Seaton 2nds batsman Russell strokes way to maiden century

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Seaton 2nd XI batsman Ian Russell struck his maiden century for the club in Saturday’s whopping 148-run home win over Kentisbeare II.

Table-topping Seaton batted first and Russell stroked his way to an imperious 123 getting support along the way from skipper Ian Hunt (34) and 16-year-old Niall Waterhouse (29) as the innings closed on a commanding 246-8.

Russell slammed one enormous six that left the ground and was on it sway to the Kings Arms when it was retrieved! He also rifled another six through fielder – the unfortunate visiting outfielder dropped the ball as it screamed towards him on the boundary!

The visitors were then bowled out for just 98 to leave Seaton emphatic winners. Ollie Aplin (3-13), young Waterhouse (3-18) and James Thomas (2-13) were the principle wicket takers. There was also a wicket for Dan Thomas and another impressive five over burst fro 13-year-old outstanding prospect Kersley Sutton.

Seaton skipper Ian Hunt said: “It’s great that we have reached the halfway stage holding a commanding lead at the top of the table. However, it remains firmly on our agenda that player development is more important than winning titles and trophies. Of course, winning things is a nice bonus! We do feel we want to push on and get the 2nd XI up the league. We are determined to go one better than lest year and we are in good shape halfway through the season with a lot more work to be done.”

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On Saturday Seaton II launch the second half of their campaign with a visit to a Halberton side currently sitting second bottom of the D Division East table.

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