Chappell half-century as 1st XI go down to 110-run defeat at Exmouth
Bradninch skipper Gary Chappell returned to form with a fine half-century, but it proved to be in a losing cause as his side went down by 110-runs in their visit to the Maer ground. Exmouth skipper Richard Baggs had taken the decision, in the days before the game, to drop himself down to the club’s 2nd XI and his stand-in, Bob Dawson, won the toss and opted to bat.
The Maer men made a decent start with a 65-run stand for the opening wicket, but a second fell just four runs later with the first two wickets being return catches held by, first Tendai Maruma and then Matt Parker.
However, Dan Pyle then hit a sublime century and, with Miles Lenygon scoring 45, the pair put on 137 for the third wicket before both were sent back to leg before decisions in favour of Bradninch skipper Gary Chappell.
Charlie Sheen and Tallan Burns bagged the other two wickets to fall as Exmouth closed on an imposing 305-6.
The best of the bowling returns was the 2-42 from 10 overs by Gary Chappell with the other returns being Charlie Sheen (1-68 from 10), Tallan Burns (1-59 from nine), Matt Parker (1-32 from five overs) and the wicket less bowlers were Will Greig (0-28 from three) and Eliot Acton (0-21 from 3).
The Bradninch reply was launched by Rory Thomas and Tendai Maruma, but, when on five, Thomas was trapped leg before and, when Maruma was also trapped leg before, in his case by David Lye, the Zimbabwean had scored a rapid-fire 42 from just 27 balls, hitting seven fours and a six.
A score of 52-2 was quickly 69-3 as Tim Piper fell for eight, caught by former Bradninch player Andrew Buzza off David Lye.
Gary Chappell, in at four, and without a half-century to his name this season, was joined by Charlie Walker, but the latter fell for five – a third wicket for David Lye. Kian Burns, who had found some form, first with a splendid knock in the 2nd XI a fortnight before and then with a solid show on his return to the senior XI seven days before, joined his captain and they added 55 for the fifth wicket before 16-year-old Burns was bowled for a 38-ball five-boundary 25.
Charlie Sheen fell for 16 (from 13 balls with three fours) and Tallen Burns was bowled on 11 to leave the reply 187-7 and no runs were added when Chappell became the eighth wicket to fall, in his case after a 90-ball stay at the wicket that saw him score 60, hitting five fours before he was trapped leg before by his opposite number Bob Dawson.
Bradninch bats 9, 10 and 11, Will Grieg, Eliot Acton and Matt Parker, added eight – all scored by Greig with Acton the ninth man down for a fifth-ball duck and Parker the not out batsman – though he also failed to trouble the scorer as Bradninch were all out for 195 in 41.2 overs.
David Lye took the bowling honours with his return being 4-38 from 10 overs and skipper-for-the-day Bob Dawson finished with 2-5 from three overs. The other four visiting wickets were shared, one each, by Alvin Pollard, Callum French, Andrew Buzza and Peter Turnbull.