Century from skipper Hutchings puts Chardstock in pole position
By Philip Evans
7th Jun 2023 | Cricket
Kilmington retained their top spot in the Devon Cricket league A Division with a high-scoring three-wicket last over victory over Budleigh Salterton 1sts.
Budleigh won the toss and elected to bat, setting a challenging 305-9 total to chase. They were given a brilliant start by opener Elliott Rice who scored a magnificent 125 off 123 balls. An innings which included 20 fours before being caught and bowled by Joel Seward.
Seward (4-50) and Robert Crabb (4-48) shared the bowling honours for Kilmington.
Seward was also in good form with the bat with an undefeated 77, helping Kilmington to reach a winning total off in the very last over. Openers Tom Gooding (58) and Brett Garner (41) gave the home side a good start, putting on 101 for the first wicket, Josh Cann also contributed 47 useful runs.
Kilmington have now established ten-point lead at the top of the table over Exeter.
Kilmington 19 points; Budleigh Salterton 8 points.
Seaton failed to get enough runs on the board in their away game at Sandford 2nds to build on their good start to the season.
Seaton won the toss and decided to bat, setting a target of 211 with one wicket standing. Opener Damian Baxter (54) and No 4 Adam Bilston (34) got them off to a steady start and later down the order Tim Doulton added 36 useful runs. But in the end Sandford knocked off the winning runs for the loss of six wickets with two overs left.
Bowling honours for Seaton were shared by Ben Morgan (2 for 28) and Joseph Berry (2 form 31).
Sandford 19 points; Seaton 8 points.
C DIVISION EAST
UPLYME and Lyme Regis jumped into fourth place in the Devon Cricket League C Division East with a closely fought four-wicket victory over Exmouth 2nd X1.
Exmouth won the toss and elected to bat but at one time they may have wished they had fielded, struggling at 18-5. But they recovered to 151 all out, thanks to a fine knock of 73 by No 4 Louis Adey. In form Andrew Harrison again led the Uplyme attack, finishing with figures of 3 for 32 off seven overs.
In reply things didn't look too bright for Uplyme at 62-6 but an undefeated 54 from Tyler Wellman and 40 not out from Steve Batey saw them through to victory and 20 points.
Uplyme and Lyme Regis 20 points; Exmouth 2nd X1 6 points.
E DIVISION EAST
Chardstock took over top spot in the table with a comfortable six wicket victory away to Sidmouth 3rd X1.
The home side won the toss and elected to bat, setting a target of 197. Losing all their wickets in 39 overs. They found Chardstock bowler Richard Pyman in fine form, claiming five wickets for the loss of 53 runs in nine overs.
In reply, Chardstock' skipper Robbie Hutchings steered his side to victory, carrying his bat for 107 runs which included 17 fours and two sixes. Good support came from Richard Pyman (49).
Sidmouth 3rd X1 6 points; Chardstock 20 points
G DIVISION EAST
Seaton 2nds X1 batted first at home to Filleigh CC after winning the toss and set a target of 195 scored off the 40 overs with the loss of seven wickets.
Highlight of Seaton's innings was a knock of 83 from Tristan Wakeley with Finn Copp (27) and Michael Wheeler(20) making useful contributions.
In reply, Filleigh knocked off the required runs for the loss of four wickets in 36 overs. Seaton's seven-strong attact failed to make any real impact.
Seaton 6 points; Filleigh 18 points.
H DIVISION EAST
Axminster Town 2nd X1 travelled to Sandford 3rds X1 and put the home side into bat and winning the toss. They ended up chasing 242 but fell short by 54 runs as hey ran our of overs.
Batters Daniel Larcombe (96) and opener Owen Enticott (66) put up a good fight but there was little support from the lower order. Enticott also delivered the Carpetmen's best bowling figures (2 for 29 off five overs).
Sandford 3rds X1 17 points; Axminster Town 2nds 6 points.