Seaton win again as do Kilmington, Whimple and Honiton, but defeat for Feniton as Tolchards Devon League reaches two-third mark of the campaign
PUBLISHED: 08:08 22 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:14 22 July 2018
Seaton stay second in the Tolchards Devon League B Division table and, with the league now two-thirds opf the way through, are clearly staring down the barrel of promotion to the second tier of Tolchards Devon League cricket after a three wicket win at Shobrooke Park.
After winning the toss and putting the hosts in, Seaton skipper Ben Morgan struck early, thanks to a Matt Hewer catch and then a brace of catches by wicket keeper Josh Cann – one of Joe Berry and one off Tim Mitchell and a caught and bowled for skipper Morgan, reduced the home side to 64-4. The innings rallied to reach112 before Kersley Sutton knocked over the stumps and, just two runs were added when another Hewer catch, this time to give Sutton a second wicket and Shobrooke Park were 123-6. Twenty-seven runs were added before a Sutton catch gave Mitchell and second wicket and it was University student Mitchell who then wiped out the tail to finish with the splendid figures of 5-42 from eight overs. Skipper Morgan’s return was a fine 2-24 from nine and there other wicket returns were from Sutton (2-19 fro six) and Joe Berry (12-28 from seven).
The early losses of Matt Hewer (1) and Josh Cann (19) proved to be only minor setbacks as Brian Cann (22) and Joel Seward (50) put together an 84-run third wicket partnership that set the foundation for the victory, one that was sealed by skipper Morgan’s unbeaten 31 with victory sealed with almost a full 10 overs to bowl. The Seward half century came off 85 deliveries and he scored six fours.
In C Division East, Kilmington came up their pursuit of leaders Sidmouth II by racking up a huge 460-9 in their home meeting with a Clyst Hydon side that had become the firs team to defeat Sidmouth II just seven days before.
Josh Short top scored for Kilmington with 132 and there was another fine knock from Tom Gooding, who scored 93 to take his run scoring to 729 for the season and he is currently averaging just over 90!
Clyst Hydon replied with 224-9 and the win leaves Kilmington sitting second, 13 points behind Sidmouth and both sides have six games to play – and will play each other when they meet at Kilmington on August 11.
Feniton are now 20 points from C Division East safety after they suffered a three wicket defeat at Exeter II, but there was better news for Whimple as they won by 102 runs on their visit to Budleigh II.
It was the Whimple late middle order batsmen who set up the win with skipper Ben Silk, batting at six, top scoring with 45 while number seven Will Bardot scored 32 and number eight Devon Nightingale chipped in with an unbeaten 26 as Whimple recovered from 91-5 to reach an all out total of 218.
Early wickets for opening seamers Stephen Hathaway and Neil Maud hit the Budleigh reply and they were eventually bundled out for 116 in just 28 overs. All six Whimple bowlers claimed at least one wicket with Cameron Kidd taking top honours with his return of 3-38 from six overs. The other figures were; Devon Nightingale 2-4 from three), Sam Jefferson (2-11 from five), Matt Brown (1-16 from three), Neil Maud (1-19 from five) and Stephen Hathaway (1-24 from six).
Honiton made it 11 wins in 12 E Division East outings with a six wicket Mountbatten Park win over Topsham St James. The Tops were bowled out for 140 in 41.2 overs with Ian Kelly taking the bowling honours with a return of 4-22 and there were two wickets for skipper Adam Holmes (2-15) and Willy Graham (2-22).
Honiton needed just 26.2 overs to complete a comprehensive victory with Ben Kidson top scoring with a run-a-ball 39 and number three bat Peter Matravers, seeing the home side over the line with an unbeaten 36.