Seaton win again and now the 'P' word needs to be considered!
PUBLISHED: 14:16 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:16 31 July 2018
Seaton now hold a 17-point cushion between themselves in the second B Division promotion spot and the team lying third,
That’s all because, while Seaton were beating Thorverton by 77 runs, nearest rivals Tavistock had their home meeting with Cullompton washed out without a ball being bowled in anger.
That all means that now, with five games remaining – and Seaton meet Tavistock away on Saturday week – 84 points from their final five games will see them climb into the second tier of Devon League cricket once again.
Their meeting with Thorverton was hit a number of times by rain and ended up being a 35-pver contest.
After being put in, Seaton powered to 247-2 thanks to a splendid 50-ball 68 from Josh Cann and an unbeaten 88 from fellow opener Matt Hewer while skipper been Morgan chipped in with a 36-ball unbeaten 58.
In the reply skipper Morgan had ‘one of those moments’ when he dropped the then ‘flying’ Thorverton overseas batsman. An honest Morgan said ruefully: “It was a dolly and my two year old would surely have held it!”
As it was the Thorverton batsman was eventually caught on the boundary by Stephen Pritchard off Joe Berry and the Thors closed their innings on 170-9.
The principle wicket takers were Robbie Prior (3-27), Joe Berry (2-15) and Ben Libby (2-31).
Skipper Morgan said: “It was another fine all-round show and I must praise Josh [Cann] for he gave the innings the impetus while Matt [Hewer] made sure he gave Josh the strike and then, when I had a go he did the same for me and then, in the last 10 overs he too opened up. I was very confident at tea we had enough.”
So what now about the word ‘promotion’? Morgan says: “All season our main aim has been, and remains, to stay up, but we cannot hide any more form the very real possibility that we have worked ourselves into a position from which we could conceivably end up in a top two berth. That said we still have Tavistock to play away and they are comfortably the best side we have seen this season so far. Before that we face an Ipplepen side who are a decent outfit themselves. However, sitting second with five games to go is something rather special and it remains to be seen if we can sustain this through to the end of the campaign.”
On Saturday Morgan expects to be once again be at full strength for the visit of Ipplepen, a game they follow with back-to-back away matches, first at third placed Tavistock and then at table-topping Barton.