Honiton hammer Tiverton to make it two wins from two games in the Tolchards Devon League


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Honiton made it two wins from two Tolchards Devon League D Division East games with a crushing success at Tiverton.

Skipper Oli Cave lost the toss and was invited to bat by his opposite number and the Honiton batsmen delivered a stunning display with both Andy Canniford and Pete Matravers striking centuries.

A couple of early wickets had fallen, but Canniford and Matravers were in the mood to take the bowling on. Canniford slammed a 69-ball ton while Matravers, who faced 131 deliveries, scored a whopping unbeaten 168.

Having posted an imposing total of 343-3, the Honiton bowlers took centre stage, bundling out Tiverton for just 94.

We followed it up with a superb fielding and bowling performance much improved from last week skittling the home side for 94,

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Phil Tansley was the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets and conceding just five runs from his nine overs, six of which were maidens!

Rob Ingram also got three wickets, in his case for 15 runs off 4.1overs and Ben Kidson returned figures of 3-48.

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Skipper Cave said: “The centuries were exceptional. Pete (Matravers) was pivotal to our season last year and has continued his good form into this season, he’s a massive asset to the team and I hope he continues to bat as well as he is. In Andy’s case it’s very much one that we have not seen enough of him in recent seasons and this knock shows just what he can bring to the party. It’s great to have him back in the fold and batting like we know he can.

“Having delivered with the bat, we were then superb in the field backing up a terrific effort by the bowlers. Phil (Tansley) was fantastic. He bowled with great control!”

Cave added: “The way the team is gelling is really pleasing from my perspective and I think challenging for promotion is a real possibility this year off the back of the opening two performances! It’s important we keep momentum going and continue with the attitude we have at the moment on to the next game at Culmstock – never an easy place to visit.”

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