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1982 – what a good year that was for BCC

1982 – The year of a seven-wicket haul for Charles Low; Gary Newall hits two centuries; Paul Nott is run out on 98; John McKinnel hits 155 in a Culm Valley derby match at Cullompton; The Notts (Roy and son Paul) open the bowling at Alphington and send down 24 overs for just 42 runs; The Foans (brothers Derrick and Mike) put on 100 for the first wicket in a home game.

April highlights – Roy Nott takes ‘fivefer’ in very first game of season.

The 1982 season got underway on Saturday, April 24th with a warm-up game at Kensham Park against Walls Hill.

The visitors batted first and were bowled out for just 99 in 36.2 overs. Rob Cathcart had the honour of bagging the very first wicket of the new season, aided by a catch held by Roger Miles and the same out fielder played a part in the second wicket of the campaign with the successful bowler being Roy Nott.

It was Nott who ended the game as the bowler with the most wickets as he claimed 5-24 in nine overs, two of which were maidens. Cathcart and Dave Mitchell both bagged a brace of wickets whilst Charles Low, who opened the bowling with Roger Miles, took one wicket. The home run chase was led by brothers Derrick (32) and Mike (12) Foan who put on 27 before the younger Foan became the first Bradninch batsman to lose his wicket in the new season. Number three bat Simon Bailey scored 20 and the two not-out batsmen when a six-wicket win was sealed, were John McKinnel and Del French.

The following day Bradninch sent a Sunday XI to Knightshayes for a game with Heathcoat who batted first through to tea at which stage they were 149 for two wickets having faced 47 overs, a whopping 17 of which were bowled by Simon Bailey (1-56).  Dave Mitchell (1-37 in nine) was the other wicket-taker. The Bradninch reply was again launched by the Foans with Derrick falling first for seven, but Mike going on to top-score with 55 before he was fifth man out. The game was won by five wickets thanks to an unbeaten 45 from Simon Bailey with Bill Wells the other not out batsman at the close on two.

May highlights – Derrick Foan carries bat from opening slot in home game against Albemarle; Charles Low takes seven wickets for 27 runs against Whimple & Whiteways.

May began with a first-of-the-month home Culm Valley derby against Cullompton. The visitors batted first and were restricted to 125-7 with Charles Low taking 2-34 from 15 overs whilst Simon Steer claimed 3-33 from seven overs. A disappointing reply saw the home batting order offer up just three scores of double figures with openers Derrick (16) and Mike Foan (10), together with Dave Mitchell (21) then only batsmen to keep the scorers too busy as the reply floundered on 84 all out after 29 overs! The Bradninch team for the first derby game of the season was: D Foan, M Foan, C Low, R Hawkins, D Mitchell, M Joiner, S Steer, D French, S Weeks, N Dowrick and E Andress.

On May 2nd Albemarle visited Kensham Park and batted first and being bowled out for 139 in 43 overs. John Wykes (4-21 in seven) and Roy Nott (4-42 in 15) were the pick of the bowlers whilst young Francis Baker got his first wicket of the season (1-7 in two). If the visitors found batting difficulty then it was even tougher for the hosts as they were blown away for just 59 in 29 overs! Derrick Foan opened and carried his bat as wickets tumbled at the other end. He finished not-out 37 and the only other double figures score was the eleven from Simon Steer. Four was the third highest score and there were no fewer than six ducks with Kevin Dolling (batting at number three), Del French, John Wykes, Steven Weeks, Nigel Dowrick and Roy Nott the batsmen not to trouble the scorers!

A third game in as many days saw Witchampton play a Bank Holiday Monday game. Derrick Foan and Mike Foan opened and put on 43 for the first wicket. Gary Newall, batting at number four, top-scored with a knock of 52 whilst Dave Retter hit 38 and both Foans were the other batsmen to get double figures scores with Mike hitting 28 and Derrick 21. The innings closed on 168-9. The visitors faced 30 overs in the reply and closed on 79-7 with John Wykes picking up his second four wicket haul of the season (4-33 in 12) and Charles Low (2-25) and Dave Retter (1-6) were the other wicket-takers.

May 8th was the next game, away at Thorverton where, batting first Bradninch made 126-9 in 45 overs which were sent down by just three bowlers! The Thors closed on 116-6 with Dave Mitchell taking 3-14 in 10 overs.

