Seward true Corinthian as Axminster claim cup

PUBLISHED: 17:35 19 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 15 June 2010

Corinthian Cup: IT was third time lucky for Axminster as they claimed the Corinthian Cup in fine style with a 33-run win over Kingsbridge.

Corinthian Cup: IT was third time lucky for Axminster as they claimed the Corinthian Cup in fine style with a 33-run win over Kingsbridge.

Two previous attempts to play the final had been foiled by the weather, so it was fingers crossed that the replay at Bovey Tracey would go ahead. Thankfully it did.

Skipper Gary Larcombe led from the front with 71 as Axminster posted 172 for six in their allocation of 18 eight-ball overs.

Larcombe and Joel Seward, whose knock of 56 helped win him the Man of the Match award, put on 107 for the third wicket after Axminster had been wobbling at 21 for two.

Aussie Dave Salter (3-29) removed Seward and was the pick of the Kingsbridge bowlers. Josh Dorey (2-57) was next best.

An asking rate of more than nine an over was always a stiff one for Kingsbridge, but they had Axminster worried for a while as openers Steve Gledhill (41) and Steve Tall (15) made a 65-run hole in the deficit.

Wickets started to tumble once the partnership was broken with Ashley Treeby (17) the only batter to hang around long.

Losing six wickets for 35 runs shot the rigging away as far as Kingsbridge were concerned as they dipped to 139 all out with four balls to go.

Andrew Guppy (2-36) and Nick Taylor (2-13) helped put Kingsbridge on the slide, but it was Seward (2-19) who finished them off to claim the Man of the Match trophy.

By Conrad Sutcliffe

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