Acton action as ‘Roscoe’ takes six wickets as 1st XI win well at Hatherleigh
Bradninch 1st XI were comfortable winners of their Tolchards Devon League A Division ‘top four’ game at Hatherleigh, defeating the home side by a margin of runs with one player, in particular, splashing his personality all over proceedings — particularly the second half of the innings!
Ross Acton swerved up a superb spell of left-arm bowling as he ran through the Hatherleigh line-up on his way to figures of six for 15 from 10 overs — at one stage he had the eye-catching figures of five overs, three maidens and five wickets for just two runs!
Earlier in the game Bradninch had batted first and opener Gary Chappell carried on where he had left off seven days before, powering his way to a second successive half-century — this one off just 21 deliveries before he was finally out for a 41-ball 67 in which he hit no fewer than 14 fours!
The supporting knocks came from Tim Piper and Ross Acton — both chipping in with scores of 36 while Leon Horn hit 25 and Kian Burns scored 20 as Bradninch were eventually bowled out for 241 after 49.4 overs.
Then came the ‘Roscoe’ show as Hatherleigh were well and truly put to the sword! He had all but one of the wickets to fall with Hatherleigh 42-7 before an eighth-wicket partnership enabled the home side to avoid a total whipping! The pair took the score to 106 when Tallan Burns held a catch off Charlie Sheen to finally end that particular resistance.
It was young Josh Farley — albeit with the help of a Kian Burns catch — that ended the long resistance of opener Rob Fishleigh, who faced 104 balls, hitting six fours in what was a knock of exactly 50.
But he was ninth man out and, two runs later, Farley struck again, knocking over the stumps of the last man to see Hatherleigh bowled out for 131 in 43.5 overs leaving Bradninch with a maximum 20 point success.
On a day when the top four went head-to-head, the other big game saw Cornwood thrash Budleigh – bowling the Ottermouth men out for just 76 in one ball shy of 24 overs, before sealing a six-wicket win.
Their win means Cornwood top the table with 92 points, Bradninch sit second with 83, Hatherleigh are third with 82 and Budleigh sit fourth on 81