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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
If Exmouth are to be crowned the 2013 Francis Clark Devon League Premier champions then the game at Plymouth where they claimed a nail-biting seven run success, will no doubt be acclaimed as the decisive moment, writes Stephen Birley.
The Maer men batted first in cloudy overcast conditions and were soon in grave danger of being beaten in double-quick time with half the side back in the pavilion with just 17 runs on the board and the match only 5.2 overs old!
A sixth wicket stand of 62 between Andy Buzza (24) and Trevor Anning (30) helped the total to 79 before the sixth wicket fell. The next wicket fell at 92 and that still left much to do for the visitors to post a competitive score.
However, this Exmouth side bat a long way down and they showed their strength again as Lawrence Greenway hit a half century and Mark Orchard chipped in with an unbeaten 36 as the pair added 95 in 21 overs and one ball to take the total to 187-8, with Greenway falling to the final ball of the 50th over.
Exmouth clearly needed to deliver the goods with the ball to take the win home with them. Trevor Anning bagged the t wicket in the third over and it was 46-2 with Sandy Allen taking the catch off Orchard’s bowling. A Trevor Anning inspired run-out left the reply 48-3 and it was soon 51-4 as David Lye accounted for the free-scoring home overseas batsman. The wickets continued to fall to 85-7 and then 112-8, but then a ninth wicket half century partnership fired the hosts right back into the contest.
With rain hitting and a new target set it meant that the home side were nine runs from victory with two wickets in hand when David Lye took a catch off Trevor Anning. Two runs later a Sandy Allen influenced run-out ended the home innings and Exmouth had sealed a thrilling final over seven run success.