Disappointment for Exmouth in opening day defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:53 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH skipper Richard Baggs had mixed emotions after his side's opening day Maer Ground defeat at the hands of Abbotskerswell.

EXMOUTH skipper Richard Baggs had mixed emotions after his side's opening day Maer Ground defeat at the hands of Abbotskerswell.Baggs called correctly, stuck the visitors in and then watched his bowlers bundle the opposition out for 129, although, on any other given day the score board would surely have shown far less than that.Chris Travers and Toby Ingham were the bowlers who took wickets and it is still a mystery to Baggs as to why Trevor Anning, on his Maer debut, did not bag a hatful of victims and, indeed, the visitors tally would then have been around 50!Baggs said: "It is not an exaggeration when I say that Trevor (Anning),beat the bat a good 40 times. He was consistently on the spot and it was clearly fated that every time he beat the ball the opposition simply never got a touch."Faced with such a low target, Baggs sent his batsmen out to attack the total but a combination of some superb bowling and one or two batsmen not selecting the right approach, the home reply floundered on 102 to consign Exmouth to a 27 run opening day defeat.Baggs said: "It is disappointing, for it was one of those games when, on another day, I am sure we'd have knocked them over good and early and all been home around tea time. Let's give credit to them, their strike bowler was very effective in those conditions and, unlike the unfortunate Trevor, he clearly did get the nicks to knock the stuffing out of our top order."James Burke (23) and Chris Jelly (22), were the only home batsmen to really trouble the scorers.However the skipper did have high praise for 17 year old Ingham of whom he said: "Toby (Ingham) is going to be a good asset to us. He bowled very well in tandem with Trevor and he will learn a great deal from someone of Trevor's ilk. Both of them were moving the ball for fun at times and I fancy that, if we support them with consistently good fielding, then the pair will be picking up plenty of wickets this term."Baggs and his side now move onto matchday two and what looks like a tricky visit to Heathcoat.Baggs says: "Given an opening day disappointing defeat, I'd have to say that a trip to Knightshayes is not one I would have chosen. They (Heathcoat) look to have put a useful side together and I see that they had a fine win over North Devon in the 1st Division of the Sunday League last weekend. However, we have put together a competent side and it will do us no harm to get straight into these early season big games, it should sharpen everybody and I am sure that, if we all perform to our potential on the day, we will obtain the desired result.

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