Lenygon ton sees Maer men to third straight Premier Division triumph
PUBLISHED: 11:04 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:07 22 May 2018
Exmouth made it played three and won three in their Tolchards Devon League Premier Division campaign as they beat visiting Hatherleigh by four wickets at sun-kissed Maer ground.
Visiting skipper Mark Lake won the toss and opted to take advantage of what looked an ideal batting strip, but Hatherleigh were two wickets down before 40 runs had been scored after an Andrew Buzza catch gave Alvin Pollard the opening wicket and then David Lye knocked over the stumps to leave the score 39-2.
The next pair all but doubled the total before Buzza won a leg before decision and it was soon 114-4 as Buzza struck again with another straight delivery that hit the stumps.
The fifth wicket went down with the score on 130, Bob Dawson claiming the first of his two and he quickly got his second aided by a David Lye catch to leave Hatherleigh 167-6.
Just five runs later a Sandy Allen stumping from the bowling of off-spinner Billy Rudolph accounted for the seventh wicket and wickets eight and nine were a Bob Dawson inspired run out with the score on 191 and then another Allen stumping off Rudolph to leave Hatherleigh closing on 198-9 after their 50 overs.
Three Exmouth bowlers bagged a brace with their figures being; Rudolph (2-37), Buzza (2-40) and Dawson (2-44), each having sent down a full complement of 10 overs and there were single wickets for Alvin Pollard (1-23 from seven overs) and David Lye (1-41 from 10).
Chasing a ‘very achievable’ target that required four runs per over, the Maer men made a right hash of the start of the run chase with both Sandy Allen (2) and David Lye (3) back in the pavilion with just five runs on the board! However, Miles Lenygon came to the wicket at number four to join Dan Pyle and the pair added 93 runs for the third wicket before they were parted after Pyle was bowled for 22.
Just two runs were added before the end of what had been a magnificent Lenygon innings – he was eventually stumped off the 92nd ball he received by which time he had amassed a personal score of 128 with no fewer than 24 fours!
After the centurion’s departure it was left to the in-form Buzza to hit an unbeaten 25 to see the home side to victory, one that was achieved with four wickets in tact and as many as 13.1 overs still to be sent down!
Post match Exmouth skipper Richard Baggs said: “Miles was simply awesome - it one of the most brutal hundreds I’ve seen. He just took them apart and hit the ball as hard as I’ve seen.
“The last two matches have shown how massively Miles and Buzza have improved since being away. Both are really enjoying their cricket. They have always had the game but now are transferring it into the field. We have great momentum at the moment and need to carry that on to next week against Plymouth.” On Saturday (May 26), the Maer men seek a fourth straight win when they travel to sixth placed Plymouth, who have won one and lost two of their top flight games so far this season.