Woodbury hit by Tansley

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:05 10 June 2010

A COMBINATION of poor fielding and disappointing batting led to Woodbury's downfall as they slipped to a 45 run defeat at the hands of a Phil Tansley inspired Honiton, writes Neil Richards.

A COMBINATION of poor fielding and disappointing batting led to Woodbury's downfall as they slipped to a 45 run defeat at the hands of a Phil Tansley inspired Honiton, writes Neil Richards.Stand-in skipper James Taylor won Woodbury's first toss of the season and soon reaped the rewards, reducing the home side to 50-3 of which Taylor accounted for 3-44.Phil Tansley came in at number five and old frailties returned to Woodbury's fielding as they dropped no fewer than five catches, three of them off Tansley, who went to top score with 69, an innings that included ten 4's and two 6's.There was great support to the Honiton cause from Rob Ingram (40) and their skipper Phil Matravers (31), with Tansley and Ingram adding 80 for the sixth wicket. James Kavanagh (4-10) and Kevin Miller (2-45) had some success at the end of the innings as Honiton closed on 182-9.It was Woodbury's middle order that was found wanting again as Tansley tore the heart out of the batting with 5-42. Kavanagh (58) and Jeff Cooper (15) had got Woodbury off to a good start with a 46 partnership, but, once they were dismissed, Tansley joined forces with Ingram again and the innings hit rock bottom when the pair took five wickets in twelve balls and Woodbury were reduced to 86-8. Martin Cook (18), Kevin Miller (17) and Neil Richards (12no) showed some pride before the match was closed out by Kevin Kelly (3-47) with Woodbury on 137.Next up is Saturday's Town End Lane visit of Countess Wear.

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