There was a win for Budleigh but defeat for Seaton on matchday six of the Tolchards Devon League A Division campaign.
Budleigh were too strong for a Cullompton side that were invited to bat first and then had just two batsmen in double figures as they were bowled out for just 105 in 25 overs and four balls. It was third change bowler Joel Murphy who took the bowling honours as he claimed a ‘fiver’. The former Bradninch skipper’s return would have been enjoyed by his former club with Murphy sending down just four overs for his would have enjoyed his return of 5-16 from 6.4 overs. Second change Ed Doble had figures of 3-25 from eight overs and there was a brace from Will Oxland (2-15).
In the reply, Budleigh did lose Harry Parkin, bowled by spinner James Vincent for eight when the score was nine. Will Oxland and Marc Trotman took the run chase to 40 when Trotman fell for 11, trapped leg before by a Vincent delivery. With the score on 68, Jason Parr caught and bowled Oxland, dismissing the opener for a 73-ball 18, but Budleigh lost just one more wicket. Tom Oxland being bowled by Paul Rendell for an 18-ball 26. Budleigh sealed a six wicket win with one ball of the 31st over remaining. The hot out batsmen at Ottermouth were Matt Kimber (26 from 20 balls) and James Doble (11 from 16). For Cully, in terms of the bowling, James Vincent returned an impressive 2-18 from 10 overs.
Seaton were bowled out in just 43 overs and one ball, bundled out for 108 in their game at Torquay.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, Seaton had Josh Cann (2), Matt Hewer (7) and Joel Seward (1), all back in the pavilion within eight overs and with only 18 runs on the board.
Mali Marshal joined Daley Holmes and the pair launched something of a fight back, taking their side to 63 when Marshall was bowled for 20. Just one run was added before Wes Holmes became the fifth Seaton batsmen to be dismissed, in his case for one and another was lost with the score still on 64 as Daley Holmes was trapped lag before having scored 18.
Raul East was the seventh man down, out for eight with the score on 86 and it was soon 103-8 with Tristan Wakeley dismissed, but not before he had lasted longer than any other Seaton batsmen, facing 61 balls for what was the teams highest individual score of 25.
The last two wickets saw just another five runs added as Tim Doulton was stumped for a fifth ball duck while last man Joe Berry was bowled by Somerset asset Sonny Baker for a sixth ball duck.
Skipper Ben Morgan was the not out batsmen, unbeaten on eight from a 40-ball stay at the wicket as his team succumbed to an all out total of 108.
It took Torquay three deliveries shy of 18 overs to seal a nine wicket win, the only success for Seaton coming via a Wes Holmes delivery that knocked over the stumps.
In other A Division action on matchday six, Bradninch won their home meeting with North Devon by a margin of six wickets. Once again it was Gary Chappell who stole the show as he hit an unbeaten 97 – that a knock which means he currently sports a batting average for this season of 352! North Devon won the toss, batted first and were 90-3 and then 130-4 before being bowled out for 186 in 48 overs and two balls. For ‘Ninch’, there were three two-wicket hauls; Eliot Acton (2-13 from 2.2 overs), Craig Penberthy (2-29 from 10) and Mitch Pugh (2-54 from 10). In the successful home run chase, Chappell opened and lost Rory Thomas (4) and Josh Farley (9) before being joined by Mitch Pugh and the pair added 115 for the third wicket. Pugh was the third home wicket to be lost, but not before he had scored 55 from 66 deliveries, hitting 10 fours. The third wicket partnership began to the third delivery of the 10th over and, when it was ended, to the fourth ball of the 32nd over, they had put on that 115 in 23.3 overs. Pugh was replaced by Darren Paul, but he was bowled for a second ball duck. However, Ross Acton then helped Chappell see the hosts to victory, achieved with 13 overs and six wickets to spare. As for another Chappell batting master class – he faced 110 balls, hitting the 110th for a four to win the match – that four was his 13th of the match and he also rifled three sixes and now, after one-third of the league campaign is completed, with an unbeaten 97 to his name in his latest knock, ‘Chaps’ is currently averaging 352! The other not out batsmen at the close was Ross Acton with eight to his name. The best of the North Devon bowling returns was the 2-29 from fifth change bowler Ben Howe who sent down seven overs.
Barton beat Abbotskerswell by six wickets. The Abbots were stuck in and then bowled out for 175 in 48,5 overs, a total passed by the home side for the loss of four wickets.
The game at Tavistock, where Plympton were the visitors, was another ended prematurely by rain. Tavvy, batting first, were 219-4 after 48 overs when rain washed out any chance of getting a result.
A Division after one-third of the season
Tavistock 6 76
Bradninch 6 74
North Devon 6 69
Plympton 6 68
Torquay 6 67
Barton 6 64
Budleigh Salterton 6 52
Seaton 6 48
Abbotskerswell 6 36
Cullompton 6 30