Exmouth III bag thrilling single wicket win thanks to Hurley knock

10:31 14 August 2014

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Exmouth III were single wicket winners when they visited Exwick II for a Francis Clark Devon League 2nd XI E Division East meeting, writes Ryan Schaufler.

The Maer man fielded first on a sunny day. Michael Collinge and Ryan Schaufler took the new ball and the latter struck first, clean bowling one of the home openers.

Schaufler struck again with wicket keeper James Grant taking the catch and another edge was held by Michael Collinge at gulley to give Schaufler 3-16 from his five over spell.

Grant held a second catch, this time off the Collinge bowling before the bowler picked up two more wickets courtesy of a terrific in-swinger and a leg before decision to see Collinge finish with 3-17 from nine splendid overs.

Luke Davies and Morgan Wright (0-26 from eight overs) were next into the attack. Both bowled well and young Davies claimed a wicket when Dave Grant held a wonderful diving catch. Davies bagged another wicket, this one courtesy of a Collinge catch and he finished with 2-16 from nine overs. The late order produced something of a fight back and the Exwick innings closed on 143-8 from 45 overs.

The Maer men reply was begun by the pairing of Tom Sandford and Dave Grant. The latter was first to fall though there was an element of ill-fortune about his dismissal as the ball rolled down his glove onto his pad and ricochet onto his stumps - sending him back for a 16-ball knock of 20.

Ed Hurley stopped the rot and took the attack to the home side. He launched the ball to all parts of the ground, but wickets continued to fall at the other end and, when last man James Grant joined Hurley at the wicket Exmouth looked beaten on 108-9!

Hurley had other ideas and, with Grant applying a sensible approach of defence at one end, Hurley took centre stage as the pair added 39 for the unbroken final wicket to secure their side a famous victory with the win confirmed when Hurley rifled the ball for yet another boundary.

Grant finished unbeaten on five from 25 balls faced, but the undoubted star of the show was Hurley who was 68 not out from 60 deliveries.

The win sees Exmouth III stay top of the table and they can secure the title with a big victory at home to second placed Filleigh on Saturday.

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