Seward stars as Axminster make it five wins from five Francis Clark C Division games.

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Axminster’s superb start to the Francis Clark Devon League C Division season continued with a fifth successive victory as they won by eight wickets at Kingsbridge.

However, skipper Tristan Wakeley was still looking for more from his team.

He said: “We gave away far too many extras. A quarter of the Kingsbridge total was made up of extras and, on another day we could have paid a heavy price for that.”

Joel Seward (3-10) and Nick Taylor (3-11) were the top two wicket takers and there were a brace each for Robbie Prior and Gary Larcombe as the South Devon side were bowled out for 164 after opting to bat.

The in-form Johnny Hurford stroked a run-a-ball 69 before being one of two wickets to fall in the successful run chase. Joel Seward completed a fine all-round shift with an unbeaten 40 and the other not out batsman at the close was Brett Garner with 18.

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Wakeley said: “Given that we showed some ill-discipline, or possibly were a little complacent, with our bowling and fielding, we still managed to get the job done.”

It’s five from five for Wakeley and his side who sit one point behind table topping Bideford who just happen to be the opposition in North Devon this weekend!

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Wakeley says: “It’s too early to talk of decisive matches in the campaign. However, given that this is the one-third mark of the campaign after Saturday’s game, the result could go a long way to determining who goes on to lift the top honour. They (Bideford) have a strong looking side with a class overseas act plus the likes of Ford and Allin so need to be given due respect. However, we travel there in great shape with those five wins and, as long we play to the top of our game I am sure we’ll play our part in what ought to be a classic contest.”

Sean Perry hit an unbeaten 153 and Peter Kiy weighed in with 74 as Axminster II made 259-4 at home to Kilmington II. The visitors had their last pair at the wicket at stumps on 203-9 with Sam Farrow having claimed 4-57.

On Saturday the 2nd XI host Upottery II.

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