A trip to Axminster on May 9th saw the home side bat first and be bowled out for 104 with Charles Low (3-13 in 11), Roy Nott (2-12), John Wingrove (2-13), Roger Miles (1-20) and Simon Bailey (1-8) the wicket takers.

The reply was not the best served up by Bradninch as all ten wickets fell for a total of 80 runs! Only Mike Foan (20), Derrick Foan (11) and Gary Newall (10) managed to get into double figures. Last man Roy Nott was the only batsmen not to lose his wicket and he finished on four.

May 15th saw Bradninch visit Whimple & Whiteways where the home team batted first and find Charles Low at his destructive best as he claimed seven wickets finishing with splendid figures of 7-27 in 14.2 overs. The other wicket takers were Dave Mitchell and Jim Foat. However, the low total the hosts posted proved more than enough to win as the reply was done and dusted inside 34 overs bowled by just two players – one of them being a chap who went on to play here at Bradninch – Colin Fildew who claimed 2-17 in 17 overs. Bill Wells, batting at number three was the only Bradninch batsman into double figures with his contribution of 13 as Bradninch were bowled out for 55.

Next up a home meeting with Feniton who were bowled out for 139 in 40 overs.

John Wingrove picked up four wickets and both Dave Mitchell and Roger Miles bagged a brace.

Derrick Foan led the reply from the opening slot with the top score of the reply – 39, but the reply fell just short, closing on 133-9 with Pete Hardy and John Wingrove the not out batsmen at stumps.

May 23rd saw Shobrooke Park visit and Bradninch batted first with Mike Foan and a young Paul Nott opening. Foan departed for 10 with the score on 30, but Nott stuck at it and was eventually fourth man out with the total on 148 and his contribution being 98! He was run out two short of his century! The home innings closed on 166-6. Five of the six home bowlers then took wickets as the visitors were skittled out for just 50! Bill Wells claimed 3-14 in six overs; the other wicket takers were Charles Low (2-7), Roger Miles (2-19), Jim Foat (1-0 in three overs) and Dave Mitchell (1-4 in six)

May 27 saw Exmouth at Kensham Park for a Corinthian Cup tie (18 overs of eight balls). The Maer men batted first scoring 136-3. Paul Nott (2-14) and Charles Low were the wicket takers. Paul Nott (21), Mike Foan (18) and Bill Wells (17no) were the only home batsmen into double figures in a reply that ended on 88 all out.

May 29 was a bank holiday home game with touring side Compton Dando who fielded first and bowled the hosts out for 121 inside 35 overs. Simon Bailey top scored with 54 whilst Mike Foan chipped in with 20. The visitors were then restricted to 110-7 with Dave Mitchell claiming a fivefer finishing with figures of 5-42 in 19 overs. Simon Bailey and Gary Newall were the other wicket takers.

The following day another touring side were taken on, this time regular visitors Acton who batted first and scored 125-8 with Mitchell claiming four more wickets whilst Bill Wells, Roger Miles, Simon Bailey and John Wingrove each claimed a single wicket. Mitchell then top score from the number seven slot with an unbeaten 43 as Bradninch claimed a two wicket win. Paul Nott (18) and John Wingrove (17) made important contributions.

The final game in May saw Dawlish as the visitors and they batted first, closing on 125-6 with Simon Steer’s 2-15 the best home bowling figures. Four other bowlers, Bill Wells, Francis Baker, Paul Nott and Simon Bailey each picked up a single wicket.

Derrick Foan led the reply with 18 from the opening berth, but only Pete Hardy (batting at five) and Paul Nott (at number eight) also got into double figures with 17 not out and 36 respectively as the reply saw the final wicket taken with 89 on the score board.

June highlights – Gary Newall hits two tons; Roy and Paul Nott bowl in tandem; John Freeman hits back-to-back half centuries; Freeman and John McKinnel put on 108 for the second wicket in tour game at Dowty Ashchurch

June began with a visit from tourists Hampton who opted to field first and saw Gary Newall smash the ball to all parts on his way to the club’s first century of 1982. Newall’s ton included 13 fours and one huge six and he was not out 100 at the close with his team’s score 185-3. Dave Mitchell then took four wickets as Hampton were restricted to 148-8 in their reply.

