Exmouth progress in the Devon T20 competition
- Credit: Exmouth CC
Captain Tim Piper was in imperious form for Exmouth, as they completed wins over North Devon and Plympton to reach the second round of the Devon T20.
The three-team event was played on a glorious Bank Holiday at the Maer Ground and it started with Exmouth taking on Plympton, with the visitors opting to bat and they reached a very respectable 158-9.
Opener Elliott Hamilton top scored with a half-century for Plympton but Exmouth were able to curtail the visitors with regular dismissals. Greg Marks, Andrew Buzza and George Greenway all grabbed a brace of wickets.
Despite losing Louis Morrison early in the reply, Piper and James Horler quickly took the score to 91 before both departed in quick succession, with Piper on 48 and Horler 25.
Andrew Buzza and Dan Pyle took the Maer men to within 25 runs of victory but it did get tense when they were reduced to 140-7, needing 19 more runs from 16 balls.
Ryan Schaufler and Finn Marks held their nerve in a tight ending and Exmouth knew a win over North Devon would confirm their progress.
This time batting first, Exmouth lost Horler from the opening delivery and Pyle followed soon after. When Buzza was dismissed, Exmouth were struggling badly on 7-3, with Jack Popham taking all three wickets for North Devon.
Step forward Piper and partner Morrison, as they swiftly rattled off 57 runs from 28 balls before Morrison fell for 29 in a mere 12 deliveries.
Piper, however, continued to dazzle with the bat, forming steady partnerships with Marks and Greenway before the captain finally succumbed after scoring a terrific 69 runs from 54 balls, a knock that included nine boundaries.
Exmouth closed their innings on 163-9, with Greenway and Kai Higham piling on some crucial extra runs.
Marks took an early wicket in the reply but North Devon did reach 66-1 after 11 overs, although the rate of their scoring never looked too threatening.
Two wickets in two balls from Andrew Buzza removed any chance of a North Devon victory and Exmouth can look forward to more T20 enjoyment.