Seaton win at Shobrooke and promotion is now a very real possibility
PUBLISHED: 10:28 25 July 2018
Seaton were three wickets winners on their visit to Shobrooke Park and, as a result of this latest victory is that, with two thirds of the league season now completed, Seaton are sitting in one of the two promotion spots, 10 points shy of leaders Barton and four points clear of third placed Tavistock, and they play both those teams on successive Saturdays in August.
Upon arrival at Shobrooke Park Seaton skipper Ben Morgan found a damp patch in the middle of the wicket ‘on a length’ and knew that the toss was going to be all-important.
He duly won the toss, put the home side in, and then saw his bowlers do their work very well, ultimately bundling the home side out for 166. Tim Mitchell had the honour of sending down the final over and, with three balls of the innings to go, the hosts had three more wickets to fall, but Richard Pyle was bowled off his pads and the next man in holed out at long on to Matt Hewer – his third catch of the day and the final delivery was pulled straight into the hands of Steve Pritchard at square leg and Mitchell ended the innings with a hat-trick!
Seaton lost opener Hewer to the home side’s overseas player early on and, when Josh Cann was harshly adjudged leg before, Seaton were two down without many on the board. However, Brian Cann, who made 22, was joined by Joel Seward and the pair took the chase into three figures with Seward scoring an 85-ball 50. Skipper Morgan then struck an unbeaten 31 to see his side home.
A delighted Morgan said: “The toss was crucial, make no mistake about that. The damp patch certainly played its part in proceedings. In general we played a good all-round game and, once again, our bowlers have collectively put a shift in before the batters did their work. I thought Brian [Cann] and Joel [Seward} did ever so well to steady us after the early two wickets and I’d like to think we eased our way to a comfortable victory in the end.”
So, with just six games to go, is the Seaton skipper yet considering the word ‘promotion’? He says: “Hand on heart I’d be lying if I said I had not though about it. But you know, ever since day one the season’s mission has always been ensuring we start next season, at the very least, as a B Division outfit. Of course, when you sit in a promotion spot with one third of the campaign to play people are bound to ask you about the ‘P’ word! That talk will get louder if we are able to win the next two games which see us meet an improving Thorverton and then Ipplepen before we have the back-to-back meetings with Barton and Tavistock – games that will surely determine whether we end the season with what we hoped for – ie staying up, or indeed we end up with something more than that and a place in the A Division next season.”
On Saturday, for the game with Thorverton, a fixture they lost when they travelled to Mid Devon earlier in the campaign, Seaton will have Robbie Prior back with them after he missed the win at Shobrooke Park.