Exmouth 2nds suffer first defeat of the league season at Ipplepen

PUBLISHED: 11:46 18 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:46 18 July 2013

Exmouth action from the game at Bradninch

Exmouth action from the game at Bradninch

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Exmouth 2nds suffered their first defeat of the Francis Clark Devon League S Division defeat when they were beaten by a single wicket at Ipplepen II.

The Maer men batted first and were indebted to two big individual contributions as they were bowled out for 217 in 40.2 overs.

Opener Stuart Rintoul struck 71 and George Greenway, batting at number five, hit 81.

The pair put on 63 for the fourth wicket.

The middle and late order fell away badly with just one batsman from number six down reaching double figures! That was Sam Conway at six who hit 14. The only other Exmouth batsman to record double figures in then side was Donovan Robinson with 16.

Ipplepen also found the going difficult on what was a decent batting surface but also a wicket that offered much to the bowlers who put the ball in the right areas!

Half the home team were out with just 59 on the score board, but they rallied to 173-6 then lost two quick wickets and, at 184-8 the run chase looked all over with the visitors looking to mop up the tail. However, the tail wagged sufficiently to get the hosts over the line with their last pair at the wicket and with just two deliveries left in the contest!

George Greenway picked up 3-58 to sit tidily with his earlier runs and there was also a three wicket haul for Matt Tarry whilst Scott Butler bagged a brace and Ollie Dawe got the other wicket to fall.

The defeat does precious little damage to the teams table topping status as second placed Heathcoat also lost going down to third placed Heathcoat II whilst fourth placed Hatherleigh II were surprisingly beaten at Bradninch!

Saturday marks the two-thirds point of the season and Exmouth head into their game at second bottom Tavistock looking to, at the very least, maintain their 21-point lead at the top.

Rivals Heathcoat and Hatherleigh go head-to-head at Knightshayes.

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