Exmouth send Plympton back down to the A Division
PUBLISHED: 05:49 13 August 2015 | UPDATED: 05:49 13 August 2015
Exmouth skipper Gary Chappell was left to lament losing the toss as his team won handsomely at home to a Plympton side who will now make a swift return to the A Division.
Plympton have struggled in the top flight all season and were 44 points adrift at the bottom midway through the season and already looking odds-on for the drop.
at the Maer ground confirmed their relegation as it left them 85 points adrift with only 60 to play
Plympton were skittled out for 105 at the Maer Ground with Dom Mulberry’s 19 the best of a sorry set of scores.
David Ackford and Josh Mailling were both dismissed on 24, David Wrench, Todd Rossouw and Tom Johnson went nine balls apart all on 54 and when Ross Farrer was bowled by Gary Chappell the score was 59 for six.
Mulberry and Ryan Skinner (14) kept Exmouth out there a little longer than they would have liked, not that it made much difference to the outcome.
Chappell finished with four for 19 and there were two wickets each for David Lye and Trevor Anning.
Exmouth experimented with their batting order to keep the game interesting, giving opener Sandy Allen and former Devon captain Bob Dawson a break from front line duties.
Dan Pyle anchored the chase with a run-a-ball 41 and was last out at 98 with the target down to seven to win.
“We stuck to the task and got the job done,” said Chappell.
“The game didn’t have much of a competitive feel to it with them relegated and us having nothing to play for.
“It would have been nice to have won the toss to give our batters the opportunity to get some big runs under their belts in good batting conditions, but never mind.”
Exmouth sit a humble fifth in the Premier Division on 200 points. That’s 60 less than champions-in-waiting Torquay and 61 more than second bottom Paignton.
The final three games of the top flight term for Chappell and his men see them travel to Torquay this Saturday (August 15) and then they go to Plymouth before rounding things off at the Maer ground on the final match day of the season (August 29) with a visit from Bovey Tracey.