Harris takes four wickets as Exmouth bag opening day victory

PUBLISHED: 09:35 06 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:35 06 May 2018

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

DAVID MARIUZ

Exmouth powered their way to an impressive six wicket win over visiting Heathcoat to launch their 2018 Tolchards Devon League campaign at a sun-kissed Maer ground.

Heathcoat won the toss and opted to bat, but were a wicket down with just 29 on the board with Sam Harris taking the honour of being the first Exmouth bowler to claim a league wicket at the Maer ground in 2018, trapping one of the openers leg before. Harris claimed the second wicket, snared with 34 runs on the board thanks to a catch by wicket keeper Sandy Allen.

The third wicket fell with the score on 59, this time Alvin Pollards smart piece of fielding ensured a run out and it was the combination of glovesman Allen and the bowlers that accounted for wickets four and five, one falling to an Allen catch off the bowling of David Lye and the other to an Allen stumping off the bowling of Dan Pyle.

Opening bowler Pete Turnbull returned to claim the sixth wicket with Heathcoat on 109 and nine runs later two further wickets had fallen with Harris getting his third – courtesy of a Turnbull catch and a clean bowled for Ben Twine and the final visiting wicket fell with the score on 127 with Harris finishing what he started, taking the final wicket thanks to a Miles Lenygon catch.

Exmouth skipper Richard Baggs used six bowlers and five of them shared the wicket taking with top billing going to Sam Harris, who returned figures of 4-32 from 8.5 overs. The other opener was Peter Turnbull, and his figures were 1-27 from eight.

First change, Ben Twine, took 2-25 from eight overs and second change, David Lye, had figures of 1-12 from seven. Dan Pyle’s one over resulted in his wicket and 15 runs and the one bowler not to get a wicket was fourth change Callum French who had figures of 0-10 from three.

Sandy Allen and David Lye launched the reply, but they put on just 23 before Lye fell, clean bowled for 11.

Callum French joined Allen and the pair took the reply to 103 before Allen fell for a five boundary 53, scored from 89 deliveries. In at number four for the Maer men was Miles Lenygon, and he saw French dismissed at the other end, caught having scored 34 from 97 balls faced and, when Lenygon was stumped on nine, the reply was 118-4.

However, Bob Dawson, in at five, and number six bat Dan Pyle, saw their side to a comfortable six wicket win with both on six when the win was confirmed off the final ball of the 44th over. The Maer ground faithful were able to depart for home in the comfortable knowledge that their favourites had launched anew top flight campaign with a maximum 20 point haul.

In other top flight games, reigning champions Bovey Tracey lost at last year’s runners-up, Bradninch, beaten by three wickets with the home team’s overseas player, Zimbabwean Tendai Maruma scoring 95. Hatherleigh banked a maximum 20 points with a six wicket win over North Devon, Exeter defeated Plymouth by a single wicket in a thrilling contest and Sidmouth were three wicket winners over top flight new boys Sandford.

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