Seward and Wraight - Axminster's heroes
PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:36 15 June 2010
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A miserable first month of the new season ended on a high note for Axminster.
A miserable first month of the new season ended on a high note for Axminster as they won their first game in this season's B Division at the fifth time of asking, beating Kingsbridge by a whopping nine wickets. Joel Seward and Alex Wraight were the heroes with the ball as the pair combined to send all but one of the visitors packing as their innings floundered on 102. This proved a comfortable target for the home side as Jack Willow (39no) and Paul Miller (49no) saw to it that Axminster won by nine wickets.Seaton slipped up for the first time in C Division when they went down to Cockington, who beat them by six wickets. Ben Copp (36no), skipper Mike Wheeler (35no) and Rob Warner saw their side to maximum batting points at 213-7, but the visitors engaged in a successful run chase, closing out the game on 215-4 led home by an unbeaten centurion.Feniton chalked up another win as they beat hosts Exeter Civil Service by 90 runs. There was no single stand-out innings from the Feniton batsmen but what they did collectively produce was runs down the card as Adi Pullin (44), Alex Frankpitt (38), Brian Cann (31) and Dave Haysom (23), all made contributions. The home side were then bundled out for just 124 as John Pyle (3-41), John French (3-41) and Russ Whitton (3-20), all took wickets.Kilmington would surely never have envisaged, after dropping out of C Division at the end of last season that they would get through the first month's fixtures at the lower level and still be without a first victory of the season, but that is precisely how they find themselves five games into the campaign.They batted as well as they have this term, taking maximum batting points with 224-9. Mind you, they were in a spot of trouble with half the side out and only 86 on the board when former Axminster player Danny Larcombe joined Ralph Cook in the middle and the pair steadied the ship to allow it to sail past the fifth batting point before closing on 224-9. Larcombe was out shortly before tea with 73, Cook remained unbeaten to the interval with 60 and Wyn Willmott chipped in with 21.With the wicket playing so well, the visiting batsmen found batting much to their liking and they cruised to victory with a full three overs, and seven wickets to spare. Three defeats in five outings is a miserable statistic not lost on Kilmington skipper Tom Gooding who says: "We really do need to find that winning habit, and quickly. We did at least bat pretty well and set a decent enough total but, on a superb surface, they also batted well. We have not had a great start but there's plenty of the season left to kick-start the campaign and I am sure that that much vaunted first win will herald an immediate upturn in our fortunes, as well as doing much for our all- round confidence."Uplyme & Lyme Regis were well beaten by bottom of the table Whitchurch when they went down by 89 runs. The visitors had arrived without a win to their name in the opening four outings but perhaps the home side had that evening's Torquay- based football night out on their minds as Whitchurch first scored 217-8, two wickets each for skipper Ashley Caddy and Steve Batey, and then bundled out the hosts for a mere 128.Skipper Caddy said: "On the day we were well beaten by the better side and there's not much else to be said about it than that."Ottery St Mary played their part in a thrilling encounter at Yelverton. This was a contest that was in the balance right up until the final delivery, ending in a draw with the home side taking the lion's share of the points.Batting first, the hosts had posted a healthy 221-9, with Rob Johns (3-42) and Mark Woodman (2-47), the main wicket takers.With 13 overs remaining, the reply stood on 161-6 with all results possible right up until that final delivery as the Otters closed on 205-9. John Tierney hit 51 and Steve Forbes (30), provided the main scores in the Ottery innings.Whimple drew at Countess Wear where the home side posted a reasonable 179-6. Dan Van Grudgings was the most successful Whimple bowler with 3-37 but his team mates found life tough with the bat as they laboured to a reply of 109-8. Rob Brown top scored with an unbeaten 36 and Mike Searle chipped in with 26.Phil Tansley was once again the match-winning star for Honiton as they beat Woodbury by 45 runs at Mountbatten Park. Tansley (69) and Rob Ingram (40) put on 80 priceless runs for the seventh wicket to enable the home side to post a competitive total of 182-9. The bulk of the top order runs came from skipper Pete Matravers with 31. James Taylor took 3-44 and Kevin Miller 2-45, but it was James Kavanagh who produced the stand out figures of 4-10 from four overs as he took full advantage of being in the attack during the closing overs when the Mountbatten Park men were looking to put fast runs on the board. When the visitors batted, they looked very comfortable on 75 for the loss of just two batsmen, but then suddenly lost six for the addition of only 10 runs and, from 85-8, limped to an all out total of 137 in the 34th over. James Kavanagh top scored with 53, being put down by the Honiton skipper before going on to register a half century but was finally out. Much to Matravers' relief, when he followed one down leg side that keeper George Meadows took and Kavanagh did not wait for the umpire's decision before starting the walk back to the pavilion. Ingram took 2-6 and Kev Kelly claimed 3-47, but it was Tansley who delivered the serious blows with 5-42. Matravers said: "It was good all-round cricket by the side. We were in trouble with half the side back in the hutch but Phil (Tansley) and Rob (Ingram) dug us out of trouble, helped us to set a target and then the pair played big roles, with Kev Kelly with the ball, to bring us victory."Upottery had, on paper, the afternoon's toughest game as they travelled to face early leaders Filleigh and they returned to East Devon as the first outfit this season to avoid defeat at the hands of the North Devon side. Dan Broom was the pick of the Upottery bowlers with 3-43 in a total of 221-8 and then Dave Woolacott struck an unbeaten 67, but no one else was able to make much impression, indeed the next largest contribution were some 43 extras as the reply closed on 175-8.Yarcombe were put to the sword by Culmstock who came, conquered and left with an eight-wicket win leaving home skipper Nigel Parris to lament: "We were under the impression that they would not arrive with their contingent of rugby players who we were told would possibly be at Twickenham taking in the England versus Barbarians game, so when they all rolled out we knew it was going to be tougher than expected. To be fair they gave us a good turning over on the day, although dropping five catches, at least, meant we certainly did not help ourselves."Batting first, the home side closed on 143-9 led by Simon Hovell (28) and James Orpin (19) as visiting skipper Adam Gingell, Marcus Busch and Simon Kittow, each bagged a brace of wickets. Culmstock hurried past the finishing line losing just two wickets in the process. The wickets falling to Richard Griffiths and Simon Hovell.Honiton 2nd XI continued their excellent early season form with a 130-run win over Axminster. Batting first, with two out and only 42 on the board it was left to skipper Andrew Lapping and Ian Kelly to begin innings rebuilding work.Kelly put bat to ball with great effect, hitting 10 fours in a fine knock of 56, whilst Lapping struck a more cultured half century, ending with 55, an innings that included seven fours a two sixes.The pair put on 112 for the third wicket and, after both departed, Joe Dixon (25) and Alex Sanderson (29), enabled Honiton to declare on 229-7 after 41 overs.Craig Lapping's swing bowling accounted for the first four Axminster batsmen. The middle order, and certainly the tail, wagged sufficiently but when the final wicket fell the reply was only on 100 with Martyn Schmidt taking 3-8.