Axminster faced with final day survival bid.

PUBLISHED: 16:25 30 August 2011

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Axminster still need four points to be sure of a place in the B Division next season after they left title chasing Chudleigh with a losing drawn that netted them five points.

The hosts batted first and closed on 174-7. That was a very respectable score given that after 23 overs they were a laboured 50-2, with Mark Richard sending down a superb spell of 13 overs that saw him return figures of 2-29.

Gary Larcombe finished with 3-44 and there was a brace of wickets for Nick Taylor.

After a good start, Axminster raced to 25 without loss, three wickets fell in quick succession before Tristan Wakeley and Joel Seward steadied things to take the total to 100 when Wakeley departed for 40.

Seward stuck around and was unbeaten at the close on 40. Axminster lost two wickets in the final over as they made desperate efforts to bag another batting point, something they failed to do, closing on 121-9.

Skipper Paul Miller said: “We battled hard to make sure we did not lose the game at Chudleigh for that was the order of the day and similar will apply this coming Saturday in the last game of the season against South Devon.

Mathematically we clearly need four points and I am confident that, if we apply ourselves as we did at Chudleigh, then we’ll do what needs to be done.”

With Clyst St George consigned to the drop it leaves Axminster, Chagford and Dartington and Totnes battling it out to avoid slipping into the C Division.

Chagford and Dartington meet on Saturday and if Chagford fail to win then it won’t matter what happens to Axminster in their last game with South Devon, they’ll line up again next season in the third tier of the Francis Clark Devon League.


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