Matchday 15 of the 18 matchday Tolchards Devon League season saw the individual headlines go to Seaton skipper Ben Morgan who starred with first bat, and then ball, to help his side to a crucial A Division success at Tavistock.
After being asked to bat first by his opposite number, the Seaton skipper sent Robbie Prior and Joel Seward out to open the innings, but Seward was returned to the pavilion having scored just four and, when Josh Cann joined him having scored 10, Seaton were 22-2.
Matt Hewer was in at four and he and Prior saw their side to 86 when Prior became the third wicket to fall, out for a 76-ball 38, a knock that included five fours.
Mali Marshall was next man in – and out – in his case without troubling the scorers which meant Seaton were now 86-4.
Skipper Ben Morgan joined Hewer and they saw the side into three figures, but, on 103, having scored a 75-ball, two boundary 33, Hewer became the fifth man down.
Tim Doulton joined his skipper and the pair advanced Seaton to 151 when Doulton fell for a 21-ball 16.
Just two runs were added when the fine innings from Morgan came to an end, but not before he had faced 52 balls for his contribution of 32, a knock that included two fours and a six.
Raoul East and Daley Holmes added 30 for the eighth wicket which was that of Holmes, out for an eight ball six.
The final two wickets could only add a couple more runs to the total as Wes Holmes (1) and Raoul East (18 from 23 with three fours) and the not out batsman was Joe Berry, with one run to his name as Seaton were bowled out for 185 with just two deliveries of their 50 overs remaining.
Mali Marshall and Robbie Prior were given the new ball duties and Marshall struck twice early on the peg Tavvy back to a score of 26-2.
Captain Morgan brought himself into the attack to send down the 14th over at which point Tavistock were 42-2.
The skippers first over yielded only a single and then, with the second delivery of his second over, he knocked the stumps over to leave Tavvy on 49-3 after 15.2 overs.
The 17th over, sent down by Joel Seward, saw the home side add a two and a four before, in his third over, Morgan struck twice in three balls, first with a leg before and then thanks to a catch held by Tim Doulton.
It all meant that, at the end of the 16th over, the home side had half their side back in the pavilion with just 57 runs on the board.
The 18th over, bowled by Seward and the 19th, sent down by Morgan, were both maidens.
The 20th saw Seward go for just three and, with the 21st another Morgan maiden, Tavistock were 40-5 after 21 overs.
It was with the fourth ball of the 24th over that Morgan struck again with another successful appeal for leg before wicket and when Matt Hewer held a catch in Morgan’s next over, the skipper had a ‘fiver’ and Tavistock were in all sort of trouble on 72-7 after 26 overs.
Seaton, and, in particular, Captain Morgan, kept the screws on! A single wicket in the 28th over, thanks to a Joel Seward catch, gave Morgan six and, in his very next over he finished things off first by knocking over the stumps and then with Tim Doulton taking another catch to leave Tavistock bowled out for 85 in 29.4 overs.
Clearly, the return of one bowler is ‘the special one’ and those are the figures produced by one Captain Ben Morgan!
He sent down eight overs and four balls and returned eye catching figures of 8-10 and, four of the runs he conceded were wides!
As for the other Seaton bowling returns, it was 2-33 from eight overs sent down by Mali Marshall while Robbie Prior’s return was 0-15 from six and Joel Seward sent down seven overs for his return of 0-26.
Join us here on Monday (August 2) when we will bring you an interview with the Seaton skipper.