Dowty Ashchurch were the June 5th visitors. They batted first and were hustled out for just 72 with Roger Miles claiming four wickets for 23 runs in 10 overs and Roy Nott taking 3-3, in his case from 4.4 overs! After the early loss of Gary Newall, Mike Foan joined brother Derrick and the pair saw the side to a nine-wicket win with Mike hitting 37 and Derrick 36.

A trip to Countess Wear next where, batting first, Bradninch were bowled out for 149 with Paul Nott top-scoring with 47. Gary Newall (21) and Davc Mitchell (20) were the other principle scorers. Five different bowlers then took wickets with the most successful being Roger Miles (2-22). This game did see Roy and Paul Nott bowling in tandem after opener Charles Low was given a breather and Nott senior joined Nott junior with the ball. However Countess Wear won the game by four wickets on 150-6.

Eton Grove visited on June 8th and batted first scoring 142-8 with Roy Nott (4-70), Roger Miles (3-21) and Paul Nott (1-10 from seven) taking wickets. A 50 from Paul Nott and an unbeaten 47 from Rod Millman saw Bradninch to a three wicket win at 147-7.

On June 19th Filleigh 2nd XI provided the opposition at Kensham Park. Gary Newall top-scored with 41 in a home offering of 141-8, answered by the visitors with 115-9 with Newall completing a Man of the Match performance with four wickets for 14 in eleven overs.

June 20 saw Bradninch over to Ottery St Mary where Gary Newall slammed a second century of the season hitting a magnificent 122 in a team total of 214-6. Such was the Newall dominance that the next best was the 32 from John McKinnel. Bill Wells and Paul Nott then claimed two wickets each as the Otters won the game on 215-8.

Exeter school were the visitors on June 26. Simon Bailey (42), John McKinnel (32) and Derrick Foan (19) combined to see Bradninch to 131-5 answered by the students with 131-4 with Simon Steer claiming wickets.

July began with a visit from Ealing Wanderers. Simon Bailey (55) and John McKinnel (52) led Bradninch to 159-7 and then Charles Low took 5-16 and John Wykes claimed 4-18 as the tourists were bowled out for 79.

Raleigh from Exmouth were the next opposition where Bradninch batted first and were bundled out for 63 with only Mike Foan (20) making any sort of contribution. Paul Nott took all but one of the four wickets the home team lost in a successful run chase.

July 10 saw Bradninch at Winslade Park, Exeter, for a 45-over match with London and Manchester. Dave Mitchell took four wickets and there were three wicket hauls for both John Wykes and Charles Low as the home side were bowled out for 64, passed for the loss of just one wicket thanks to an unbeaten 48 from John McKinnel.

The following day Honiton British Legion visited Kensham Park and both Derrick Foan and Paul Nott had knocks of 35 and John McKinnel continued his fine form with 34 in a total of 151-5. Bill Wells then took three wickets for 52 in eleven overs and Simon Bailey bagged a brace, but the hosts won by two wickets, closing on 152-8.

July 17 took Bradninch to Foxhayes in Exeter to meet Exeter Civil Service. The home side batted first and scored 184-3. Two of the wickets were taken by a young Chris Acton (2-12 from four overs). There were seven different Bradninch bowlers used; John Wingrove, Roger Miles, Roy Nott, Simon Bailey, Simon Steer and Dave Trump were the other bowlers. Simon Bailey (58) and John McKinnel (36) then led the side to a draw, the reply closing on 180-8.

Whimple were next to Bradninch for an 18 July game. The visitors batted first and were bowled out for 124 with Dave Mitchell claiming another fivefer whilst both Charles Low and John Wykes bagged a brace. The home reply was 65 with the top score coming from number nine bat Dave Mitchell (16). Only Simon Bailey (13) also got into double figures. There were just three ducks with Paul Nott, Mike Foan and John Wykes the unfortunate quackers!

July 21 saw Carnons at Bradninch and the home side were indebted to a knock of 55 from John McKinnel and a cameo knock of 20 not out from Roger Miles in a total of 114 all out. The visitors won by four wickets with John Wykes taking three of them.

Three days later Slimbridge were at Kensham Park and they were bowled out for just 80 in 37 overs with John Wykes (3-39), Chris Acton (2-23), Simon Steer (2-14) and Roy Nott (1-1 in three) the wicket takers.

However, that low total won the game as only Chris Acton (19) from the number two slot and Del French (10), batting at number seven, reached double figures in a paltry reply of 56!

