Matchday 13 washout across the 66 Tolchards League matches

A soggy July cricket pitch

A soggy July cricket pitch - Credit: Archant

Matchday 13 of the 18-game Tolchards Drinks Devon Cricket League was a washout with results achieved at just two of the 66 matches that were played across the entire 1st and 2nd XI divisions.

With the previous weekend being almost a soggy it means that many clubs have almost a quarter of their season to the weather!

The only games to start – and finish – were the 1st XI A Division match at Hatherleigh where the home side, who still top the table, were well beaten by visiting Budleigh and the other match completed was the 2nd XI A Division game at Braunton where the home side won for the first time this season at then expense of visiting Ottery St Mary.

Whimple did manage some action in their top-of-the-table clash at C Division East leaders Cullompton and they had the home side a troubled 149-6 when the rain washed the game away. Leigh Lorenzen (3-25) and Steve Hathaway (2-41), doing most of the damage.

Chardstock looked in command of their SD Division East meeting with Honiton. Batting when the rain struck, Chardstock were a healthy 203-5 with Ed Brown having scored 60 and Gary Larcombe 83.


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Seaton were bowled out for 103 in their game at Filleigh with the elements arriving to end play prematurely. Only skipper Ben Morgan (21) managed to survive for long in conditions that certainly suited the bowlers!

Axminster IIs were 108-5 against Countess Wear when their game was abandoned and Whimple II had got themselves into a good position against Kentisbeare when their contest suffered a washout. Barry Wright (76), Henry Gordon-Lennox (71) and Jon Burden (48no) were the principle run scorers for Whimple while Dave Bunker claimed the days only ‘fivefer’, the Kentisbeare II skipper returning figures of 5-78.

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Kilmington II were saved by the rain in their meeting with a North Devon III side that had scored 287-3 and then got half the Kilmington side out for 61 when the rain forced an early stumps.

Sidmouth III bowled out hosts Clyst Hydon II for just 154 in 36.2 overs when the rain arrived to end play.

Jordan Fowler was the star of the Sidmouth bowling effort as he claimed four wickets for just 25 runs in eight overs. Tim Drake opened the bowling and he bagged a brace for 34 runs, also from eight overs and he took two catches.

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