Exmouth CC Tolchards Devon League matchday five round-up

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Exmouth CCs three senior sides managed two wins from their respective outings on matchday five of the Tolchards Devon Cricket League campaign.

However, the one defeat was a big one, as the first team had their 100 per cent winning record ended and lost their table-topping status when beaten by new leaders Exeter – now the only side to sport a top section 100 per cent record – with the visitors inflicting a heavy 132-run defeat on the Maer men.

Exeter batted first and powered their way to a big total, closing on 324-5 in their 50 overs. It was hard work for the bowlers with seven sharing the duties and all went for roughly a run-a-ball. Third change David Lye finished with figures of 3-62 while Callum French, who was the fifth change, ended with 2-54.

Faced with such a big run chase, what the Maer men needed was a solid start, but they lost Callum French, bowled by the fifth delivery he faced without troubling the scorers and then Sandy Allen fell for 37 with the score then 41-2. It was soon 45-4 as Ben Twine was trapped leg before for three and David Lye became the third of the top four to be clean bowled, in his case for two. Andrew Buzza was next to go, caught for two, before skipper Richard Baggs and Dan Pyle took the reply to 142 before Pyle became the seventh wicket, caught off the 72nd delivery he faced for an eight boundary knock of 57. Baggs was to remain unbeaten – he was not out 29 (from 55 balls faced), but the wickets continued to fall at the other end with Alvin Pollard (19), Sam Harris (0) and George Greenway (9) as Exmouth were eventually bundled out for 192 in 43.2 overs.

Exmouth 2nds sit second in the D Division East table after a fourth win in five, this an 11 run win over Clyst St George at their Bohea Field home.

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Batting first, Exmouth were led to a total of 277 by James Horler (66), John Evennett (52), skipper Lawrence Greenway (36), Sam Goodier (34) and Louis Morison (28).

Clyst St George made a great fits of the run chase and had two wickets in hand when time ran out on them as they closed on 266-8.

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Skipper Harry Attwater 43), Chris Ferro (39), Jayakrupakar Nallala (36), Andrew Donovan (34), Dan Kendall (29) and Ben Pullan (29) all chipped in.

Greenway led the Exmouth bowling honours with a return of 3-40 and Henry Folland (2-46) were the principle wicket takers.

Exmouth 3rds entertained Topsham St James 2nds at Newton Poppleford where they won the toss, invited the visitors to bat first and promptly bowled the out in just 25 overs for 127.

Emma Corney (3-32 from five) and Rory Craib (3-39 from seven), were the principle wicket takers and there was a return of 2-28 for Oliver Pugsley – he also held three catches. Ethan Brenton (1-3) and Sam Austin (1-17), were the other wicket takers.

Just four wickets were lost in the successful run chase which was led by a splendid unbeaten run-a-ball 59 from number three bat Ollie Pugsley. Skipper Julian Page was the other not out batsman at the close, he was unbeaten on 34 as his side claimed a second win of the season.

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