Kemsley is the star.
PUBLISHED: 09:10 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:43 10 June 2010
WOODBURY were left frustrated by a losing draw at home to Roborough, although, in the grander scheme of things, it may yet prove to be the pivotal result of the season, writes Neil Richards. What the result meant was that Roborough was effectiovely knocke
WOODBURY were left frustrated by a losing draw at home to Roborough, although, in the grander scheme of things, it may yet prove to be the pivotal result of the season, writes Neil Richards.
What the result meant was that Roborough was effectiovely knocked out of the race for promotion, as they have now completed their season, and it takes Woodbury into the final game of the campaign on Saturday at Kentisbeare seeking a victory and 11 points more than Halberton bank in their home game with champions elect Ashburton, and the Town lane ground men will be celebrating promotion to the D Division at stumps this weekend!
Roborough got off to a good start with Brian Gaylard (72) and Rob Gaylard (15) adding 63 for the opening wicket, with Woodbury's bowlers struggling to find a consistent length on the best batting track of the season, and failing to take the chances that Brian Gaylard offered up.
Greg Bridgett (48), Rob Baker (24) and Ben Wilkinson (22) kept the scoring rate going as Roborough posted 241 for nine. James Kavanagh took four for 42, with support from Neil Richards (two for 39) and James Taylor (two for 64), and two spectacular diving catches in the deep by Andy Smale.
For any realistic chance of chasing down such a large target, it needed a big innings from either of the leading run scorers Tim Greenslade and James Kavanagh, but they were soon dismissed for 26 and 10, respectively, and a long afternoon beckoned.
It was a first league fifty from Brian Kemsley and an unbeaten 32 from James Taylor that led Woodbury to safety as they closed on 191 for six, with J Sharpe (three for 52) and Steve Light (two for 42) providing the main threat.
Attention now turns to events in Mid Devon at the weekend where away wins for the visitors at Kentisbeare and Halberton will surely result in Woodbury climbing into a higher Division in the Francis Clark Devon League.