More poor batting as Woodbury suffer third defeat

PUBLISHED: 09:44 25 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:15 10 June 2010

WOODBURY 1st XI slipped to their third defeat of the season after another disappointing performance with the bat meant they never had enough runs to defend at home to Kentisbeare, writes Neil Richards.

WOODBURY 1st XI slipped to their third defeat of the season after another disappointing performance with the bat meant they never had enough runs to defend at home to Kentisbeare, writes Neil Richards.James Kavanagh (27) and Tim Greenslade (16) got the innings off to a whirlwind start with 43 in seven overs, but once the pair were dismissed in consecutive overs - Greenslade stepping on his own stumps - the momentum went out of the innings, with several batsmen getting starts but not able to carry it through for the big score required. A key moment was the retirement of Jeff Cooper with a pulled calf muscle having reached 27. There were runs for captain Mark Davies (27) and vice-captain James Taylor (18no), but 142-7 always seemed a bit light.Whilst Woodbury's batting has struggled for most of the season, the bowling has always proved a threat and Taylor (2-28) and Neil Richards (1-18) soon had Kentisbeare worried on 15-3. But where Woodbury lacked the big scores and partnerships for a good total, Chris Gillett (42) and Neil Farley (54no) had no such problem adding 88 for the fourth wicket. Once Gillett was dismissed, Andy Chave came in and put the game beyond doubt in devastating fashion, hitting 34no in 11 balls, with three fours and three sixes as Kentisbeare crossed the line with six wickets and nearly 11 overs in hand.This defeat leaves Woodbury at the bottom of 'E' Division again, but with only three points separating four teams and a visit to fellow strugglers Roborough this Saturday, a run of victories will soon get Woodbury out of trouble.

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