Tolchards Devon League matchday six – top flight round-up

 Tolchards Devon League matchday six – top flight round-up

Exmouth find themselves sitting second bottom of the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division after one third of the league season after suffering a 37-run defeat at Exeter.

The home side won then toss, opted to bat first, and ended their 50 overs with a commanding total of 298-5. Former England U19 captain Tom Lammonby top scored for the County Ground men, hitting six sixes and five fours in a 65-ball unbeaten 97. Another former England U19 player, Ben Green, weighed in with an 81-ball, eight boundary 59. The best of the Exmouth bowling figures were the 2-45 from 10 overs by Matt Coult and the 2-45 from eight overs sent down by Finn Marks.

In their reply, Exmouth lost skipper Tim Piper to a fourth ball duck and Louis Morison to a first ball duck, both falling to Ben Green and, when James Horler was bowled by Green for 22, the Maer men were three down with only 33 runs on the board.

Dan Pyle and Pete Turnbull added 64 for the fourth wicket before Pyle fell for39. Turnbull was joined by Finn Marks and they saw their team into three figures before Turnbull became the fifth man down having scored 63 from 72 deliveries, hitting nine fours. The Turnbull wicket was lost with the score on 153-5. Andrew Buzza joined Marks and they saw their team past 200 when, with the score board on 203, Buzza fell for a quick-fire 19-ball, six boundary 32.

Just a dozen runs were added before George Greenway (6) became the seventh wicket to be lost and eight runs later young Luke Daviies (2) fell. Ryan Schaufler and Marks added 27 for the ninth wicket which was that of Marks, but not before the all-rounder had hit three fours and a six in his 73-ball 63. Nine runs were added before Matt Coult became the final wicket to be lost, the number 11 bat dismissed without troubling the scorers and that left Ryan Schaufler who was the not out batsman on 16 as Exmouth were bowled out for 261 with two overs of their 50 remaining leaving Exeter winners by a margin of 37 runs.

Sidmouth managed to complete their innings down at Plymouth before rain arrived to wash out the remainder of the action – that’s now four of the six matchdays  this season that Sidmouth have been the denied the chance to complete a game owing to the weather! In the 50 overs that were contested, Sidmouth closed on 259-5. Opener Isaac Thomas top scored with a splendid unbeaten 104, facing 154 balls, hitting a dozen fours and one six while his skipper Luke Bess, with whom he added 125 runs for the second wicket, faced 76 deliveries  for his 54. Byron Knowles was not out 17 from 15 balls at the close of the Sidmouth innings.

In the other top flight games, morning leaders Sandford went down by 59 runs in their home meeting with a Paignton side that have taken over top spot as a result of their win at Creedy Park.

There was a similar soggy – and premature – end to the game at Cornwood where Heathcoat closed their 50 overs on 221-6, but rain between innings brought things to a halt.

An outbreak of Covid and subsequent self isolation for a number of the Hatherleigh players meant that their game at Bovey Tracey could not take place.

At the one-third stage of the season, the top flight table looks like this…

Paignton          75

Sandford         73

Heathcoat        66

Bovey Tracey 58*

Sidmouth        55

Exeter              53

Cornwood       52

Plymouth         50

Exmouth         48

Hatherleigh     43*

(* Bovey Tracey and Hatherleigh have both played five games after their matchday six meeting was cancelled owing to a Covid outbreak which necessitate in a number of Hatherleigh players needing to self isolate)

Stephen Birley

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