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1st XI v Ivybridge – 25th May 2019

Chappell fires Bradninch 1sts back to winning ways at Ivybridge

Another magnificent innings from the talismatic Gary Chappell saw Bradninch to a comfortable seven wicket success at Ivybridge on matchday four of the Tolchards Devon Cricket league A Division campaign.

Skipper Eliot Acton won the toss and opted to field first and gave the new ball to Ross Acton from one end and debutant Craig Penberthy from the other. There was to be no early breakthrough and, seven overs in, the skipper made the first of what would be a number of changes throughout the afternoon with Tallan Burns introduced for Penberthy, the newcomer has sent down three overs (0-17) and it was Burns who made the breakthrough, trapping one of the openers leg before with the total then 34-1.

The skipper introduced himself, but, two overs into his spell he switched again with Gary Chappell introduced as third change and he struck almost immediately to leave Ivybridge 47-2 and, as the bowling changes continued, Josh Farley came into the attack and picked up the third wicket – thanks to a smart stumping by wicket keeper Tim Piper.

Charlie Sheen became the fourth ‘Ninch’ bowler to bag a wicket when he hit the stumps for the first of his two wickets to make it 96-4 and, when Burns got his second, this time aided by a catch held by the skipper, half the home side were back in the pavilion with 112 runs on the board.

The sixth wicket did stick around, adding 28 to the score before the pairing were split up by a leg-before decision in favour of Sheen. That left the ‘Bridgers’ 140-6 and seven runs later they lost a seventh wicket thanks to a Kian Burns throw that effected a run-out. There was to be one more bowling success with opening seamer Ross Acton returning to claim his one wicket of then day, kicking over the stumps to leave Ivybridge closing on 186-8 after their 50 overs.

In terms of the bowling honours, Charlie Sheen had the best return with 2-26 from seven overs while Tallan Burns sent down a full shift of 10 overs for his 2-49. Josh Farley finished with figures of 1-30 from eight and Ross Acton’s return was 1-31 from 10 overs. The others to bowl were Craig Penberthy (0-17 from three) and skipper Eliot Acton (0-10 from two).

A sub-200 run-chase against a side that has found it tough going at the start of this season ought to have been routine – and it was – with that man ‘Chaps’ leading the victory procession with a wonderful unbeaten 94-ball 98 – an innings that included no fewer than 16 fours!

Chappell launched the run-chase with Charlie Sheen, who fell for 13 with the score on 39. Kian Burns was next in – and out – he fell for four with the score then 61-2.

Tom Piper the joined ‘Chaps’ and the pair took the total to 136 before ‘Pipes’ fell for a 49-ball stay at the crease that saw him hit five fours in a knock of 36.

It was left to Leon Horn to stay with Chaps through to the close; Horn trooping off with nine to his name and Chappell just two runs shy of a second century this season.

So, back to winning ways after the matchday three defeat to Cornwood.

There’s no change at the top of the A Division table with Budleigh, Hatherleigh and Cornwood all winning.

A Division

Budleigh

4

4

0

0

0

78

Hatherleigh

4

4

0

0

0

76

Cornwood

4

4

0

0

0

73

Bradninch

4

3

1

0

0

64

Tavistock

4

2

2

0

0

51

Abbotskerswell

4

1

4

0

0

39

Plympton

4

1

3

0

0

32

Bideford

4

1

3

0

0

29

Barton

4

0

4

0

0

25

Ivybridge

4

0

4

0

0

22

Matchday five fixtures include HATHERLEIGH versus BRADNINCH and CORNWOOD versus BUDLEIGH – the top four all meeting – how different will the table look come stumps on the first Saturday in June?