Thursday, June 26, 2014
Exmouth were made to work for their place at Area Finals Day of the Devon T20 competition by A Division side Bradninch.
The Maer men eventually secured their day out at Heathcoat CC in July thanks to a 14-run win over the Mid Devon side.
Bradninch skipper Tim Piper called correctly when the coin was tossed by former team mate Gary Chappell and Piper had no hesitation in opting to bat second.
There was an early breakthrough for the visitors when Ross Acton send back home skipper Richard Baggs for five in the third over. Sixteen for one became 20-2 as Bob Dawson was caught and bowled Paul Nott for 11. There was then a 46-run partnership between Seb Benton and David Lye before the former fell to smart stumping by the skipper off the bowling of Will Squire for 16 with the total on 66.
A fourth wicket fell on 89 in the 12th over when David Lye was bowled by Chris Acton for the home side’s top individual offering of 42 from 23 balls, with his innings including two big sixes and five fours.
Next in was former Bradninch star Gary Chappell to join Sandy Allen and the pair added 31 in four overs, but were parted when Allen was tempted by Dan Hardy and put the ball down the throat of Will Squire at long on. Allen departed for a well constructed 20-ball knock of 31.
Chappell followed him two overs later in identical fashion – same bowler – same fielder, going for 20-ball knock of 27.
Lawrence Greenway was next in, and out, run out for one and Andy Buzza was the eighth and final wicket to fall, in his case bowled by Will Squire for 17.
Ian Bishop (0) and Ollie Dawe (4) were then not out batsmen as the Exmouth innings closed on 162.
Requiring just over eight runs an over the Bradninch openers Ross Acton and Dan Hardy got things off to a steady start adding 31 in 33 balls when Acton was caught by Seb Benton off the bowling of Gary Chappell for a 14-ball knock of 13.
Gian Botha joined Hardy and the pair kept the board ticking over until they were separated with the total on 49 in the seventh over – Hardy falling to a leg before decision given I favour of Ollie Dawe who had been returned to the action after his first over had gone for 11.
New Zealander Botha was next to go, but not before he had stroked a number of superb boundaries – he hit 20 in an 11-ball knock – all his runs were four’s and he scored them off four different bowlers before being caught Gary Chappell off the bowling of Dawe.
Sixty-eight for three in three in the ninth over meant Bradninch were still ‘up with the clock’ and, even when the fourth wicket fell, that of Joe Webb (who slammed one superb six and in his dozen ball stay struck a vital 20), the run rate was still on track.
Fifth man down was Greg Maher, bowled by David Lye for five in the 14th over and two overs later James Street departed for five, also bowled by Lye. Will Greig, in at number eight put bat to ball very well and, with skipper Piper at the other end, the pair began to look as if they would lead Bradninch to a surprise success. They put on 24 in 12 balls, but Grieg fell to a Lye catch off the Dawe bowling for a quick-fire 17 and the total was then 139-7. The demise of the skipper in the penultimate over sealed the Bradninch fate. Piper went for a splendid run-a-ball 26 caught by Bob Dawson off the bowling of Ian Bishop.
Will Squire (2) was caught by Benton off the bowling of Bishop and Paul Nott’s wicket was the final one to fall going to a smart stumping by Sandy Allen off the bowling of skipper Chappell.