Exmouth exit Premier Division title race after defeat to Plymouth
PUBLISHED: 10:04 02 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:04 02 August 2018
Exmouth can forget about winning the Premier Division title this season after sliding to an eight-wicket defeat against Plymouth, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.
Exmouth’s batting barely revved at all as they were bundled out for 121 in the 37th over.
Sam Stein (3-39) knocked over both openers, then Adam Talbott (3-21) got into the middle order as Exmouth faded to 54 for five.
Dan Pyle stuck around to make a top score of 37, but support was thin on the ground.
Fahad Ali spun out Pyle and that left Dan Goodey and Faizan Riaz to account for the rest. Pyle’s knock apart, the only other Exmouth batsmen into double figures were Miles Lenygon (21), number eight bat Harrison Filland (16) and Callum French (10).
Plymouth moved Dan Robotham up the order to open and the ploy paid off as he batted through for an unbeaten 36.
Riaz got on with it at the other end – he made 53 in better than even time – and by the time he went the target was 13 to win. Robotham and Hal Kerton sealed an eight-wicket victory.
Victory took Plymouth past Exmouth into fourth place.
Exmouth captain Bob Dawson didn’t mince his words after the game.
“We batted really poorly and had a stinker,” said Dawson.
“When we lost to Sidmouth and Heathcoat we played pretty well and could have won both games.
“There was nothing wrong with the wicket – a bit of movement, nothing else – and it wasn’t as if we were 30 for three and in bits.
“We just picked the wrong day to have a shocker.”
On Exmouth chances of winning the title now, Dawson said: “That’s us done now.
“We are 29 points behind Sidmouth and won’t be catching them.”
Exeter make the short trip to Exeter this Saturday.
On Sunday Exmouth are back at the Maer for the West play-offs in the Vitality Blast ECB Club T20 competition. Exmouth play Cornish champions Penzance in the morning. Port Talbot and Bath meet at lunchtime with the respective winners staying on for the final.