Tolchards Devon League - match day five preview

Peter Kiy bating for Axminster 1st team away at Ottery. Ref shsp 21 18TI 3794. Picture: Terry Ife

Peter Kiy bating for Axminster 1st team away at Ottery. Ref shsp 21 18TI 3794. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

It is match day five in the Tolchards Devon League on Saturday (June 2) and top billing, in terms of East Devon clubs playing in the league, goes to Seaton who have an away B Division game at an Ipplepen side that sits sixth, one place and three points below Seaton in the table.

Seaton have Robbie Prior back and last Saturday, while they were being beaten on the final ball of their game at Thorverton, Ipplepen were well beaten at Filleigh where they lost by eight wickets.

Seaton skipper Ben Morgan says: “Hopefully we will finally get it right in all areas of our game. Wind the clock back 12 months and the batting was a problem, but the bowling was our strength and, so far this season, it’s a case of role reversal for our batting looks very strong at the moment, but our bowling has been more a case of one bowler on the money every week with the others struggling to find consistency. We have real quality with bat and ball in the squad and, when we do all fire in the same game we will be a formidable force.”

C Division East has a number of local sides playing. Second in the table Kilmington will be seeking a fourth successive victory when they entertain second bottom Alphington, who won their first game of the new league term last Saturday. Whimple, who sit fourth, and were handsome winners at the County Ground against Exeter 2nds last Saturday make the long trip to face a Braunton side that occupy one of the three bottom slots.

Feniton, who sit seventh, travel to Mid Devon to meet basement side Clyst Hydon and there’s an intriguing fixture at Ottery St Mary where the home side’s opening bat Ollie West will be looking to achieve the rare feat of scoring three successive Devon League centuries in the Otters home game against a Budleigh 2nd XI that has had a mixed season so far with one win and three defeats and find themselves just nine points off the bottom after four games.

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In D Division East, the top game is the one at Uplyme and Lyme Regis where Upottery are the visitors. Upottery sit fourth in the fledgling table and, since an opening day defeat to North Devon 2nds, have won all three matches whole Uplyme and Lyme Regis, who are the current divisional basement dwellers, won last Saturday at the fourth time of asking.

Chardstock are in home action when they entertain Countess Wear. In E Division East there’s a local derby at Mountbatten Park, Honiton where the home club’s 1st XI take on the 2nd XI of Ottery St Mary. Honiton are third, just three points off the top of the table while the Otters sit fifth, but just seven points behind Honiton in a section that, four games into an 18 game campaign, sees the top seven sides separated by just 14 points!

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Axminster, who sit fourth bottom, but are just 14 points shy of table-topping Bideford Littleham and Westward Ho! Can overall the North Devon by tomorrow night for it is the Axemen who are the visitors to Instow on match day five.

In F Division East, Seaton 2nds, who are the only side in the section to be unbeaten four games in, host fourth placed Clyst Hydon and Upottery 2nds entertain Honiton 2nds in an East Devon derby.

In G Division East Whimple 2nds entertain Barnstaple and Pilton 2nds while Kilmington 2nds visit Filleigh 2nds.

Last, but not least, in H Division East, Feniton 2nds host Exwick 2nds.

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