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Thursday, August 8, 2013
With just four matches to play Exmouth have opened up a 13-point lead at the top of the Francis Clark Devon cricket League Premier Division, writes Stephen Birley.
The Maer men were four wicket winners over visiting Exeter and then learnt of a surprise defeat for Bovey Tracey at home to struggling Torquay.
The third of the title-chasing side’s Sidmouth, kept their hopes alive with a three wicket win at North Devon.
It was another powerful all-round show from the Maer men that saw them to a comprehensive victory over aside that had threatened to gate crash the title race just a month before.
Only four of the visiting batsmen managed to register double figure scores as three bowlers shared the wicket taking duties with two other wickets falling to run-outs.
It was all-rounder Gary Chappell who returned the most impressive figures. He finished with three wickets for just 23 runs from nine overs. Trevor Anning also picked up three wickets, his at a cost of 41 runs from eight overs and Jamie Tapper bagged a brace (2-30 from 10) as Exeter were bowled out for 198 in the 49th over.
Sandy Allen and Chris Metters launched the run chase and added 74 for the firs wicket when Metters was caught for 22.
That brought David Lye to the wicket and he and Allen added a further 68 runs before Allen was dismissed for an 8-ball knock of 77 that included 15 fours.
There was a rare failure for Seb Benton, bowled first delivery to make it 143-3, but then Andy Buzza joined Lye and the pair took the total to within 31 runs of victory when Lye fell for a 60-ball knock of 58 that included six fours and two sixes.
Andrew Buzza was next to go, bowled for 12 and Gary Chappell was in and out for four, but that proved to be the final wicket to fall the win was sealed with five and a half overs to play.
With four to play the title is now Exmouth’s to lose. They do of course still, have some tough games to negotiate, but theirs is the position to want to be in at this stage of the campaign.
Premier Division top six with four to play.
Exmouth 14 10 3 0 1 227
Bovey Tracey 14 10 3 0 1 214
Sidmouth 14 9 4 0 1 209
North Devon 14 7 6 0 1 175
Exeter 14 7 6 0 1 169
Plymouth 14 7 6 0 1 158