Thriller to the last ball

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 15 June 2010

P3219-25-08TI Fen v Seaton.Batting for Feniton is Dave Haysam.
photo Terry Ife

P3219-25-08TI Fen v Seaton.Batting for Feniton is Dave Haysam. photo Terry Ife

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Axminster's promotion push received a set back as they fell to a heavy 136-run defeat at Plymstock which saw Danny Larcombe s side plummet from 2nd to 5th.

Axminster's promotion push received a set back as they fell to a heavy 136-run defeat at Plymstock which saw Danny Larcombe's side plummet from 2nd to 5th. The hosts scored 275-4, this after being 80-3, two wickets for Nick Taylor, and then bundled Axminster out for just 129 with only Raul East (44) and Pete Hayball (26) making any impression with the bat. Given the fact that half the regular side were not on duty, Larcombe reflected post match: "I knew we might have a problem or two as we had some youngsters in, but games like this are all part of the bigger picture. It's a sharp learning curve for some of them but they will be the better for the experience." Joel Seward, Robbie Prior, Sean Perry, Keith Rockett and the skipper himself all missed the game through other commitments, most of them work, as Larcombe ruefully said: "It was a long old haul and, with some of the lads committed to a full morning's work, they just couldn't make the trip." The East Devon derby at Acland Park ended all square with honours slightly with the home camp after they took the greater points tally out of a thrilling contest that yielded 480 runs and saw all but two of the wickets fall. Brian Cann top scored for the home side with 86, Dave Haysom (70) and skipper Mark Kingdom (47) also making healthy contributions to a total of 249. Ben Copp and Mike Cottam both claimed four wickets and then Cottam, playing only his second game for the side after a lengthy absence, top scored with 70 from the number eight berth. Skipper Mike Wheeler hit 45 and Matt Hewer helped out with 29 as the game petered out with Seaton 218-8 at the close of play. This though was something of a 'recovery' with the score at one stage 94-6. Andy Rose and Stuart Bright both picked up three wickets each, and there were also a couple for Jonathan Pyle. Seaton skipper Mike Wheeler said: "It was an excellent contest, one that swung both ways. I felt that, given they were 200 odd for just the one, to bowl them out for 249 was a huge plus for us, and then, when 94-6 in the reply myself and Mike (Cottam) very nearly turned the game on its head. Four overs from home they came back at us and so a draw is probably a fair result on the balance of play."Opposite number Mark Kingdom said: "That's an opportunity missed for me. We both had chances to go on and make a 300 plus score, and didn't, and then, with half their side gone and 100 not on the board, I'd have backed us to finish them off. Credit where it's due, the two Mikes batted very well for them. At one stage they looked capable of going on and winning but I brought Russell (Whitton) back on and you know what you get with him; he immediately shut them out of the winning route."On Saturday Seaton host Stoke Gabriel Feniton entertain Tiverton.Kilmington went down by 50 runs at Clyst Hydon where they did well enough with the ball, bowling the hosts out for 236 with Tom Gooding taking a 'fivefer'. Gooding is very much a 'part time bowler', one described by his brother, skipper Ian, as "one of those batsmen who thinks he's a bowler". Well, after delivering a 'fivefer' with his right arm off breaks, perhaps brother Ian will have to give him more of a bowl in future!The Kilmington reply got off to a positive start but three wickets were lost in the early 40s and that meant a change in thought. Gooding said: "Once the four wickets went down in close order we decided to look for the draw but they finally winkled us out two overs from home." Ralph Stonex (44), skipper Gooding (37) and Giles Dixon (31), provided the top scores and the reply floundered on 183. Gooding said: "We were beaten but I am not too down about this. Their opener batted superbly and, had we not lost those early wickets, I'd have been confident about a win chase. We will bounce back."On Saturday Gooding's side travel again when they make the trip to Kingsbridge and this week a large swathe of the side are hoping for good weather as the team are on their annual tour, this time in Cornwall.Ottery St Mary won their East Devon derby against Uplyme & Lyme Regis who clearly missed the all round talents of skipper Ashley Caddy, who, when called by the Herald for his post match comment, greeted the caller with: "Bonjour," as he was in France! Tim Daniels (57) and Mark Batey (40) put on 101 for the opening wicket and then Derek Wellman (38) helped take the score to a close of 192-6. That was not enough to force even a draw as the hosts powered home, led by a splendid unbeaten 93 from Martin Miller. Miler's knock included 17 fours, the last of which won the game. Robert Bradshaw-Smith (32) and Aussie Brian Burns (23) also chipped in with contributions as the hosts completed a five wicket win and recorded a second success in three outings. Neil Price (3-38) and Phil Norris (2-35) took the home side's wickets. On Saturday, the Otters travel to Dawlish. Uplyme are also on the road, they make the long trek across the county to Hatherleigh.Honiton's miserable start to the season, a run of six games with four defeats and two washouts, is finally able to sport a positive result, and with some style too as they took on, and thrashed, high flying Exeter Civil Service at Mountbatten Park. The visitors arrived having won their previous two games but the home bowlers were soon ripping in and, in double quick time, had got all ten wickets with the score board showing just 112. It was Kev Kelly who was the 'chief destroyer' with a four-wicket haul, Phil Tansley helped out with 3-27 and then Kelly hit an unbeaten 31 in support of skipper Pete Matravers (47no) as just two wickets were lost in a successful run chase. On Saturday, Honiton make the short trip up the A30 to Woodbury where another win will really help to show that the side's season is finally underway.Woodbury are beginning to make a strong case for a promotion push after they completed a comprehensive win at Lustleigh. Mark Davies (74), skipper James Kavanagh (51) and an unbeaten 31 from Martin Cook helped their side to a close of 217-7, Davies and Cook adding 68 after coming together at 149-7. Neil Richard (4-40) and a couple of wickets each for James Taylor and Kevin Miller, helped bowl the home side out for 172. Top met bottom in the G Division with Upottery taking on Chardstock. The pre-match form book suggested a home win but, after losing their first three games on the spin, Chardstock are now unbeaten in three after they stubbornly refused to surrender.They closed on 145-8, although this was insufficient to enable them to bank points for a 'losing draw'. The result was 'harsh' on Upottery's Dave Woolacott though, for he produced one of those memorable innings that deserved to sit hand in hand with a league win. Woolacott dominated the home time at the wicket from first ball to last and carried his bat before striding off at tea with an unbeaten 164 to his name. His mammoth stay in the middle saw him face 128 balls, 13 of which he thumped clear of the boundary ropes, whilst another 11 went for fours. Coming in at number six Seamus Machin, hit an unbeaten 51 and Thomas Wyatt chipped in with 26 as the hosts charged to a close of 295-4. Paul Reynolds claimed three of the four host's wickets to fall and then struck his side's top individual score of 38 from the number seven slot. Rob Hutchings hit 20, Phil Strawbridge 17 and, despite a four wicket haul for Nigel Wyatt, Chardstock would not buckle and closed on 145-8.Yarcombe, who had lost top spot the previous Saturday by virtue of their game being washed out whilst rivals Upottery had managed to complete their game, spurned the chance to regain it when they couldn't knock over either of Newton St Cyres' last two batsmen as the Mid Devon outfit closed on 217-9 replying to the home side's 277-5. Steve Durrant top scored for the hosts with 90.

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