Chappell heroics can’t prevent Exmouth warm-up defeat

PUBLISHED: 19:30 11 April 2015 | UPDATED: 19:30 11 April 2015


Gary Chappell led a young Exmouth side into their 40-over pre-season match with his former club Bradninch at the Maer ground.

Chappell led from the front with four wickets and a half century, but it proved to be in a losing cause as the Mid Devon men won by 28 runs.

Alvin Pollard and Ollie Dawe were given the new ball duties and both bowled tight lines without getting any success. It was South African born Mark Douglas who claimed the first wicket of the new Exmouth season. The medium pacer dismissed Bradninch opener Mark Ashplant in the 10th over thanks to a catch held by Stuart Cross, leaving the visitors 27-1 after 9.4 overs.

Chappell called himself into action as the second change bowler and it was he who struck next, removing Devon Undfer-17 wicket keeper batsman Josh Cann without scoring – the youngster bowled by the 13th ball he faced. The visitors then added 90 at a run-a-ball before Bradninch skipper Hardy was caught by Jamie Tapper off the bowling of young Ryan Schafler for 58. A superb second spell with the ball from Chappell saw him take three wickets in four balls as he dismissed Bradninch player-coach Luandre van Wyk (52) Will Greig (19) and Abdul Zafar (0) to leave the visitors reeling on 152-6 after 33 overs. They rallied thanks to a run-a-ball unbeaten 26 from former Maer man Lawrence Greenway. However, the innings closed after 40 overs with Bradninch 196-8.

Chappell led the bowling honours with a four wicket haul. He finished with the splendid figures of 4-18 from eight overs. Pollard, who claimed wickets with the last two deliveries he bowled meaning he is on a hat-trick next time he turns his arm over, finished with figures of 2-20 from eight overs.

The home reply was hit by the loss of three early wickets with Devon Over-50 bowler Paul Nott claiming the wickets of Mark Douglas and Finn Marks whilst Jamie Tappper was clean bowled by the third delivery of the reply, the bowler being Abdul Zaffar.

Chappell was in at number four and he and Nicky Bolt added 43 in ten overs before Bolt fell for 25. Stuart Cross was the fifth wicket to fall with the reply then 60-5 after 18 overs.

Chappell was joined by 16-year-old Jack England and the youngster announced his arrival with a huge six. He helped his skipper add 55 for the sixth wicket before he was out for 13 and, eight runs later, Chappell joined him back in the Maer ground pavilion for what had been a splendid 53. Chappell was at the crease for 91 minutes and he faced 76 balls hitting six fours and two sixes.

Alvin Pollard (not out 16 from 26) and Ollie Dawe (21 from 16 balls) gave it their best. However, the visitors claimed the victory with the return of Paul Nott who removed both Harry Conway and Ryan Schaefler to leave the Maer men all out for 168 and Bradninch victors by 28 runs.


Bradninch 196-8 (D Hardy 58, L van Wyke 52, J Greenway 26; G Chappell 4-18, A Pollard 2-20). Exmouth 168 (G Chappell 53, N Bolt 25; P Nott 4- 13). Bradninch bt Exmouth by 28 runs.

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