Seaton win at Filleigh suggests this season might get ‘even better’!
PUBLISHED: 11:17 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:17 12 July 2018
Seaton recorded a wonderful two wicket win at Filleigh, a result which means that Ben Morgan and his men are now ‘very much’ involved in the thick of the promotion race.
The home side opted to bat first and some disciplined Seaton bowing had them reduced to 115-9 before their last pair resisted sufficiently to take them to 141 all out.
Seaton skipper Ben Morgan led the bowling returns with his 3-20 and there were two wickets each for Joel Seward (2-26), Robbie Prior (2-36) and Tim Mitchell (2-21).
The Seaton run chase was led by a splendid half-century from Seward and a top order contribution of 44 from Matt Hewer as the run chase was completed with two wickets to spare. However, that’s not the ‘full story’ of the reply for, despite a 95-run second wicket partnership between Hewer and Seward, Seaton then suffered a collapse and slipped from 102-2, to 117-3 and then 135-8. It was left to the seasoned Seaton campaigner Ed Hunt, called up as a Friday night replacement for the ill Kersley Sutton, to swing his arms and put the ball to the boundary to bring up the victory.
A delighted Morgan said: “It was a big win in every sense and I, for one, was so pleased that it was Ed [Hunt] who played such a big part in getting us over the line. Our feet remain firmly on the ground and we are certainly resisting any talk of anything other than simply making sure we are again a B Division team next season.”
He continued: “Of course, when you beat one of the two teams above you, it leads to fielding talk of promotion and how far you can go, but we are being level-headed about it and I am still looking first at the 45 points between us and safety.”
The next four games for Seaton are all against teams in the bottom half of the table, starting with this Saturday’s (July 14) visit of basement dwellers Babbacombe. With the South Devon side having lost nine of their 10 matches so far, surely Seaton are set for a comfortable afternoon. Not so says Morgan: “An old cliché it may be, but there really are no easy games. This is the third tier of the County League and everyone is very capable of beating everyone else. We need to focus fully on our own game and not worry about opposition strength, or weakness. If we play to our potential then we will be OK.”
One thing that is becoming an ‘issue’ for the Seaton skipper is that he is now, for the first time in his nine years of skippering the team, beginning to face selection dilemmas. “It’s unprecedented for me, in my time as skipper, to have 15 or 16 all available and worthy of a starting berth. So soon it is very much going to be a case of playing for your 1st XI spot and that can only be a good thing both for us as a team and Seaton as a club,” said Morgan.