Exmouth 2nds win at Tavistock to edge closer to return to top flight

PUBLISHED: 22:53 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 22:53 24 July 2013

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Exmouth II claimed a tenth victory in eleven matches to move ever nearer a swift return to the top flight of 2nd XI Francis Clark Devon League cricket as they beat A Division basement dwellers Tavistock by six wickets.

The home side batted first and closed on 234-5 with skipper Michael Collinge claiming two of the wickets to fall at a cost of 34 runs.

There was also a wicket each for Matt Tarry, Nicky Bolt and Harry Conway.

The run chase was a fairly routine affair for the Maer men at the picturesque setting on the deg of Dartmoor.

The winning line was crossed with just four wickets lost and still over six overs to bowl.

Donovan Robinson was the driving force as he stroked his way to an eleven boundary 85 and there was a magnificent half century for young Nicky Bolt who hit a nine boundary 53.

The pair put on 92 for the second wicket in 22 overs. Sam Conway was 32 not out when the win was confirmed.

The 17 points they banked was bettered by second placed Heathcoat II who closed the gap between the sides at the top of the table to 18 points whilst third placed Ipplepen II were beaten by fourth paced Plymstock and the gap between the Maer men and not being in a promotion berth is now 35 points with six games remaining.

This Saturday the 2nds travel to Plymouth III.

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