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1st XI v Barton – 8th June 2019

Burns knock and Chappell ‘fivefer’ as 1st XI close gap on table-toppers with big home win

Bradninch 1st XI moved to within just five points of A Division leaders Cornwood who sport the last remaining 100 per cent record after one-third of the Tolchards Devon League has been completed.

Match-day six saw Bradninch emphatically defeat Barton, beating the South Devon-based side by a margin of 176 runs.

Highlights in the game were a superb knock from teenager Kian Burns and a five-wicket haul for Gary Chappell.

Home skipper Eliot Acton lost the toss and was invited to bat by his opposite number and a wicket was lost with just 19 runs on the board when Gary Chappell was caught for 14 – all his runs coming in boundaries with a six and two fours!

Kian Burns joined Charlie Sheen and the pair took the total into three figures, putting on exactly 100 before Sheen fell for a 48-ball 37.

Burns was joined by Tim Piper and it was the youngster who was third out, but not before he had hit an excellent 90-ball 83 with nine fours and three sixes. The third wicket pair added 61 with Burns departing with the score board showing 180-3.

However, from what had looked a dominant position of 179-2, Bradninch slipped to 219-8 with six wickets falling for the addition of 40 runs as Ross Acton (1), Thom Bunker (4), Eliot Acton (1), Connor Carthew (7) all fell for single figure scores before Tom Piper was the eighth man down, though in his case, he had been at the wicket for 68 deliveries, hitting five fours in a fine knock of 45.

It was  left to number nine bat Mark Ashplant and number 10, Josh Farley to provide some late innings excitement as they added 32 for the unbroken ninth wicket with Ashplant unbeaten on 19 from 23 balls, hitting two fours and Farley not out 10 from 14 as Bradninch closed their innings on 251-8. Paul Nott was the only home batsman not to get out to the middle.

Barton’s reply was hit by a wicket with their score on 18 as Josh Farley held a catch to give Charlie Sheen the first of his three wickets.

That became 22-2 and 33-3 as wicketkeeper Tom Piper held catches off, first Sheen and then Chappell.

Three more wickets fell as just three runs were added with Chappell bagging a second thanks to a Sheen catch and there was a quick-fire double for Josh Farley with Thom Bunker holding onto a brace of catches.

The seventh wicket rallied – a little – getting Barton to 51 before a Ross Acton catch gave ‘Chaps’ a third wicket and it was the left-armer who then nailed himself his fourth and fifth wickets – one bowled and one leg before, to leave Barton 63-9 and the end came soon after and fittingly it was young Burns, who had  batted so splendidly earlier in the day, who had the final world holding a catch to give Sheen his third wicket and leave the visitors’ well beaten, bowled out for just 75.

As for those home bowling figures. Gary Chappell led the way with the eye-catching return that was 10 overs, six of which were maidens and five wickets for 11 runs! The other returns were: Charlie Sheen (3-15 from 7.4 overs), Josh Farley (2-13 from seven) and the fourth bowler to see action was Ross Acton (0-35 from 10 overs).


Bradninch 251-8 (Kian Burns 83, Tim Piper 45, Charlie Sheen 37; Matt Crampton 2-19), Barton 75 (Shaun Needham 23; Gary Chappell 5-11, Charlie Sheen 3-15, Josh Farley 2-13). Bradninch (20pts) bt Barton (5) by 176 runs.