Another Culm Valley derby with Cullompton was the home action on July 25. Cully batted first and were bowled out for 153 with Dave Mitchell the undoubted star of the show with seven wickets for 47 in 14.2 overs. Paul Nott bagged a brace and the single wicket taker was taken by Bill Wells. Mike Foan then led the reply with a splendid 51 – he and brother Derrick (19) put on 83 for the opening wicket. Then Simon Bailey chipped in with an unbeaten 26, but the reply came up short, closing on 141-9.

The team then went on tour and first up met Gloucestershire side Ilford Catholi who batted first and were bowled out for 156 with John Wykes bagging a fivefer. John Freeman led the reply with 54, but only Derrick Foan (20) and Mike Foan (14) also got into double figures as the reply floundered on 128-9.

The next day Dowty Ashchurch provided the opposition. John McKinnel (60) and John Freeman (57) put on 108 for the second wicket leading the side to a close of 169-6. The hosts were then bowled out for 126 with opening bowlers Charles Low and Paul Nott each taking three wickets.

The following day Stroud provided the opposition and they batted first scoring 184-7 with John Wykes, Charles Low and Bill Wells each taking two wickets. Paul Nott (31), John McKinnel (30), Derrick Foan (26) and Mike Foan (25) then saw the tourists to a draw at 174-9. Francis Baker and Del French were the not out batsmen.

The final touring game was against Diss at Overbury. Paul Nott batting at number eight hit an unbeaten 50 whilst John McKinnel (30) and John Freeman (29), also made contributions to an all out total of 159. Bill Wells and Charles Low each claimed a brace of wickets as the hosts won by four wickets.

The final game of July was at Bradninch against Chichester Nomads who bowled the home side out for a paltry 65! John McKinnel was the only batsman into double figures with his innings of 22! There were four ducks – Rob Acton, Steven Weeks, Francis Baker and Roger Miles. The visitors lost six wickets in a successful run chase with Chris Acton claiming half of them finishing with figures of 3-16 from five overs.

August highlights: John McKinnel hits 155 in third Culm Valley derby of the season; Derrick Foan and Mike Foan in century opening wicket partnership; The Nott’s bowl in tandem for 24 overs at Alphington.

August began with a home game against Ottery St Mary who batted first and powered their way to 220-3. Paul Nott (2-39 in 10) and Dave Mitchell (1-71 in 14) were the only home successful bowlers as former Exeter City footballer Jimmy Giles hit an unbeaten 74. Derrick Foan top scored with 64 from the number two slot, but only Dave Mitchell (48 from the number six berth) and John Freeman (10) also made it into double figures as the reply ended on 147 – Richard Money and Roger Miles the last two home wickets to fall.

A trip to Alphington next and, batting first, knocks of 36 from Tim Dewes and 35 from Mike Foan, an unbeaten 17 from Pete Hardy in the number eight slot, and 16 (before being run out) by opener Derrick Foan, were the double figure scores in a total of 152-8.  Paul Nott and Roy Nott opened the bowling, sending down the first 24 overs between them. When the Nott’s were parted – Roger Miles was first change – the home side were 44-2 after 24 overs!  Both finished with two wickets, and for the same amount of runs! Paul’s figures were 2-34 from 13 overs whilst Roy went on to send down 19 overs (in an unbroken spell) and claimed 2-34. Alphington closed on 119-5. Roger Miles was the other wicket taker whilst there was a very slick stumping affected by John McKinnel behind the stumps.

Countess Wear were at Bradninch on August 15 and a knock of 47 from John Freeman saw the home side to 145-9 from 44 overs. Chris Acton hit an unbeaten 14 from the number nine slot and Mike Foan – who again opened with brother Derrick (5), chipped in with 13. John Wingrove (3-26), Paul Nott (3-22), Roy Nott (2-19 in 11 overs) and Dave Mitchell (1-14 in eight) were the wicket takers as the Exeter side were bowled out for 111.

Next up a trip to Filleigh where the home side batted first and closed on 193-8. Dave Mitchell claimed 3024 and Del French (2-60 in eight) and Paul Brown (2-30 in nine), together with Simon Steer (1-18 in five) were the other wicket takers.

Dave Mitchell (47), John McKinnel (35) and Mike Foan (27) were the main run providers in the reply that closed on 176-6.

