Richards and Jones bowl their side to thrilling victory

PUBLISHED: 14:12 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:53 10 June 2010

Jeff Cooper hits out during his knock of 37 in Saturday’s game.  Ref: P3340-129-09SH

Jeff Cooper hits out during his knock of 37 in Saturday’s game. Ref: P3340-129-09SH

WOODBURY skipper Mark Davies was very content with how his side set about ensuring the villagers 2009 Francis Clark Devon League campaign got off to a winning start with a two run victory

WOODBURY skipper Mark Davies was very content with how his side set about ensuring the villagers 2009 Francis Clark Devon League campaign got off to a winning start with a two run victory

Batting first, Woodbury were all back in the pavilion for 95, this owing to a dramatic collapse from 68 without loss. Geoff Cooper (37) and Tim Greenslade (27) got their side off to a super start but wickets tumbled towards the conclusion of the innings, the final one falling in the 45th over.

Between innings, Davies was not too concerned about the sub one hundred total. He said: "Given the pace of the wicket, and the fact that the outfield was equally slow, I felt that the score was more like 130/140 so I was pleased with the collective effort."

Neil Richards opened the bowling and took 3-24 but the key moment came when Rob Jones was introduced as first change.

He promptly claimed a brace in his first over and that sparked a collapse from the Whimple batsmen, leaving them high and dry on 93 with the last wicket fittingly a catch, a superb one too at backward point, by Jones off the bowling of James Kavanagh.

Kavanagh finished with 2-5, Jones ended up with three wickets for 26 runs and Woodbury had their opening day win.

As to the season's expectations at Woodbury CC, the skipper says: "We are not one of those ultra-ambitious outfits, preferring instead to put the emphasis on enjoying our game of cricket with a beer or two afterwards and if, around that mix, we are able to win a few then we are going to be a happy bunch. We also do like to spend a great deal of time helping and developing the younger players. For me the key has to be availability, if we can get people available for regular selection then I fancy we will have a successful time off and on the square.


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