Superb Strawbridge knock as Honiton 2nds edged out in Plymouth

PUBLISHED: 10:16 31 May 2012

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Honiton were narrolwy beaten in their game at Plymouth Civil Service and Roborough II.

The Honiton Pete Beighton (how is the poor old boy?) memorial bus of doom set sail for the exotic climes of a wind swept hilltop somewhere in the distant reaches of Buckfastleigh to meet C Division high fliers, unbeaten Plymouth Civil Service and Roborough.

With the pitch looking full of runs the toss was won and Honiton skipper Andrew Lapping had no hesitation in batting first.

However, despite the road-like track, Sluman went for seven and Groves for a two-ball duck.

Strawbridge began to find his range while benefitting from the first of what were to be 11 dropped catches in the Honiton innings!

Skipper Lapping helped set the innings back on an even-keel with 16 before self destructing to a slow, wide half volley.

Brinsford made a handy 20 before succumbing to an LBW.

Oli Alcock helped himself to a couple of sixes off Becky Piddock. However, the lady cricketer had her revenge, taking the wickets of both Pulman and Alcock to make it 165-8.

Strawbridge finally holed out on the deep mid-wicket fence for a fine 84 (11 fours) and the final wicket went down 30 or so runs light of a par score on 171.

The home reply was immediately disadvantaged by Brinsford bowling Maloney and Sanders with successive balls and Jake Pulman (2 for 49), having Piddock leg before to make it 14-3 in the third over.

Keeper Strawbridge was surprised by one which flew through to impact his cranium, requiring specialised treatment from a family sized bag of chunky frozen chips!

Alcock struck the timbers in his second over to make it 60-5 and Honiton were in the ascendency.

Then the rot set in as catches began to go down, the luckless Hill being denied wickets on four occasions.

Brinsford returned to see if he could restore order and was presently in business thanks to the superbly agile Hemery, diving forward at short mid-wicket, to take a catch as Honiton had a final roll of the dice at 138-6.

Thereafter the home side kept the runs flowing freely, despite Brinsford striking in the 41st over to finish with figures of 4-35 from eleven splendid overs, but the home side cantered to victory with three wickets and four overs to spare.

Honiton will be heartened by the way they gave one of the top teams in the division a scare, Skipper Andrew Lapping was in a confident mood despite the loss.

He said: “We showed good fight again today, which is what got us in the division in the first place, with each game we are improving without yet being able to select our full strength side so despite losing. I am happy with how we are going at this stage.”

He continued: “ We had a couple colts playing their first league games and some people making their first appearance of the season and none let themselves down. We were just a bit light of runs on a good pitch, but that will come the more people play and get some form”.

On Saturday Honiton entertain a Barnstaple and Pilton II side who sit immediately below Honiton in the table.


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