Matchday eight in the Devon Cricket League - a look back to the 2015 campaign

PUBLISHED: 08:32 18 June 2020

Exmouth batsman Sandy Allen.  Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 9986-17-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Exmouth batsman Sandy Allen. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 9986-17-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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This coming Saturday (June 20) would have seen local clubs playing out matchday eight of the 2020 Tolchards Devon Cricket League.

Budleigh bowler Joel Murphy in action at the Fortfield on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 1212-24-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24Budleigh bowler Joel Murphy in action at the Fortfield on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 1212-24-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

With the regular season being one of 18 weeks, it means we would nearly have been at the halfway stage, but for the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

The last time that Devon League cricket was played on Saturday, June 20, was back in the 2015 campaign.

Exmouth were in the Premier Division and matchday eight saw them ease to a comfortable eight wicket win at home to Plymouth.

The visiting side were bowled out for 179 in one ball shy of 48 overs.

Harry O'Dywer keeping wicket for Clyst St George 2nds at home to Clyst Hydon 2nds. Ref exsp 21 19TI 5289. Picture: Terry IfeHarry O'Dywer keeping wicket for Clyst St George 2nds at home to Clyst Hydon 2nds. Ref exsp 21 19TI 5289. Picture: Terry Ife

David Lye claimed 3-32 and there were two wickets each for Marques Clarke, Bob Dawson and Trevor Anning.

Sandy Allen then stroked his way to an imperious unbeaten 103 as the Maer men wrapped up an eight-wicket success. Allen’s innings lasted just 129 deliveries during which time he hit 14 fours. The ‘best of the rest’ in terms of the bat for the Maer men was an unbeaten 30 from Gary Chappell.

Budleigh were in A Division action and they were impressive 173-run winners in their home meeting with Sandford.

Cephas Zhuwao top scored with 56 and there were contributions from the bats of Joel Murphy (37), Gwyn Parks (34no), Rob Craze (34) and Lloyd White 32 as Budleigh closed on 259-9.

Zhuwao then claimed 4-16 from eight overs and three wickets for Sid Ferreday and a brace for Joel Murphy saw Sandford bowled out for just 86 in 22 overs.

Clyst St George were away at Kenn where they lost a D Division West game by four wickets.

The Bohea Field men batted first and closed on 220-7, a total passed for the loss of six wickets by the home side.

In another D Division West game, Woodbury went down by 107 runs at home to Chelston.

Batting first, the visitors closed on 251-5 with Ross Jarvis (2-27) the most successful of the Woodbury bowlers while there was a wicket each for Nalin Chouhan, Ian Hughes and Simon Vicary. Riordan Deehan Jackson then top scored with 46 and other offerings with the bat came from Jim Jones (32) and Mickey Beer (25no) as Woodbury closed on 144-9.

Topsham St James were also in D Division West action and they won their visit to Buckland Monachorum by two wickets.

Daniel Armstrong (4-37) and Ross Treleavan (3-69) combined to bowl the home side out for 185 in 33.3 overs. Treleavan then top scored with 45 and Matthew Williams hit an unbeaten 42 as the Bonfire Field sealed victory in the 40th over.

In matchday eight 2nd XI action back on June 20, 2015, Exmouth 2nds were beaten by 71 runs when they met Plymouth 2nds in a Premier Division 2nd XI fixture. Plymouth batted first and closed on 254-4 with Sean Butler, Marc Douglas, Matt Tarry and Matt Coult, each claiming a wicket. Donovan Robinson then hit a half century with seven fours and two sixes. Nick Boult (28) and Marc Douglas (20) were the ‘best of the rest’ with the bat as Exmouth II were bowled out for 183.

Budleigh 2nds, who were also in the Premier Division 2nd XI that season, lost their meeting with Sandford II by 18 runs. Adam Jones (4-40) and fourth change Sean Mills (2-34) combined to restrict the Mid Devon men to a close of 223-8.

However, that won the game as Budleigh were then bowled out for 205 with the main resistance coming from Ed Doble (43), Alex Taylor (30) and Adam Jones (25).

Exmouth 3rd XI were in C Division East 2nd XI action and they defeated North Devon IIII by 89 runs.

Topsham St James 2nd XI went down by 24 runs in their D Division East 2nd XI meeting with Thorverton III.

Dean Pym (3-19) and Claire Pym (3-46) were the most successful of the Topsham bowlers as the Thors were bowled out for 173.

Topsham St James were then bowled out for 149 with the main contributor being Neil Argyle with an unbeaten 63.

Clyst St George 2nd XI were six wicket winners of their D Division West 2nd XI meeting with a Shaldon Optimists side they bowled out for 150.


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