Seaton crowned Corinthian Cup champions after seeing off Cullompton

Seaton CC after their 2017 Corinthian Cup success: Back (left to right): Kersley Sutton, Chris Aplin

Seaton CC after their 2017 Corinthian Cup success: Back (left to right): Kersley Sutton, Chris Aplin, Brian Cann, Phil Collins, Matt Hewer, Joel Seward. Front (left to right) Tim Mitchell, Steve Pritchard, Josh Cann, Ben Morgan, Ollie Pinnock - Credit: Archant

Three wickets each for Joel Seward and Tim Mitchell steered Seaton to an 18-run win over Cullompton in a pulsating Corinthian Cup final, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Seaton picked up speed after a slow start to reach 174 for six in their 20 overs – Chris Aplin bludgeoning 65 not out off 29 balls as 114 runs were scored in the second half of the innings.

Cullompton were ahead of the asking rate at the halfway stage – they needed 69 to win with eight wickets left – then Seaton hit them where it hurts.

When left-armer Seward joined Mitchell in the attack, wickets stared to fall.

Cullompton slid to 116 for eight – if Seward didn’t get them, Mitchell did – and there was no way back.

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Winning captain Ben Morgan said taking the pace of the ball proved crucial to the outcome.

‘Cullompton have some big hitters like Trevor Gwandu and the Parr boys who like the ball coming on to the bat,’ said Morgan.

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‘We had already seen what damage Brendon could do in Cully’s semi-final win over Abbots in the morning when he hit the quickest hundred I am ever likely to see.

‘Before we took the pace off the ball Gwandu (67) had been hammering our seamers all over the ground, but couldn’t do that to Joel.

‘You could see him getting bogged down and felt Joel would get him sooner or later.

‘Jason Parr was just starting to tee off when Tim got him for 20 – and Brendon (15) had already launched a couple of huge sixes when Tim got him too.

‘Joel’s spell – three for seven off four – put Cully behind the clock and it was always going to be tough for them to catch up with their big hitters gone.’

Morgan was certainly pleased to see the back of Gwandu – four fours, five sixes – after going for 27 when he bowled his final over to him.

Morgan did have a wicket to show for his efforts though: Seward taking a low catch at slip to remove Cully captain James Blackmore for a first-ball duck.

Without Aplin’s brutal assault on the Cullompton bowling, it would have been hard for Seaton to win the game.

‘We wouldn’t have been in it without Chris helping us to a competitive total,’ said Morgan.

Jason Parr, Kalann Nessling and Tom Mortiboys all gave Seaton little to go after in the first10 overs, although Seward hung around for most of them to make 38.

Aplin took five singles to get his eye in, then began smashing the bowling. He hit seven sixes – no fours, just sixes – and only failed to score from six balls faced.

Along the way there was a stand of 85 for the sixth wicket with Ollie Pinnock (18).

All the Cully bowlers copped some rough treatment. Jason Parr went for 23 in a comeback over and Brendon went for 17 in his second and last.

The Corinthian Cup Finals Day sees three matches played and Seaton met Ipplepen in the first of the day’s three matches, bowling the South Devon side out for just 73 with Tim Mitchell (3-10), Joel Seward (2-15) and skipper Ben Morgan (2-15) amongst the wickets. Seward then hit an unbeaten 40 and Matt Hewer was not out 28, as the Seaton openers saw their side to a 10-wicket win.

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