Brave Reader can't quite take Exmouth under-11s to the win at Heathcoat
PUBLISHED: 14:50 28 June 2011 | UPDATED: 14:50 28 June 2011
Exmouth under-11s just failed to claim victory in a close encounter against Heathcoat.
The game, played at Tiverton last Sunday on a blisteringly hot morning, was contested on a good batting track which, coupled with one of the boundaries being on the short side, made for an opportunity to pile on the runs.
However, some outstanding bowling by the Exmouth seamers and spinners restricted the hosts to just 95 after their twenty overs spell with the bat.
The early work was done by Theo Northover and Morgan Wright who, between them, sent down eight overs for just 30 runs. With excellent support from Luke Davies and James Horler, together with some splendid fielding, including a wonderful run out created by some smart fielding by Northover, the Exmouth target was considerably less than it might have been.
The reply got off to a poor start though and Horley, Hurley, Hall and Schaefler, were all returned to the pavilion with a mere 19 runs on the board, all falling to the home sides outstanding opening bowler who went onto claim a deserved fivefer.
With wickets tu8mbling Max Reader took matters into his own hands and began to pout bat to ball with great gusto, stroking five 4s to put Exmouth back into the game.
Reader added seven with Northover and a similar amount with Wright but wickets continued to fall and, when last man Luke Davies joined Reader at the crease a dozen runs were still needed for Exmouth to win the game. Reader went for it, but was bowled off the second delivery of the final over and so Exmouth slipped to a narrow defeat one that the impressive Reader did his best to ensure had a very different outcome!