Taylor and Dawe star as Exmouth edged out by Exeter - but only just!

PUBLISHED: 10:07 03 June 2010 | UPDATED: 13:28 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH under-13s were involved in a compelling meeting with the all-conquering Exeter side.

EXMOUTH under-13s were involved in a compelling meeting with the all-conquering Exeter side.

The game, played at the Maer ground, saw Exeter win the toss and opt to bat. On a magnificent surface for batting the visiting openers played some delightful shots and set the foundation for the side but some excellent home bowling saw the final total on 138-2. James Colville-Hyde and Callum Wade were the successful wicket takers whilst both Ollie Dawe and Ryan Taylor bowled excellently to return identical figures of 0-7 from two overs each.

Exmouth's run chase looked to be on target, despite the early loss of two wickets with Eddie Taylor and Ollie Dawe adding 84 before both retired unbeaten, after splendid knocks of 42. Exeter then regained some control, picking up wickets and stemming the flow of runs despite an unbeaten 13 from Henry Marks to keep his side in the hunt. It came down to seven runs needed from the final over of the contest.

Unfortunately for the hosts only three were scored as the Exeter strike bowler returned to deliver a superb line and length. The final margin of defeat for Exmouth was just three runs.

The two sides could well meet again later in the season in the MCC National Trophy after Exeter defeated Thorverton and, if Exmouth can see off Sidmouth, they will take on the currently unbeaten Exeter side again - that would be a match not to miss!

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