Chappell stars as Exmoutn win at North Devon
PUBLISHED: 08:13 15 July 2015 | UPDATED: 08:13 15 July 2015
Exmouth gave their flickering Tolchards Devon League title hopes a huge boost as they defeated title-chasing North Devon by 39 runs at Instow.
The Maer men batted first and Gary Chappell, together with Sandy Allen saw the score to 46 before Allen was trapped leg before for 13 to the final ball of the 10th over.
Chappell then lost Dan Pyle (12) and David Lye (0) to leave the score 73-3 and that became 80-4 with the dismissal of Chappell for a six boundary 40.
Bob Dawson then took centre stage as he added 41 for the fifth wicket with Richard Baggs (16) and 43 for the sixth with Trevor Anning (45) before he was the sixth man out for 40.
Anning and Marques Clarke added 52 for the seventh wicket at a run-a-ball before Anning was returned to the pavilion for 45. Clarke (33) and Alvin Pollard (3) were the not out batsmen at the close of the innings with the score 231-7.
If Chappell launched his teams batting with gusto he did the same with the ball as he claimed the first three home wickets to fall.
After the openers had eased along to 60 without loss, Chappell introduced himself to the attack as second change and quickly removed both openers and the number four batsman to leave North Devon 97-3 at the end of the 26th over.
David Lye then got into the wicket taking action aided by a Trevor Anning catch and a leg before decision in favour of Alvin Pollard left the run chase on 113-5.
That quickly became 140-8 before a 37-run partnership for the ninth wicket bean to get then home faithful feeling a comeback was on. However, Pollard ended the revival and also rounded things off, bowling Josh King for a 23-ball 51 with North Devon losing their final wicket on 192 in the 43rd over.
This was a welcome victory for the Maer men after they had suffered back-to-back defeats at the hands of Bovey Tracey and Exeter.
Post match skipper Richard Baggs said: “The boys played well, bowled really well and showed good intensity – it was a great result.”
Exmouth sit sixth, 46 points adrift of new leaders Sidmouth with seven matches remaining.
This Saturday the campaign reaches the two-thirds mark and Exmouth host Sidmouth looking to avenge a 49-run defeat they suffered at Fortfield in May.
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