Young Matthew Winn shines with the bat for Axminster III

PUBLISHED: 11:05 15 June 2011

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Axminster Cricket Club could not provide a win between their three senior sides, but there were some fine individual efforts on matchday six of the Francis Clark Devon League season.

Axminster skipper Paul Miller was left disappointed at the outcome of his side’s trip to Barnstaple and Pilton that saw them return with a losing draw. He said: “It was difficult conditions to play in but, that said, we bowled and fielded superbly to restrict them to 174—9 which I felt was a very achievable target. Then, at 83-2 with seventy needed off fifteen and eight wickets to pay with we really ought to have had the necessary to go on and finish the job off, but, with the exception of Danny Larcombe’s contribution, the middle order fell away and we were left licking our wounds somewhat.”

The Axminster reply closed on 138-7 with Gary Larcombe top scoring with a splendid 49 and Miller chipping in with 28 – it was Miller and Larcombe who took the side to 83-2 after the early loss of Tristan Wakeley.

The run chase would have been given a better chance had Wakeley not been hit on the head in the first over after tea, the heavy blow certainly seemed to shake him up and he was dismissed shortly afterwards.

Earlier David Murnane bowled superbly to return figures of 3-49 whilst Alex Wraight picked up two more wickets.

Next up is a Cloakham Lawns meeting with Chagford, one of just two sides to sit below Axminster in the B Division table and Miller is not understating then importance of the game when he says: “It’s a huge game. I know we are only through six of an eighteen game season but if we fail to, at the very least, extract the lion’s share of the points from this game then we are leaving ourselves open to being cast adrift from the other clubs and would more likely be left to face a struggle to stay I the Division rather punt for a push to the top end of the table. I am not yet concerned though for we do have the University lads to return later in the season.”

Axminster II remain without a win in the C Division but they had the better of their home meeting with Barnstaple and Pilton. Steven Reed struck a superb 138 and, with skipper Dan Murnane chipping in with 49, the Cloakham Lawns side closed on 264-4. Barum were then restricted to 164-7 as Matt Prior took 2-26 in eleven overs and 14-year old James Rockett claimed 1-19 in six overs before being denied any further part in the action by the rule forbidding youngsters bowling more than six overs.

Axminster III went down by five wickets at home to Honiton. There was a splendid innings of 71 from 14-year old Matthew Winn whilst Club Chairman John Isles made a rare appearance and scored 16 whilst John Swain chipped in with 22 as Axminster closed on 175-7. Jamie Barfoot then took three of the Honiton wickets to fall as they got home with wickets, and overs, to spare.


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