Whimple strengthen promotion bid

PUBLISHED: 11:53 14 July 2010 | UPDATED: 16:03 15 July 2010

Feniton batsman Brian Cann at Ottery on Saturday.; Phoito by Simon Horn. Ref mhsp 5267-28-10SH

Feniton batsman Brian Cann at Ottery on Saturday.; Phoito by Simon Horn. Ref mhsp 5267-28-10SH

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Honiton work hard in east Devon derby

Axminster were once again denied victory by B Division basement side Bideford when the teams drew at Cloakham Lawn.

It was a mirror image of the meeting in North Devon earlier in the season when Axminster took a winning draw. They did so again after scoring an impressive 262-4 and seeing the visitors close on 233-8. Trystan Wakeley (63), Paul Miller (61no) and Robbie Prior (61no) combined to help the hosts to their total.

Alex Wraight picked up three wickets and Prior bagged a brace but the visitors gave up the run chase to settle for the draw.

Axminster sit seventh in the table and are 37 points shy of the second placed side and yet 35 clear of the second from bottom team. This Saturday they entertain one of the four sides to sit below them, Clyst St George.

Seaton skipper Mike Wheeler conceded that his side’s bid to begin to climb back up the league is at an end for this term after they produced a lamentable performance at home to Kingsbridge who trounced them by eight wickets.

Wheeler said: “We got from that game precisely what we deserved – a hiding. The game began badly when I lost the toss and it all went down hill very quickly indeed, as we conspired to bat very poorly. That’s it for us this season in terms of promotion possibilities; now we are left with playing to enjoy our cricket and to try and bank as many points as we can between now and the season’s end.”

Only Richard Warner, batting at number three, made any impression with the bat with 33, and that represented one third of the team’s total of 95! Joost Kroesen took the only two wickets the visitors lost in a comfortable run chase. This Saturday Wheeler’s men travel to Hatherleigh.

The two sides who began the day immediately above the two D Division relegation berths, Ottery St Mary and Feniton, clashed in an East Devon derby and, at stumps, it was the Otters climbing a couple, of places and the men from Acland Park sliding into a relegation berth.

The game was tense all the way through and only completed in the very last over of the day.

Brian Cann set Feniton on their way with a fine 77, a knock that included ten 4s and a six. Graham Tucker was just behind Cann in the runs with an 11-boundary unbeaten 74. Rob Johns and skipper Jody Clements were the pick of the Ottery bowlers, each bagging a pair of wickets.

Matt Kirk, who scored a century to help the Otters win the meeting at Acland Park back in May, again showed his liking for the Feniton attack as he stroked his way to 107 with 15 fours and a pair of huge sixes. Alex Clements struck a superb 58 and there was a match-winning unbeaten knock from Lewis Townsend, who cracked a pair of sixes in his unbeaten 34 as he and Robert Bradshaw-Smith (7no) saw their side to victory with just two balls to spare!

Pullin was the pick of the visiting attack with 3-58 from 10.4 overs but the winning boundary, struck by Bradshaw-Smith with two balls remaining, leaves Feniton in a battle to avoid slipping yet further down the Francis Clark Devon League. On Saturday Feniton travel to Chardstock to face Uplyme and Ottery entertain promotion seeking Ashburton.

Uplyme took a losing draw from their visit to Ipplepen where the home side closed on 245-7 with skipper Ashley Caddy and Steve Howe each claiming three wickets.

Adam Caddy hit 79 and Tim Daniels struck an unbeaten 51 as Uplyme replied with 204-7.

This weekend Uplyme host Feniton with the game being played at Chardstock CC.

Whimple strengthened their E Division promotion bid after winning by six wickets at basement dwellers Woodbury.

What’s more, things improved greatly for Jono Burden and his side at stumps when they learnt of leaders Countess Wear being beaten for the first time this term and now Whimple trail the Exeter side by just a single point.

Woodbury were bowled out for 122 as Will Cleal (3-39), skipper Burden (2-14), Chris Palfrey (2-28) and Phil Hope (2-28), were amongst the wickets. Trevor Griffin led the run chase with 43 and Mike Searle chipped in with 29 as Whimple reached victory with both wickets and overs to spare. Burden said: “It was a comprehensive win. We are now approaching the business end of the season and we could not be in better shape as the bowlers are bowling with discipline, the batters are getting runs when required and our ground fielding is exceptional. All’s well in the Whimple camp right now.”

Kilmington look to have seen their promotion hopes ended with an eight-wicket defeat at home to Filleigh. John Lavender (53), Adam Culley (49no) and skipper Tom Gooding (25), were the principle run providers as the East Devon side were restricted to 186-3, a total passed by the hosts for the loss of just three wickets. Craig Seward bowled well for the hosts and took 1-29. Skipper Tom Gooding lamented: “We clearly did not put a big enough total on the board to cause them concern.”

