Budleigh Salterton went down by 36-runs in their Tolchards Devon League Premier Division opening fixture at Bradninch where the contest was hit by rain.
It all meant that, after the home side had been led to an imposing 284-9, this after they had, at one stage been 26-3, but another superb century from Gary Chappell took the hosts comfortably past maximum batting points.
Chappell, who opened the innings, scored 140 from the 132 balls he faced and his knock included 18 fours and six sixes.
Mind you, the former Devon player who also had a spell with Exmouth, survived a ‘close call’ for leg before very early in his innings and, had the decision gone Budleigh’s way then the outcome of the contest may well have been very different.
Chappell was the final wicket to fall for the home side, when caught by Harry Parkin off the bowling of Ed Doble, two deliveries into the 46th over.
The ‘best of the rest’ for Bradninch was a quick-fire unbeaten 34 from skipper Eliot Acton who faced just 20 deliveries for his 34, a knock that included five fours and a six. Aryan Raigangar hit 22 on debut and both Ross Acton and Thom Bunker scored 17.
The pick of the Budleigh bowling returns was the 2-47 from nine overs by Sean Butler.
Lloyd Murrin and Joel Murphy each bagged a brace and three others each took a single wicket.
Rain then arrived at Kensham Park to ultimately see Budleigh face a target of 172 from 22 overs.
Will Oxland and James Doble launched the Budleigh bid, but Oxland fell for two, caught behind off the second delivery of the second over.
Doble was joined by Harry Parkin and they took the score to 49 when Parkin was dismissed, run out having scored 21 from 29 deliveries.
Matthew Kimber took over, but he then lose opener Doble with the score on 65, Doble out for a run-a-ball 36. Kimber was then joined by Ed Doble, but, with the chase on 96, Doble fell for a hard-hitting cameo that saw him face just a dozen deliveries, hitting one four and two sixes in his 22. The Doble shift had given Budleigh hope, but once he was gone, so were the ‘fireworks’ as the game ended with Budleigh 135-7 after 22 overs leaving Bradninch winners by a margin of 36 runs.
Budleigh 2nd XI made a winning start to their C Division East humbling visiting Bideford, Littleham & Westward Ho! II by 142 runs. Lee Russell was out one run shy of a century and there were also knocks of 73 from Charles Parkin, 49 from Jack England and 31 from Joe Marler, together with a very generous offering of 30 extras from the visitors as the home side closed on an impressive 319-6.
The wicket taking honours were shared out as Bideford, Littleham & Westward Ho! II were then bowled out for 175.
On Saturday, Budleigh 1st XI are in Premier action at home to a Barton side who beaten at home by Tavistock on the opening day while, next up for the Budleigh 2nd XI is a trip to a Bradninch 2nd XI that were also opening day winners, in their case, defeating hosts Thorverton II by eight wickets in a rain-hit meeting.