Exmouth 1st XI suffer heavy defeat at Bovey Tracey, but there’s a fine home win by the 2nd XI over 1st XI opposition

Miles Lenygon batting for Exmouth in the defeat to Exeter at the Maer ground. Picture GERRY HUNT

Miles Lenygon batting for Exmouth in the defeat to Exeter at the Maer ground. Picture GERRY HUNT - Credit: Archant

Mixed fortunes for the Exmouth 1st and 2nd XI in their respective Tolchards Devon League games om the second Saturday of June with the 1st XI suffering a heavy defeat at Bovey Tracey, but the 2nd XI were handsome six wicket winners at home to Uplyme and Lyme Regis 1st XI.

Exmouth 1st XI

Exmouth suffered a disastrous afternoon on their visit to Bovey Tracey when they went down by eight wickets in a match that lasted for just 45 overs and five deliveries!

After winning the toss and batting first Exmouth skipper Richard Baggs would certainly have not expected his side to be all back in the pavilion inside 27 overs for the princely sum of 116!

Indeed, there were just two double figures scores – a knock of 13, from 21 balls faced, by number six bat Dan Pyle and a terrific 65-ball innings from Miles Lenygon that saw him score a wonderful 73 – he hit 11 fours and one six. Lenygon went to the wicket after the early loss of skipper Baggs (1), Andrew Buzza (6) and Jon Evennett, the latter to a golden duck, with the score board on 5-3! When he was ninth man out, he had scored 73 of the 109 runs the team had mustered. Ollie Dawe was the 10th and final Exmouth wicket to fall when he fell for a six-ball one.

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The sorry tale of woe with regard to the Maer men’s batting was that Pyle’s 21-ball stay at the wicket was the second longest ‘survival’ after the Lenygon 65-ball stay at the wicket.

Sandy Allen bagged a sixth ball duck and Callum French joined Evennett as the other ‘golden duck’ while Lawrence Greenway was out to the 15th ball he faced for one and David Lye faced just four balls for his one run. The not out batsman was Alvin Pollard with six fro a seven ball stay at the wicket.

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Exmouth were able to claim two wickets – both to catches held by wicket keeper Sandy Allen, the first off the bowling of Ollie Dawe and the second off a delivery sent down by David Lye, but, from 27-2, Bovey raced home to cross the winning line off the second ball, of the 20th over and consign the Maer men to a second successive Tolchards Devon league top flight defeat.

The loss also sees the Maer men slip to fourth in the table with Sidmouth the latest team to top the table after they defeated Exeter. Exeter are second and Heathcoat are third.

Exmouth 2nd XI

It was not all doom at gloom at the Maer ground for the club’s 2nd XI were handsome six wicket winners in their home D Division East meeting with Uplyme and Lyme Regis 1st XI.

The visiting side won the toss and opted to bat first on another excellent batting strip at the Maer ground.

However, none of the visiting batsmen could cope with Sean Day as he sent down 7.3 overs on his way to the wonderful figures of five wickets for just 14 runs.

Alex Craib bowled seven overs for his return of 2-9 and there were single wickets for Ollie Pugsley (1-37 from eight, Sam Goodier (1-38 from six) and Luke Davies (1-45 from eight) as Uplyme and Lyme Regis were bowled out for 160 on 38.3 overs.

Exmouth needed just 28 overs to race to a six wicket win with the successful run chase ld by Louis Morison who was finally out one shy of what would have been a slick half century – out to the 55th delivery he faced for 49 having rifled no fewer than 11 fours in his time at the wicket.

George Greenway chipped in with an unbeaten 33 from just 28 deliveries, hitting seven fours and there was a 56-ball knock of 29 from opener James Horler and a 23-ball cameo from Luke Davies as the Maer men sailed home to claim a fifth win in six D Division East outings.

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