Matthews so mighty as Exmouth II topple Bradninch II
PUBLISHED: 14:02 21 June 2011
Exmouth II made it a case of a Maer men double over Bradninch as the seconds emulated the senior side, beating the Mid Devon men by 100 runs.
Batting first they were led to an impressive 235-8 by a wonderful century from John Matthews (106) with the best of the rest being the S Cross’s 49 and Julian Page’s contribution of 21.
The post-tea session be came very much the Ashton Collinge show as he consistently put the ball in the right areas to land a six wicket haul.
Collinge finished with figures of 6-56 as Bradninch were bowled out for 135.
The twenty point haul helped to extend the Exmouth II lead at the top of the 2nd XI A Division table.
They are now eighteen points clear of new second placed side Sandford – Bradninch had been second going into their visit to the Maer ground – and, with the Creedy park side providing the opposition this weekend., victory in Mid Devon would further strengthen the sides grip on a promotion berth which of course leads back to the top flight of 2nd XI cricket in the County.
A delighted skipper, Stuart Rintoul said: “I must admit it was a real bonus for us when we were able to bat first and that gave us the opportunity to set a target and then get at them and that was very much what happened. There’s a real confidence sweeping through the side. The top three have now all struck centuries this season and, when you bat first and confidently post 220 plus on a regular basis, it is the platform for success. Jason (Matthew) played a delightful innings and it was also an invaluable contribution from Stuart (Cross) who was so unfortunate not to register what would have been a richly deserved half century. Things are going very well with what is a useful mix of youth and experience. It is also so encouraging to see lads step up into the senior side and play their part as Mike (Cliff) and Lawrence (Greenway) have shown this past weekend. Furthermore when you are able to call on the likes of the ageless Julian Page it has double benefits because not only do you get genuine consistency of performance but it also provides some invaluable experience for the younger lads to feed off. I do sense that there is a very real feeling throughout the team that they all think this team ought to be back at the top level of 2nd XI cricket and that is very much the target this season, to restore us to what we consider is the teams rightful place.”