Metters takes five and Exmouth march on
PUBLISHED: 09:41 30 June 2010
EXMOUTH have reached the half way stage of the Francis Clark Devon League A Division well on course to reclaim their place in the top flight next summer.
On Saturday, the Maer men recorded a 75 run win at Torquay and, as a result of picking up their seventh win in nine outings this term, they find themselves sitting 19 points clear of second placed Heathcoat and a whopping 51 points ahead of the side in third, Sandford.
David Lye continued his rich vein of form with a top score of 67, putting g on 72 for the fifth wicket with Trevor Anning who made 35.
It was that mid innings partnership that allowed then table topers to play their way into a match winning position. At 72-4 they looked a little uncomfortable but the fact is that the 2010 Exmouth CC 1st XI is strong all the way down the order. Nick Folland chipped in with 32 and the innings closed on 220-9.
Chris Metters then produced another exceptional spell of bowling, celebrating his recent call-up to the Minor Counties XI with a five wicket haul and, with support from Anning (2-29) it seemed that Exmouth would record a routine victory.
However the home side stubbornly refused to capitulate and began to block their way to what they hoped would be a draw. The ploy did not work though as the final wicket fell with just four balls of the contest remaining.
Next up for Exmouth is Saturday’s Maer ground visit of third placed Sandford who, when they met in Mid Devon on the opening day of the season, were beaten by six wickets in a game that saw Metters take six wickets and skipper Baggs three and then David Lye hit 47 to lead the side to that opening day success.
A similar result on Saturday and the gap between Exmouth and the third placed side could be one of almost uncatchable margins, barring, of course, a Devon Loch style collapse over the last eight games!