Woodbury in control before rain hits game

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:11 10 June 2010

Rain was the final winner yet again as, for the third time in four weeks, Woodbury s 1st XI were unable to complete their fixture.

Rain was the final winner yet again as, for the third time in four weeks, Woodbury's 1st XI were unable to complete their fixture.

With conditions already damp, it was always going to be an important toss to win.

Woodbury skipper James Kavanagh had no hesitation inviting Honiton to bat first.

Neil Richards soon made the breakthrough with two early wickets and Matt Plowman removed danger man Phil Tansley for 31.

Kevin Kelly (23) rebuilt the innings with the help of Steve Rampaul (11) and Kevin Slynn (11), and at 93 for four a good target looked possible.

Five wickets lost for ten runs scored destroyed the Honiton innings, with Kevin Miller taking five for 15 from 7.2 overs.

Mark Davies took two for 27 from ten overs, as Honiton were bowled out for 118 in 41.2 overs. James Taylor held on to four catches.

Tom Wilson got the run chase off to a good start with a quick-fire 20, including 19 from Kelly's two overs.

The introduction of Tansley caused Woodbury's top order problems as 26 without loss soon became 48 for four, with Kavanagh back in the pavilion for 17.

With rain falling again, Mark Jellicoe (11no) and Tim Kirk (11no) got the innings back on track adding 23 for the fifth wicket, before the umpires decided conditions were unsafe to continue.

The game was still in the balance at this stage.

Whilst efforts were made to restart, conditions didn't improve enough to satisfy the umpires and play was abandoned with Woodbury on 71 for four from 22 overs.

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