Seaton keep winning run going with Filleigh success

PUBLISHED: 08:43 26 May 2015 | UPDATED: 08:43 26 May 2015

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Seaton skipper Ben Morgan suffered a bitter-sweet afternoon as his team eventually sealed a three wicket home win over Filleigh.

The reasons behind a frustrating time for Morgan was that his side had the visitors at 96-8, only for them to rally to a close of 173, and then Seaton themselves were a troubled 15-3 and then 45-5, before they got over the winning line.

Filleigh batted first and a superb spell from second-change bowler Phil Collins, who ended with five wickets for 20 runs, saw them eventually bowled out for 173. Ben Libby picked up a brace of wickets for 28 runs. Some of the home fielding was of the highest order, as shown by a number of stunning catches! Robbie Prior, Mark Bray and Joe Berry each held on to chances that saw an end to three of the top four Filleigh batsmen.

The Seaton reply was a worrying 15 for three and then a troubled 45-5 before skipper Morgan joined Joel Seward and the pair added 64 for the sixth wicket with Morgan, batting at number seven, the sixth man down for 36. Seward stayed put and was joined by 16-year-old wicketkeeper Ollie Pinnock (12) and the pair added a further 50 to take the home side to the edge of victory when the youngster departed.

That left Ben Libby to join Seward and the pair saw their side to a three wicket win.

Seward served up the stand-out performance with the bat trooping off at the close with an unbeaten 81 to his name.

A relieved Morgan said: “It was certainly one of those days you get in cricket. With them eight down I’d have thought 120 was the top score they’d get. To be fair their tail dug deep. We found the edge a few times, but nothing was going our way. That said, had someone told me before the game we’d have them all out for 173, of course I’d have taken it! Then we got into a right pickle with the bat before finally getting home. A huge positive for me from this particular game is that we have shown the strength in depth we now have. It makes a captain’s job a lot easier when everyone knows they’ll have an important role to play at some stage either in a particular match or across the season.”


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