Benton and Anning guide Exmouth to top spot in the Francis Clark Devon League

PUBLISHED: 10:12 10 July 2013

Exmouth action from the game at Bradninch

Exmouth action from the game at Bradninch

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Exmouth claimed a seventh win in ten Francis Clark Devon league to flight games as they beat hosts Bradninch by 33 runs.

Devon pair Seb Benton and Trevor Anning both hit half-centuries as Exmouth made 259 for six in their 50 overs.

It turned into a weekend of very different fortunes for the Maer men for their followed Saturday’s success that ultimately put them top of the Premier Division with a nine run defeat in the final of the Exeter and East Devon section of the Devon T20 competition.

Saturday’s win owed much to the all-round quality of Trevor Anning who was named the sponsors Man of the Match at Bradninch.

Sandy Allen and skipper Richard Baggs put on 73 in the first 14 overs and there were contributions from David Lye (28) and Gary Chappell (19) with the bulk of the runs being scored by Seb Benton with a smooth half century and Trevor Anning who was not out 54 as Exmouth posted a score of 259-6 in their 50 overs.

Anning then claimed 2-44 and Toby Ingham bagged a brace for just 32 runs from nine excellent overs as the Mid Devon side were restricted to 226-9 in their reply.

Exmouth skipper Richard Baggs said: “We batted reasonably well, if a little slowly, but I thought our collective effort in the field was abysmal. We can, and will, field much better than that; it was certainly below standard for us. I did think Toby (Ingham), bowled well, that was a big plus for us.”

The win and a second defeat in three games for Bovey Tracey beaten by six wickets at Exeter, leaves Richard Baggs side sitting two points clear at the top of the table.

On Saturday the Maer men host Sidmouth in the Match of the Day.

The day after the Bradninch success Exmouth were back in Mid Devon at the section finals of the County T20 competition.

They eased past Heathcoat in the semi-final before meeting Sidmouth in the final. The Fortfield side were without Josh Bess, away skippering Devon, but Exmouth were without five of their stars for the day before, all with Bess on county duty in Herefordshire!

Sidmouth powered their way to what looked a match winning 176-2. However, Gary Chappell then thumped an unbeaten 84 to take the Maer men to 167-6 and, though beaten by nine runs, it was clear that Exmouth had gone mighty close to an unlikely success given the quality of players they had missing. It says much for the strength in depth at the Maer this term that they got as close as they did. Chappell apart, there were impressive knocks in the final from Ollie Dawe and Sam Conway.

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