Below par performance with the bat costs Woodbury dear

PUBLISHED: 10:01 28 May 2009 | UPDATED: 11:03 10 June 2010

THE Woodbury 1st XI suffered their first defeat of the league season when beaten at home by Ashburton as a poor batting display left them with no meaningful target to defend, writes Neil Richards.

THE Woodbury 1st XI suffered their first defeat of the league season when beaten at home by Ashburton as a poor batting display left them with no meaningful target to defend, writes Neil Richards.The home side started comfortably with the bat, and, at 61-2 with Tim Greenslade (39) and Matt Plowman (14) scoring freely, they looked capable of accelerating the team to a good score.Plowman was then run out from a direct hit and Woodbury's middle order vanished without trace as the home team collapsed to 70-7 as George Colwill (4-28) ripped through the batting.It was Martin Cook (19) and Rob Jones (17no) who saved the innings from complete meltdown as they added 35 for the eighth wicket as Woodbury managed to use up their overs and post 116-8.This always looked an under-par score, and so it proved, as Ashburton worked their way through the target with four wickets and 15 overs to spare.Cook (2-26), Jones (1-18) and James Taylor (1-42) were the wicket-takers as Woodbury were left to rue a poor batting display with the eventual outcome seeing them bank just a trio of points.Meanwhile, the 2nd XI encountered a tough afternoon away at Feniton before hanging on bravely to extract a losing draw from the match at Acland Park.The home side batted first on a sun-kissed afternoon and did well to amass 245-5 from their 46 overs on a good batting track with youngster, Toby Devine, hitting a wonderfully fluent 92.Woodbury gave debuts to 12 year-olds James Roberts and George Jarman, who both fielded well with Roberts taking a fine catch as 'Chalky' White took 3-51.In reply, Woodbury were never in the hunt as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Openers Kevin Miller and David Allen put on 27 in quick time before Allen was bowled for 18.Roberts (9) batted well on his first knock and wickets then tumbled as Francis Pyle took 6-23. Miller (24), John Ingham (33no) and 'Chalky' White (19) ensured the draw as the game petered out with Woodbury hanging on at 140-9.Both sides sit 3rd bottom in their respective Divisions.On Saturday the 1st XI visit Honiton whilst the 2nd XI host Kilmington.


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