Gooding’s side now sit three places and 44 points adrift of the promotion places. This weekend they complete two thirds of their campaign with an East Devon derby at Upottery.

Upottery had to settle for a losing draw from their visit to Kingskerswell where the home side scored 269-6 to which the villagers replied with 235-6. Dan Broom was the most successful of the visiting bowlers with 2-51 whilst, after tea, Oli Rice (63), Dave Woolacott (35) and Thomas Wyatt (32) were the principle run providers.

Honiton stay top of the E Division but they were made to work mighty hard to secure victory in the East Devon derby at home to Yarcombe. Oli Cave (58) and Pete Tansley (43) helped the side to edge past maximum batting points at 203. Benn Copp (4-60) and Simon Hovell (3-64) were the main wicket takers for the visitors. Jonathan Rich struck a superb 93 and Dave Patch chipped in with 30 but the reply, from a comfortable 130-1, slipped to 193 all out, leaving hosts Honiton winners by ten runs.

Honiton lead the table by five points from Kenn with Topsham St James another seven points behind and the fourth of the quartet of promotion chasing sides, Shaldon, 22 points behind Honiton.

This Saturday, Mountbatten Park again stages action when Newton St Cyres provide the opposition.

●Seaton II chalked up an impressive 307-3 at home to under-strength Exeter Civil Service and then skittled the visitors out for 31, when the pair met at Seaton in the E Division East.

Matt Hancock (74) and Pete Lawson (56) put on 105 for starters, the skipper John Wheeler (66) and Lawson taking it to 223 before the second wicket fell. Other runs came from Alex Hunt (21no) and Dave Turner (43no). After tea, it was Phil Collins who called the tune with 5-17 from six overs whilst Lawson completed a fine all-round performance with three wickets. Skipper John Wheeler said: “It’s the first time that I can ever recall Seaton 2nds hitting 300 plus in successive games and it is certainly the first time I can recall seeing a 2nd XI score board of 200-1! To be fair the visitors were below strength as I gather they had had a couple of chaps taken by their 1st XI on the morning of the game, but all we can do is tackle the opposition before us and we did that most clinically on the day.”

Axminster II were well beaten at Bideford II where they went down by 185 runs. Batting first, the hosts closed on 272 with the star of the Axminster show being Alan Ostler. Normally deployed as an opening batsman and a part-time bowler, he turned his arm over for the first time this year and produced some exceptional off-spin and took a fivefer to finish with 5-39. There was also a brace of wickets for 15-year old Matt Pyle. The Axminster reply was ended when the final wicket fell on 87 with 17 overs of the contest remaining. Only Patrick Barraclough with 31, and that man Ostler, with an unbeaten 16, got amongst the runs.

Ottery St Mary II were beaten in a close encounter at Thorverton where the home side slammed a six with just two balls remaining to claim a two wicket win! Sam Lynch struck an unbeaten 53 and Rob Crabb hit 32 in an Ottery total of 204-8. The hosts got home, thanks to that last over six, despite the efforts of Joe Birch who took 4-46. Uplyme II were made to toil in the outfield as they watched visiting Ipplepen chalk up a huge 375-5 declared. The hosts stood firm in their reply, closing on a stubborn 139-6 but failed to record the two points for the losing draw as they had not made two thirds of the imposing total scored by the visitors!

Axminster III were well beaten by visiting Kentisbeare. After the Mid Devon side posted a healthy 274-7, in which Joe Swain took 3-18, the home side were bowled out for 172. Steven Wakeley (41), Mike Enticott (32) and Chris Leadbetter (24) were the principle run scorers for the hosts

Kilmington II were involved in a high scoring affair away at Exeter III. The villagers were severely hampered as they began the game with ten and they fielded two men short after Alf Allen snapped his achilles tendon and was taken off to hospital. Earlier Les Baker hit a splendid 137 and Sebastian Cope chipped in with 34 as Kilmington closed on 270-8. The home side lost just three wickets in the run chase. David Lavender was the most successful of the visiting bowlers with 1-68.

Feniton II were held by Exmouth III. Sean Devine top scored for Feniton with 55 in a total of 241-5 as they tried to overhaul visiting Exmouth IIIs 274-8 in which Dave Clarke claimed 4-42.

Whimple II lost by 84 runs at Clyst Hydon. Paul Gillard was the star of the show with the ball for Whimple as he took 5-64 in the Clyst Hydon innings of 242-9. Whimple though were bundled out for 158 in reply, despite a battling 53 from Rich Brown.


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