Exmouth suffer three run defeat at home to Exeter

PUBLISHED: 21:05 17 June 2017

Callum French bowled a superb spell to finish with figures of 1-17 from 10 overs in the defeat at Bradninch

Callum French bowled a superb spell to finish with figures of 1-17 from 10 overs in the defeat at Bradninch

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Exmouth suffered a narrow three run defeat when they entertained Exeter in the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division.

Exeter won the toss and, given the perfect conditions of wall-to-wall sunshine and little breeze – ideal for batting – and very difficult for the fielding side – skipper Miles Lenygon needed no time to say he wanted to bat first.

However, to the second delivery of Sam Harris’s first over, former Sidmouth teenager Harvey Sergeant was trapped leg before and Exeter were a wicket down.

They lost their second wicket with 60 on the board, a third at 82 and a fourth with 94 on the board at the end of the 20th over.

Alvin Pollard twice knocked the stumps over and David Lye bagged the other wicket with a leg before decision in his favour. Exeter the lost wickets five, six and seven for the addition of just three runs and slipped to 117-7 after 31.1 overs.

However, the eighth wicket partnership would come back to haunt the Maer men for it laboured its way to 30 more runs from nearly 13 overs and took Exeter, crucially, to a close of 184-8 at the end of their 50 overs.

Callum French returned the pick of the bowling figures with his 3-18 from eight overs and there was a brace of wickets (2-32) from the nine overs sent down by Alvin Pollard. The remaining wickets were single wickets for Dan Pyle (1-11 from seven), David Lye (1-31 from 10) and Sam Harris (1-26 from seven). The sixth bowler used by skipper Baggs was George Greenway (0-56 from nine).

In such perfect batting conditions, a sub 200 score for an Exmouth side that had lost just one of the first six matches, ought to have been routine!

Skipper Richard Baggs and David Lye launched the run chase, but bags lost a succession of partners – Lye, caught for a three-ball duck, Callum French for two and Dan Pyle without scoring – both clean bowled by England Under-19 player Ben Green. When Tom Lammonby, the bowler responsible for the Lye dismissal, also sent back Sandy Allen without scoring, Exmouth were wobbling at 61-5 after 13.4 overs.

Billy Rudolph joined his skipper and the fight back began. The pair took the total to 107 when Baggs finally fell for a 62-ball, six boundary, knock of 40.

Rudolph was joined by John Evennett and they took the score to 144 when Rudolph was dismissed for a 68-ball 38, an innings that included four fours.

Evennett was joined by George Greenway, but Evennett was next man down caught by Green off the bowling of Conway for 26 and Exmouth were 157-7, still 31 runs shy of netting victory.

Alvin Pollard joined Greenway and they added17 for the ninth wicket which was that of Pollard, run out for a run-a-ball contribution of 10.

That left last man Sam Harris joining Greenway with the pair still needing to find 14 runs to net the Maer men the win.

They nudged and nurdled their way ever closer until, to the 12th delivery he faced, Harris was clean bowled by Morgan to the fifth ball of the 40th over, consigning Exmouth to a three run defeat.

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