Seaton keep promotion hopes alive with Filleigh victory

PUBLISHED: 21:37 28 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:49 04 August 2015

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Seaton kept alive their outside hopes of promotion from the C Division East of the Tolchards League when they defeated Filleigh in a thriller that went down to the final over.

With the Filleigh pitch being turned over to the annual fair the match was switch to North Molton.

Batting first on a rain hit track Seaton battled their way to 160-9 with Mike Wheeler top scoring with a gritty unbeaten 35. To underline just how tough it was to accrue runs, the home side after 123 overs were 58-3.

Joel Seward (32) and J Bond (30) chipped in to get the total to a competitive total.

With the wicket drying rapidly batting got considerably easier after tea and Filleigh raced to 76-1 after 10 overs. At the 22 overs mark they were 115-4 with a home win seemingly a formality!

However, Seaton skipper Ben Morgan opted for a left arm attack and Joel Seward and Mike Wheeler began to restrict the runs and also take wickets.

Filleigh got to 148-6 with plenty of overs to go and the winning line in sight. They were then 157-8 needing just four to win. Joe Berry bagged his fourth wicket of the match and then Ben Libby picked up and threw to the non-strikers end where skipper Morgan whipped the bails off to run out the non-striking batsman and Seaton had won a thriller by a margin of three runs! Berry finished with figures of 4-50 and Seward took three wickets for 32 runs.

A relived Morgan said: “It was a thriller. For me, what got us over the line was the strength of resolve and character in the team. It’s all begun to come right now and we have won the last three matches. All we can dos is to keep winning and hope the opportunity comes for us to finish in a top two berth. Obviously it’s a long shot as the games run out, but what we will keep doing is battling and showing the sort of character we showed at North Molton.”

The game against Filleigh marked the debut of young Ben Goodier who earned his call-up after some fine shows in the 2nd XI.

On Saturday Seaton host promotion seeking Uplyme and Lyme Regis who inflicted only a second defeat of the league season on table-topping Ottery St Mary.

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