Last ball catch seals draw for Feniton

Feniton claimed the greater share of the points from a winning draw in a close encounter at Acland Park against Yelverton.

A heavy lunchtime shower made batting very difficult and Feniton did well to make their way to 196-9.

Skipper Mark Kingdon top scored with 53 whilst Graham Tucker (27), Norman Bedford (22) and Martin Swannell (21), provided the best of the supporting acts.

The visitors then took the run chase right to the wire. Needing two to win off the last delivery, bowled by Jonathan French, the ball was chipped to third man where Russ Whitton held a catch to leave Yelverton finishing on 194-9.

That last ball wicket sealed a fivefer for French in his very first game of the season! French finished with figures of 5-45 from a spell of nine overs.

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Skipper Mark Kingdon said: “It was a cracking game to be involved in. In the balance right to the end and fair play to them (Yelverton) for sticking at the run chase when other’s may have wavered. It was tough batting after the lunchtime rain but I was pleased with our application and felt that the 196 was a very competitive total. It’s great to have Jonathan (French) back in the swing of things, he bowled very well and richly deserved to come off with a fivefer to his name.”

Next up for Feniton is a trip to Bridestowe who climbed off the foot of the table with their win at Whimple last time out.

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Feniton II were nine wicket winners at North Devon III where Stuart Bright claimed a fivefer as the home side were bowled out for 160.

Casey Elliott top scored with 39 and Rickey Hunt got 27 but Bright (5-50), Ben Allen (3-20) and Keith Brandon (2-41) did the damage with the ball. After tea it was Andrew Rose (91no) and Mike Slater (45no) who guided the visitors to a comfortable victory.

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