Axminster were at Kensham Park on August 22. John Wykes (3-14), Craig Hawkins (3-16) and Dave Mitchell (3-21) were the main wicket takers. There were also two overs bowled by Steve Birley who had broken his back four months before and Roy Nott was the single wicket taker as the Axemen closed on 152-9. Bradninch were led by number two bat Del French (43), Rob Acton (39not out) and John Wykes (29) in a successful run chase that was all done and dusted at 153-6.

Cricklade were next at Bradninch and Derrick Foan (78) and Mike Foan (33) put on 104 for the opening wicket. John McKinnel then struck 24 fro the number three slot. Chris Acton and Dave Trump both bagged ducks as the innings close don 156-7.

That was enough to win though as the visitors were bowled out for 139 with Paul Brown (4-33), Francis Baker (2-4 from four balls!) and Rob Acton (2-16) from six, were the main wicket takers.

The next game was the third Culm Valley derby of the season – this time at Landspeed Meadow in Cullompton where John McKinnel hit a superb 155 as he and Paul Nott (47) led the side to an imposing 285-7 Roy Nott (3-38), Paul Nott (2-29) and John Wingrove (2-48) then combined to restrict the home side to 197-8.

The final game of the month was a Bradninch 1st XI versus Bradninch 2nd XI fixture! The 1st XI batted first and ended their 40 overs on 138-7. The batting card read; J McKinnel (5), D Foan (47), P Nott (38), S Bailey (8), P Hardy (11), J Wingrove (9), F baker (4), S Steer (4no), S Weeks (1no). The 2nd XI bowling read; R Miles (3-39), B Wells (0-10), J Wykes (0-24), D Mitchell (1-26), P Brown (1-21) and C Acton (1-3). The 2nd XI fell 15 runs short, closing on 123-8. Their batting order read: D French (5), B Wells (6), J Freeman (28no), C Acton (4), D Mitchell (0), R Acton (36), P Brown (22), M Joyner (2), J Wykes (4), R Miles (4no) and K Walker (dnb). The 1st XI bowling figures read: J Wingrove (5-39), P Nott (1-11), R Nott (1-35), S Bailey (0-18), F baker (0-1) and S Steer (1-7).

September highlights: Chris Acton slams three sixes in a cameo 20; Bill Wells claims 3-42; Rob Acton score last run of season.

September began with a home match against Whitmore who batted first and were bowled out for 85 inside 28 overs! Paul Nott (3-21), Bill Wells (2-14), Roger Miles (2-24), Dave Trump, Roy Nott and John Wingrove all took wickets. Gary Newall carried his bat through to a nine wicket win with an unbeaten 58 and Derrick Foan was not-out 23 at the close with Rob Acton (1) the one wicket to fall.

September 4 saw Torquay Corinthians at Kensham Park. Dom Cox top-scored with 42, Mike Foan hit 28 and Chris Acton thumped three sixes in a cameo unbeaten 20 as the home side closed on 127-9. Dave Mitchell then sent down 16 overs (3-52) and Roger Miles (2-36), Chris Acton (1-13) and John McKinnel (1-10), also got wicket as the visitors ended five runs short on 122-7.

September 5 saw Tiverton visit and home opener Richard Money hit a splendid 73 with the best of the rest being 39 from Chris Acton and an unbeaten 24 from John Wykes (batting at number nine) as Bradninch closed on 214-7. Del French then claimed 4-13 in seven overs and Chris Acton bagged 3-6 in 6.4 overs. Bill Wells and Paul Nott got a wicket each as Tivvy were bowled out for 73.

On September 12 Honiton RBL were the home side and Bradninch batted first, closing on 128-7 with opener John McKinnel top scoring with 66. Chris Acton (20) and Bill Wells (10) were the only other batsmen into double figures. Bill Wells (3-42), Roger Miles (2-38) and Gary Newall (2-26) were the wicket takers as the hosts were restricted to 130-8.

On September 18 Wembdon visited Bradninch for the final game of the season and the home side batted first with Simon Bailey (58), Rob (48no), Chris Acton (25), Mike Foan (23) and Derrick Foan (22) all contributing to a total of 211-5. Charles Low then claimed a fivefer, finishing with figures of 5-39 from nine and Dave Mitchell bagged a brace as the Bridgwater outfit were bowled out for 129.