Suidgeest knock sets up superb home win
An explosive innings from Australian Cameron Suidgeest saved the table-toppers from relative batting embarrassment in the A Division meeting with Paignton.
Then, after the Suidgeest super show with the bat, new skipper Gary Chappell claimed a ‘fivefer’ as Paignton were bundled out for 159.
Suidgeest, batting at seven and finding himself at the wicket with the team 56-5 one ball shy of the 20th over, took charge and went on to clam a 49-ball 12-boundary 68. Suidgeest hit nine fours and three sixes and shared stands of 69 – with Andy Buzza (30) for the sixth, 11 for the seventh with Josh Cann (1) and then 25 for the eighth with Will Greig before he was sent back to the pavilion with the score then 177-8 in the 38th over.
The tail wagged with Will Greig hitting 25, Will Squire 11 and last-man Chris Acton being five not out as the home side were bowled in 46.4 overs for 208.
Earlier in the game Ross Acton (1) and Dan Hardy (0) were back in the Kensham Club dressing rooms with just six runs on the board after five overs. Opener Gary Chappell was joined by Tim Piper and the pair added 41 for the third wicket before Piper fell to a catch behind. Chappell followed soon after for 19 and, when Lautaro Musiani was out for a 14-ball duck – the home score was that seriously troubled 56-5!
Needing early wickets when Paignton batted, the home side got just that – three of them as Ross Acton had the opener caught by Dan Hardy before Gary Chappell brought himself into the attack as first change after just four overs of Ross Acton and he struck in his opening over before second change Will Squire also got an early wicket with wickets two and three both catches held by ‘safe hands’ Ross Acton.
Acton then returned for a second spell to break a decent partnership for the fourth wicket, trapping the batsman leg before to leave Paignton 77-4 after 22 overs. That was soon 77-5 and 88-6 as Chappell struck twice, once aided by a Will Squire catch and then with a leg before decision.
Paignton then struck back with a seventh wicket partnership that began to look as if it might see them home. However, the two stars of the day’s action Suidgeest and Chappell combined as the Aussie took a catch off the new skipper and the run chase was then 155-7. Inside two overs it was 157-9 as Chris Acton claimed a wicket with his nephew Ross Acton taking his third catch of the game and Chappell wrapped up a fivefer in his first game as skipper. Chris Acton bagged his second and the game was all up for Paignton, bowled out for 159 in 40.3 overs.
Gary Chappell finished with figures of 5-15 in nine overs. Chris Acton’s figures were 2-7 in 4.3 overs and Ross Acton’s return was 2-35 in 10. The other three sets of figures were; Cameron Sudigeest 0-12 (6), Andrew Buzza 0-24 (3) and Will Squire 1-48 (8).
Premier Division – here come Bradninch!