Seaton skipper speaks about teams winning start to new league term

PUBLISHED: 21:49 14 May 2019

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock


Some 20 years ago Seaton had an Australian playing for them who went by the name of Kevin Daye.

On matchday two of the new Tolchards Devon League B Division campaign, 19-year-old Ryan Daye, son of Kevin, served up a Man of the Match all-round performance for Seaton - and all this less than 36 hours after he had stepped off a plane from Australia!

The Aussie teenager, who was in the Seaton nets within 12 hours of landing in the country, opened the innings with Matt Hewer in the game at Brixham and the pair took their team close to 100 before they were parted with Daye run out having scored 48 from 74 deliveries. Hewer remained through to the close of the innings when he was unbeaten on 63 as Seaton ended their 45 overs with the bat on 182-6.

Ben Libby had the 'best of the rest' of the contributions with his knock of 14 and the total was boosted by 25 wides in an extras total of 41!

When Brixham batted it was opening seamer Ben Libby who did the initial damage, claiming three quick wickets.

However, it was second change Daye who took the bowling honours as he sent down nine overs and returned the impressive figures of 4-9! Kersley Sutton bagged a brace of wickets; he too had good figures of 2-11 from 4.4 overs and Brixham were bundled out for just 92 in 35.4 overs.

Seaton skipper Ben Morgan, who had led the side to a matchday one victory over Bovey Tracey 2nds, was one of 16 players unavailable for the club on matchday two.

He said: "Joel [Seward] took the reins and tells me the lads all chipped in with what was another very solid all-round performance.

That is the most pleasing things of what has been a difficult start to the new league season, one that has seen us already use 17 different players in the first two games!"

He continued: "For the trip to Brixham we were able to call on 67-year-old Andy Carter and also John Hocking, who had not previously played for something like 20 years!

"So, to return with another big win is so satisfying and it is also worth pointing out that even though we had so many out we still fulfilled our 2nd XI game as well!

"That all speaks volumes for the goodwill we have around the club that people will step in and step up at relatively short notice!"

Seaton are set to be without two of their first choice XI for the entire season. That is certainly the case for the unfortunate Ollie Aplin, who suffered a bad injury playing rugby during the past season that will keep him out of any sporting action until December, while Josh Cann, who broke his arm in two places playing football for Dunkeswell Rovers last week, may struggle to get the pads back on, certainly until the latter stages of the season, if not miss the whole campaign. Captain Morgan says: "It's sad for Ollie and Josh and we will miss them both, but the thing that has stood out for me over the first two games is just how the lads have simply 'got on with it' and refused to dwell on the players that are not with us for whatever reason."

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