Another win as Budleigh are beaten by five runs in Kensham Park thriller.
Bradninch beat Budleigh by five runs in a thrilling contest that went, quite literally, to the wire with teenage batsman Ben Phillips so nearly seeing Budleigh home, finishing unbeaten on 86 from 76 balls having come in at number seven.
Gary Chappell took his Tolchards Devon League run account past 700 (with T20 runs ‘Chaps’ has now scored 939 in BCC colours so far this season!), as the side defeated Budleigh to take a giant stride towards a return to the top flight.
Chappell and Ross Acton opened and were soon going along at a most healthy 5-runs-per-over until Acton was most unfortunate when he played on to a delivery from Trevor Anning to be bowled for a 52-ball 28 with the score then 79 and two balls of the 16th over remaining. Dan Hardy joined Chappell was with him as he passed his 50. Hardy eventually fell for a 42-ball knock of 29 and, with his departure, the home score was 152-2 one ball into the 31st over.
Lautaro Musiani was next in – and out – as he was caught and bowled for five with the score 158-3 and it was soon 186-4 with Andy Buzza for a three boundary 17-ball cameo of 18. One big milestone was reached during the Buzza and Chappell partnership and that was ‘Chaps;’ reaching another league century! It was 186-4 when Buzza departed and skipper Tim Piper was next in and he and Chappell added 31 for the fifth wicket before the centurion was finally despatched after being at the wickets for two-hours-and-twenty-four minutes during which time he faced 144 deliveries and he hit 16 fours and two sixes., finally out for 117. That left the score 217-5 with seven overs remaining.
Sadly, with the exception of the skipper, who was unbeaten on 28 at the close, only Josh Cann made it into double figures (the youngster hit 10 with one big six in that knock). Cameron Suidgeest (0), Will Greig (1) and Will Squire (1), all perished before Chris Acton hit the final all – the only one he faced – for four and the home innings closed on 254-9 after 50 overs. A disappointing total given the start and the fact that, after 30 overs, the score was 152-2 at a healthy five-runs-per-over and a 300 total looked on the cards.
What Piper and his men needed when Budleigh batted was early wickets and they got just that as both openers Cameron Suidgeest and Ross Acton struck early. Suidgeest via a Piper catch with the gloves and Acton’s wicket was courtesy of the safe hands of Chappell.
Chris Acton was called into action as first change replacing Suidgeest after the Aussie had sent down five overs (1-25). Ross Acton bowled his ten straight through and proved hard for the Budleigh batsmen to get away as he finished with impressive figures (economy wise) of 1-30.
Gary Chappell bowled his ten in three spells to finish with 2-31 with his wickets aided by catches from Cam Suidgeest and Ross Acton. Chris Acton also sent down a full shift and his 10 excellent overs saw him return figures of 1-37 with his single wicket courtesy of a Gary Chappell catch and it was highly likely that the Acton wicket – Chaps taking a catch in the outfield, one that came down with snow on it, but was never going to be dropped – saw an end to the innings of Trevor Anning just when it looked as if the former minor counties batsmen was guiding Budleigh home. There were single overs sent down by Lautaro Musiani (0-10) and Dan hardy (0-8) as skipper Piper shuffled the bowlers around. The taking of the Anning wicket was crucial and, although teenager Ben Phillips was still there, the run rate rose, and rose and, despite a valiant effort by the youngster, Budleigh needed 21 off the final over bowled by Cameron Suidgeest and that proved too many with six needed off the final ball to tie was too many. Suidgeest finished with figures of 1-65 off nine as Budleigh closed on 249-6 meaning an 18-point haul for Bradninch with Budleigh – one of the challengers for the second promotion spot, banking nine.
Bradninch star man: Gary Chappell for yet another polished performance with bat, ball and in the outfield where he held two more catches.