Seaton back to winning ways – in style!
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Seaton brushed aside the indifferent form that had seen them lose back-to-back games to Kilmington and Cullompton to become the first side this season to defeat Plymstock in the Tolchards League B Division.
Seaton skipper Ben Morgan could not hid his delight at the way his team went out about winning the game.
He said: "It was the perfect performance in as much as everybody contributed, be that with the bat, the ball or in the field.
"We had a chat in midweek about our recent failings and where we felt things were going wrong. I have constantly said we have an honest - and open - dressing room and , as such, in the midweek chat views were expressed and we had a real unity about us on Saturday."
Morgan called correctly at the coin toss and opted to bat and the home innings was held together by a 30 overs stay at the wicket by Matt Hewer (42).
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Others to contribute were Joe Berry (35), Joel Seward (20) and Rob Gibson (14) and the skipper chipped in with 27 as his team closed on 186-7.
Faced with the 'runs on the board' at tea, how did the Seaton skipper feel about his teams chances? Morgan said: "I will always back our bowler to defend a total like that. It was one of those totals that I suspect a good side - which Plymstock certainly are - would fancy chasing down, but equally, there were enough runs on the board for us to look to get on the front foot - and stay there - and that' what panned out."
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He continued: "To be fair, they [Plymstock] batted as we had in our previous two games - not as well as they can do! That said, we bowled well - very well - and got our just rewards with wickets at regular intervals.
Plymstock had started well, but then lost a cluster of wickets before, from 124-8, the ninth wicket pair began to chip away at the remaining runs.
However, captain Morgan, leading fro the front, broke the partnership with a fine delivery that hit the stumps and the end came soon after with Plymstock bowled out for 157, leaving Seaton winners by a margin of 29 runs. All five bowlers used each claimed at least one wicket with two bagging three each; Ben Libby finished with 3-33 and Wes Holmes, 3-34.
On Saturday, Seaton go to a Thorverton side that sit third in the table one place and three points behind Seaton.
Morgan says: "It's a smashing place to go and play cricket and we have had some close encounter with them in the past and I don't doubt this will be any different.
Ben Libby and Rob Gibson are unavailable for the tip, but Steve Pritchard is back.