Clyst St George edged out at home - it's now five defeats from five!

PUBLISHED: 19:39 06 June 2011

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THE Francis Clark, Devon League, B Division table makes grim reading for Clyst St George followers after five games of the season.

With this coming Saturday marking the completion of the first third of the season’s matches, the Bohea Field side find themselves one of just two teams, across the seven Divisions of the league to sport a record of played five and lost five!

Their latest defeat was rather typical of their early season lack of good fortune as they made a good fist of a run chase, only to lose their final wicket a mere handful of runs shy of their victory target.

Visiting Dartington and Totnes batted first and made the most of an excellent Bohea Field surface, making their way to a competent 247.

Tim Downer (4-80) and Chris Cook (3-50), were the principle wicket takers for the hosts.

The reply was well led by a superb 82 from Cook with George Randall Johnson (30) and Aussie Steve Bourke (20), providing the major support.

Whilst Cook was at the wicket a successful run chase seemed possible but, once he departed, wickets fell, the final one going down on 232 leaving the visitors winners by just 15 runs.

So Clyst find themselves somewhat cast adrift at the foot of the table with 32 points, already 22 shy of third bottom Chudleigh who they meet on Saturday week. Before that they are again at home this coming Saturday with the visit of second placed South Devon.

Meanwhile, Clyst St George II claimed a losing draw from their visit to Plymouth Civil Service and Roborough. Paul Laverick bagged a brace of wickets as the hosts powered their way to 265-8. Dan Takle (33) and an unbeaten 20 from Matt Knight, helped see the reply to a close of 158-7.

This weekend the Clyst second eleven travel to table topping Ipplepen II who have won all five of their games so far and banked all but seven of the century of points they have played for.

MAKE SURE of your copy of the Exmouth Journal this week (out on Thursday June 9) to read the thoughts of Clyst St Gorge skipper Matthew Cook

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