Woodbury claim nervy win in Exeter.

PUBLISHED: 11:06 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:10 10 June 2010

WITH the eyes of the cricketing world following the Twenty-20 World Cup, Woodbury and Exeter Civil Service seemed intent on producing their own version of the short format, putting on an action-packed game that finished before 5:30pm, writes Neil Richards

WITH the eyes of the cricketing world following the Twenty-20 World Cup, Woodbury and Exeter Civil Service seemed intent on producing their own version of the short format, putting on an action-packed game that finished before 5:30pm, writes Neil Richards.Both teams reached 50 inside eight overs, suffered major batting collapses, held good catches, dropped chances, missed run outs and there was even a bowler removed from the attack due to three beamers being bowled!Exeter Civil Service liked the look of their own pitch and decided to bat first on winning the toss. They reached a half-century in the eighth over, with both James Taylor and Neil Richards both struggling for consistency, the latter having his day cut short having bowled three beamers in his first over.Skipper Mark Davies stepped into the breach for his first competitive bowl in over 12 months and reaped immediate rewards, taking 4-27 from 9.1 overs. Martin Cook and Rob Jones cleaned up the tail, both taking 3-11 as the home team collapsed from 52-0 to 96 all out in 30.4 overs.Woodbury's batting has struggled for most of the season, but a good start from James Kavanagh (39 from 27 balls) and Andy Smale (19) took the visitors to 62-1, with the 50 coming up even quicker than the home side, this in the seventh over. Five wickets for ten runs soon put nerves on tenterhooks as Rob Payne (4-23) and Rehann Caryl (3-17) ran through the middle order. It was left to David Allen (9) and James Taylor (9no) to see Woodbury through to a two-wicket victory as they passed the target in 21.5 overs.Next up is this weekend's home game with Kentisbeare.Woodbury's 2nd XI entertained Exmouth III at their Town Lane ground and came away with another losing draw.Exmouth were put into bat and Julian Page proved a class apart as he hit a chanceless 110 from his team's total of 194-8. Wickets were shared between Kevin Miller (2-49), Mickey Beer (2-58), Ian Hughes & 'Chalky' White, who each picked up one wicket and there were three run outs.In reply, Woodbury could never put a partnership together as wickets fell at regular intervals; only Kevin Miller (44) made double figures from the top six in the order. Some good late runs from Darryl Stevens (28), White (17) and Rob Carter (10) earned some batting points, but a win was never really on the cards as Woodbury ended on 161-9.

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