Seaton skipper: "It was a perfect performance"
PUBLISHED: 15:12 26 June 2018
Seaton skipper Ben Morgan was delighted how the match turned out when his team won by seven runs on their visit to Plymstock.
At the toss, Morgan was in a quandary, something he explained saying: “I think I’d have opted to bowl first had it not been for the fact I knew Joel Seward was going to be late. So that changed my thinking and I opted to bat first.”
With Brian Cann, Ed Hunt and Matt Hewer all back in the pavilion with just 30 runs on the board Morgan confessed to worrying if he had got it ‘horribly wrong’. He said: “It was bizarre really as the wicket was certainly a variable bounce one! When Matt fell as the third wicket we were fortunate that Joel [Seward] had arrived and he and Ollie Pinnock got us back into the game with a really gritty 66 run partnership. Ollie batted so well and the Joel knock was honestly as good as I have seen from him. When I joined him he told me his plan was to stay there and let others bat around him and his 101 ball stay at the crease for his 42 was arguably the match-wining contribution.”
Morgan continued: “Chris Aplin, in his first outing this season, struck an important 41-ball 38 from the number eight berth and I was very content at the interval with our score of 185.”
That total duly proved sufficient to bring Seaton a fifth win of the campaign, albeit by a margin of just seven runs, but Morgan was always confident his side would see the game out.
He said: “Once again the bowlers all chipped in and, for the second week running the middle over work that came from Kersley [Sutton] and Joe [Berry] were pivotal to our success.”
He continued: “Our fielding was top drawer too and I would best describe the performance as ‘perfect’. As for our league position and the fact we head into Saturday’s home game with Cullompton sitting a lofty third I am keeping my feet firmly on the ground.
“We might be third – and incidentally we have also beaten the two teams above us, Filleigh and Barton –but, in a ridiculously close league, we are also just 20 points off the second bottom spot. What is clear is that everybody is capable of beating everybody else and it will be the most consistent teams that end in the loftier slots come the end of August.
“As clichéd as it sounds, we must simply look for that consistency, ensure good availability and keep playing cricket with a smile on our faces.
“If we do that then we will be okay and our season’s original target of staying in the division will be achieved.”