Double defeat for Clyst St George XI's.

PUBLISHED: 09:37 25 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 10 June 2010

THERE was a disappointing outcome for Clyst St George when they lost their B Division meeting with Plymstock by three wickets.

THERE was a disappointing outcome for Clyst St George when they lost their B Division meeting with Plymstock by three wickets.Clyst went into the game at their Bohea Field headquarters with only Tavistock above them in the table but, by stumps, they had slipped out of the promotion berths into 4th spot.It all started reasonably well for Clyst as they claimed all but one of the batting points with a score of 198-9. Chris Cook continued his good form with 57 and there was a knock of 36 from Alex Blest.However the visitors made it home with three wickets to spare despite another fine effort from Chris Cook who took 2-25 to add to his earlier half century, and Oliver Whitton, who claimed 3-69.Clyst St George travel to bottom of the table Kingsbridge this Saturday looking to get back into the promotion places. They will start the game in South Devon against a side who claimed only their first victory of the B Division season on Saturday when beating Bideford by 23 runs, some three places, and nineteen points behind table topping Tavistock.The Clyst St George 2nd XI slipped to a 6th defeat in eight outings this season when they went down by 88 runs against Brixham.The South Devon hosts batted first and, thanks to the combined efforts of Douglas Wibberley, who took 3-29, and Neil Anning, who claimed 3-28, were bundled out for 158 which, at tea, seemed to suggest that a much sought after first win of the season for Oz Besley's side was set before them.However, post tea, Clyst St George found batting just as difficult as only Sean Middleton with 19 made any impression in the score book as the side were hustled out for just 70 with no other batter recording double figures.Skipper Besley said: "I was happy at tea for I had felt 150 was a decent target to take on. But batting down there was difficult. For the first twenty overs of their innings the track did nothing unusual but then it started to pop all over the place and we certainly got the rough end of the wedge in terms of batting on it."It leaves Besley's men some 15 points adrift at the foot of the table, however, there is light at the end of the tunnel inasmuch as, this coming weekend, they reach the half way stage of the campaign with a home game against the side immediately above them in the table, Ivybridge.Should that first win arrive at the weekend then the side will head into the second half of the season with high hopes of avoiding the drop. Besley says: "There is no getting away from the fact that this is a crunch game on Saturday. The confidence is low at the moment but that will all change with a victory.

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