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‘Chaps’ ton sets up emphatic 1st XI home success

Bradninch 1st XI made it two wins from two Tolchards Devon League A Division matches as they confidently despatched visiting Bideford, beating the first team to visit Kensham Park at league 1st XI level this season by 142 runs.

When Ross Acton fell for two with the score on 10, teenager Josh Farley joined Gary Chappell and the pair added 100 runs in 148 balls with ‘Chaps’ responsible for 75 of them, young Farley, 25, and there were just three ‘extras’.

The ‘Chaps’ ton came up off the 107th delivery he faced with his three-figure score coming from 121 minutes at the crease during which time he hit 10 fours and half-a-dozen sixes. When young Farley was eventually out, it was not before he had scored an impressive – and watchful – 35 from 89 deliveries, helping take the score to 137-2, the second wicket adding 127!

After the Farley dismissal, in came Tim Piper and he continued the ‘supporting act role’ as he scored 19 of the 70, he and ‘Chaps’ added for the third wicket.

When ‘Chaps’ was finally dismissed with the score on 217, he had scored 145 of the runs, hitting 15 fours and nine sixes during a 129 ball stay at the wicket! Charlie Sheen (18) and Will Squire (10no) provided the other contributions to a final score of 263-8 after 50 overs.

The Bideford reply was given a solid 58-run start before the openers were parted with Gary Chappell – introduced as second change by skipper Eliot Acton – taking the wicket two balls later Chappell struck again, this time, instead of hitting the stumps he wrapped the pads- in front of the stumps, and Bideford were suddenly 53-2.

As the skipper shuffled his bowlers the wickets began to fall at regular intervals. Ross Acton hit the stumps to leave Bideford three down and, before long, it was 107-7 with wickets taken by a Josh Farley induced run-out, a Will Greig wicket, thanks to a catch from the captain, and two more wickets for Ross Acton. From seven down and the run chase not even a third of the way home, it was effectively ‘game over’.

It was soon 112-8 and then 113-9 before the final wicket was snared with the score board on 121 after 43.4 overs with a third wicket for Chappell, a second from Greig and a first for young Farley.

Those all-important Bradninch bowling figures were an impressive 3-9 from 10 overs – six of which were maidens – by Ross Acton. An equally impressive 3-9 from seven from centurion Gary Chappell – three of his seven were maidens; plus figures of 2-29 from nine by Will Grieg and 1-38 from 7.4 overs by Josh Farley.

Two wins from two and match-day three has Bradninch entertaining another side to sport two wins from two at the start of the league campaign – Cornwood.