Seaton CC latest - a chat with the skipper

Looking out from a cricket scorers position

Looking out from a cricket scorers position - Credit: Archant

Skipper Ben Morgan was delighted with his teams win, though he did confess to being undecided about what he should do if he won the toss.

He said: “I was honestly undecided about what to do if I won the toss. My thinking was that we had won our last two games chasing, albeit losing a few wickets, which put us under a bit of pressure in the process. I sought opinions from the team and it was a general consensus that if we won the toss we’d bat first – it paid off in the end!”

So what about any concerns as the team slipped to 68-5 and then 134-9?

Morgan responded by saying: “I would be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned because our batting as unit hasn’t really got going yet.

“However, we have the potential to bat all the way down to 11 and Robbie [Prior] and Phil [Collins] were superb in supporting Joel to get us to such a competitive total!”

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We then asked the Seaton skipper what he made of the latest fine innings from Joel Seward. He said: “Joel batted with real maturity! This was a totally different innings than we normally see him play, but what a knock it was.

“He obviously dug in and had to rebuild in the middle of our innings. Phil [Collins] came in at 11, and the partnership was a match-winning one in my eyes as they looked a bit down when they came off.

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“I was confident with 171 at the halfway stage as our bowling attack has been bowling really well recently, despite losing opener Joe Berry in the warm up to an ankle injury!”

As for his own bowling contribution, Morgan said: “I have bowled OK since my return to bowling some three weeks ago, but with not much reward.

“With our opener Joe Berry getting injured in the warm-up and not playing, I had to open.

“I had done a little of that last year, but generally prefer to bowl as first change.

“However, with Robbie [Prior] at the other end bowling as tightly as he always does, things worked well for me, and the team and set us in good stead for the rest of the match!”

He was keen to add: “Although I took my wickets early on it wasn’t all about me as we still had six more to take. Phil Collins came on first change and he looks like he has found his form again and once again Tim Mitchell our front line spinner bowled in the right areas.”

On his team’s support fielding, the skipper said: “Our fielding has been outstanding the last few weeks and backed up by Josh Cann, our wicketkeeper, who has been very tidy behind the sticks.

“He took a catch on Saturday that not many would have taken! We have got a real buzz around the field at the moment which looks positive going forward!”

We next asked what, if anything, was discussed at the tea interval before the Shobrooke Park run chase. Morgan said: “Not a lot was said at the halfway stage to be honest, our bowlers know our plan and how we like to bowl as a unit and again to try and keep the buzz in the field.

“They [Shobrooke Park] seemed to have a good side with their in-form batsman down the order, so it was key we kept working hard as a group all the way through which we did.”

Finally, we asked him what his overall view of the campaign is heading into the halfway stage of the season this coming Saturday with the game against Ottery St Mary.

Morgan said: “It took us a while to get settled into the B Division. We should have done better against Abbotts and Filleigh early on, but once we got that first win we got a bit of confidence and long may it continue.

“At the moment I am just taking every game as it comes. Our availability has been a lot better so far this year which also helps massively!”

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