Exmouth edged out despite Chappell heroics in Twenty20 final
PUBLISHED: 00:38 08 July 2013 | UPDATED: 00:38 08 July 2013
Exmouth were edged out in a thrilling Exeter and East Devon final of the Devon Twenty20 Cup at a sun-kissed Knightshayes on Sunday.
After brushing aside hosts Heathcoat in the day’s second semi final they took on a Sidmouth side who had earlier beaten Exeter in the day’s semi-final.
Sidmouth were without Josh Bess on duty with Devon, but Exmouth were shorn of David Lye, Mark Orchard, Seb Benton, Trevor Anning and Sandy Allen and so when Sidmouth, led by former Heathcoat star Liam Lewis, posted an imposing total of 176 it looked a one-sided affair.
However, Gary Chappell though otherwise and he and Andy Buzza gave their side a cracking start with 50 on the board in just four overs.
Then disaster struck with Buzza run-out and that started a desperate collapse with three more wickets falling for the addition of no further runs, indeed the wickets all fell with Chappell a bystander at the opposite end!
However, first Sam Conway and then Ollie Dawe made important supporting contributions as Chappell continued on his merry way at the other end.
They got it down to a manageable eight an over with three to go but then another wicket fell and a Liam Lewis over went for just a single run. It left Chappell needing to find 13 off the final over and he was left a frustrated figure at the end, unbeaten on a magnificent 82, as Sidmouth celebrated a narrow victory.
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