s good work as his nine overs saw him return figures of 3-19. At that stage it meant 18 consecutive overs from the one end had seen six Shaldon wickets fall for just 35 runs! Joel Seward picked up two wickets for 40 as the Shaldon innings collapsed from a promising 91-3 to 140 all out.

Skipper Morgan said: “That was near enough the perfect performance. It was certainly as good as anything the team has served up this season. The batters did their job and then the fielders did the business, backed up by some excellent ground fielding. It was certainly a good day at the office for us.”

Next up sees Seaton entertain Kentisbeare. Morgan’s men go into the game sitting 39 points behind second placed Alphington. However, the Seaton skipper is not yet giving up on a top two finish. He said: “At the start of the season we planned for a top two finish and nothing has changed. We must look to win as many of the last seven games as we can, all hopefully, and see where that leaves us in the final reckoning.”

Seaton will be without the working Robbie Prior and also Sam Farrow who is at Lords watching some Ashes cricket.

Morgan says: “We had five 1st XI squad members missing for the Shaldon game so I am not concerned as we clearly have players to come in. It’s an opportunity for someone else.”

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