Upottery cheer great cricket season as champions

PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 September 2009 | UPDATED: 00:05 16 June 2010

Axminster will play their cricket once again in the B Division of the Francis Clark Devon League next summer after they tied their final game with Shobrooke Park.

Axminster will play their cricket once again in the B Division of the Francis Clark Devon League next summer after they tied their final game with Shobrooke Park to end the campaign 3rd from bottom, some 24 points clear of the drop zone.

Tristan Wakeley joined the ranks of the 99 club - dismissed just one run shy of a century - as he, Jack Willow (45) and Robbie Prior (32), took the side to close of 215-4, answered by Shobrooke Park with 215-7.

Seaton's season petered out with a seven wicket defeat at the hands of a Stoke Gabriel side which, despite a knock of 32 from Matt Hewer, were bundled out for 110, passed with ease by the South Devon outfit. Seaton finished the season four places and 50 points off the promotion places.

There was last day C Division blues for Feniton who lost for the 10th time this term when beaten by Ivybridge by a whopping 177 runs! That defeat, combined with a win for Bridestowe, left the Acland Park men needing to dig out their sat navs for next summer's trips to the likes of Ashburton and Halberton. John Pyle claimed three wickets as Ivybridge plundered a total of 236-7.

The Feniton reply was a feeble 57, leaving the side saying goodbye to the division in a humiliating way.

In the D Division, Kilmington were unable to muster up any final day survival miracle and duly slipped down another division, but at least they did so on a winning note, beating hosts Babbacombe, who go down with them, by 81 runs.

Last year they graced the C Division and, next summer, the East Devon side will be lining up in the E Division. Skipper Tom Gooding top scored for his side with 43 in a Kilmington total of 182-9. The South Devon side were bowled out for 101 with Ben Noble (4-24) and skipper Gooding, with a brace, amongst the wickets.

Uplyme had gone into their final game under the very real threat of dropping down a division, but the manner in which they put visiting Ottery St Mary to the sword suggests they were in a false position. The Otters batted first and were bowled out for 143 despite an unbeaten 33 from Adi Clements and a similar total from the bat of Charl Axsel. Steve Batey claimed 4-19 in 13 splendid overs, whilst Ashley Caddy took 3-39 for the hosts, who then lost just four wickets in the successful run chase with scores from Jed Whittington (54) and Derek Wellman (34).

Whimple began the final day of the campaign rock bottom of the E Division, knowing that their game at home to Exeter Civil Service would see one, or possibly both, relegated at stumps.

Batting first, the home side posted a healthy 214 led by Ben Silk (60) and Mike Searle (46). Kris Calderhead took 3-78 for Civil who were then bundled out for just 112. Howard Rose was the only batsman to make an impression with 32. Phil Hope took 5-17 and skipper Jon Burden, bagged a brace.

That result meant safety for Whimple but it also sent Honiton down after they slumped to defeat at Countess Wear. Pete Matravers' side batted first and were only in the game at tea thanks to a last wicket partnership of 62 between Andy Brinsford (28no) and Tony Veevers (37), that saw the side from a precarious 48-8 to a close of 128.

The Exeter side sailed home, losing just four wickets, three of which were taken by Phil Tansley in three successive deliveries!

Upottery will be playing their league cricket next summer in the E Division after they crowned a wonderful season with a 167 run win at home to Newton St Cyres. Tom Wyatt cracked another ton, his 104 and an unbeaten 67 from Seamus Machin saw the villagers to 288-6. Dan Broom did the business with the ball to such effect that he ended with figures of 6-16 in eight overs! Gary Kennard also picked up 3-13 as the Mid Devon side were bowled out for 121.

In 2nd XI cricket there was D Division East final day drama at the foot of the table where there was agony for Upottery II and relief for Axminster III.

Upottery went down by 45 runs at Exmouth III and that left them waiting to see how Axminster fared against Kilmington. The Axe men took nine points leaving them level with Upottery and, with the games won tally also the same, it moved to winning draws to determine who stayed up and who took the drop, Upottery being the unfortunate losers.

Exmouth III were bowled out for 179 as Dan Prettejohn took 3-34 but then only he and Oli Rice, both scoring 24, made any impression with the bat as the reply floundered on 134, resulting in Alex Fensome's side losing with only seven points to show for their efforts.

For the young skipper it was a disappointing end - the next time he pulls on the cricket whites it will be to play in his new home country of New Zealand where he is moving to live at some stage before the end of the year.

Kilmington II finished in a very respectable third place in the section although they could not quite end the season with a win, settling instead for a winning draw from the meeting with Axminster.

David Cook signed off in style with an unbeaten 118, whilst Dave Gadston took 3-44 for Axminster who replied with a decent enough 203-4 led by Ian Barwick with 62 and an excellent unbeaten 32 from young Alex Rockett. Dave Lavender was the pick of the Kilmington bowlers with 3-49.

Feniton were another side troubled with the possibility of being sent down on the final day but they allayed their fears with a nine-point haul in a losing draw against Uplyme at Acland Park.

Both sides could only muster 10 men for the contest. Uplyme batted first and were all out for 161 with Tim Daniel the top scorer on 43. John Farley claimed 3-53 for Feniton who replied with 134-8 led by Duncan Cousins with an unbeaten 43.

E Division champions, Whimple were in no mood to end the season on anything other than a high and they whipped out hosts Axminster IV for just 32 inside 29 overs.

Emily Broad with 9 was the home team's top scorer, the next best was 7 from young Matthew Rockett as Mark Richards (4-7) and Tim Treais (3-7) claimed wickets and the run chase was over in double quick time without loss of wickets.

There was a low scoring game involving the side who finished as runners-up to Whimple, Honiton, who were given a mighty scare by Cullompton, before winning by 30 runs.

Honiton batted first and were bundled out for just 87, with Andrew Lapping providing the top score of 19. Malcolm Coombes (5-28), young Max Bristow (2-2) and wickets for Jack Grandfield and Steve Paul, saw the Otter Moor Lane outfit hastened out, but the same procedure followed in the game's second innings as Cully lost regular wickets before being all out for 57.

Adrian Hutchings scored 26 of his side's total, Richard Hill was the destroyer-in-chief, sending down a dozen overs, eight of which were maidens to return figures of 7-9!

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