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2nd XI v Ottery St Mary – 22nd June 2019

Dean delights with ‘sixfer’ as 2nd XI climb into top three spot

Chris Dean rolled back the years as he claimed the first ‘sixfer’ of his cricketing career to help see the 2nd XI to another big win — one that has seen the team climb into one of the three E Division East promotion spots for the first time this season.

‘Deano’ — as he is more affectionately known, arrived at Kensham Park on for the matchday eight meeting with visiting Ottery St Mary 2nds expecting to keep wicket, but hoping, perhaps, that he might be afforded at least one over to see if he could secure a hat-trick having taken wickets with the final two deliveries he had sent down in his previous outing a fortnight before in the win at Countess Wear.

A much-changed 2nd XI owing to 1st team call-ups, holidays and unavailability, was skippered by Will Grieg who won the toss and opted to bat first.

Tom Hardy and Ryan Shrewsberry were tasked with launching the home effort, but ‘Shrew’ was castled by the very first delivery he received to leave number three Tallan Burns walking out too join Hardy to face the eighth delivery of the innings with the score 0-1!

The pair put on 110 for the second wicket which was that of Hardy, who faced 63 balls for his contribution of 36. Burns was joined by number four bat Liam Reed and the pair added 76 in 14 overs with ‘Leroy’ impressing with four fours in a knock of 27 off 44 balls.

‘Leroy’ was the third wicket to fall, with the score then 186-3 and it was soon 194-4 after 36 overs following the loss of skipper Greig who used his first delivery to ‘have a look’ and promptly put the second delivery into the adjoining field! However, the big chap perished to the seventh delivery he faced.

Burns brought up his century with a boundary — hitting his eighth four off the 102nd ball he faced.

He went on to score 122 from 115 deliveries — slamming three sixes and a couple more fours — before he was the fifth wicket to fall with the total on 231.

One more wicket was too fall, but not before the 250 was reached — that particular milestone brought up by James Mills who ended unbeaten on 17.

Rob Acton was the final wicket to fall — out for 17 and teenager James Harris was the other not batsman on four as Bradninch closed on 227-6 from 45 overs, with the three players not to bat being Charlie Piper, Jordan Biss and Chris Dean.

After another superb Jill Glendenning tea, Bradninch were back out on the Kensham Park turf with the new ball duties taken by Ryan Shrewsberry from the tennis court end and James Mills from the Roller End.

However, the experienced opening bats of Ottery negotiated the new ball well and had 42 runs on the board before Mills got a delivery to hit the stumps and break the opening stand. That wicket came in the eighth over and a second fell in the very next over as skipper Will Greig, who introduced himself as first change and bagged a caught and bowled with this final delivery of his first over to render Ottery 42-2.

That was as good as it got for the next 18 overs as Ottery batsmen Eddie Rudolph and George Mutter added 113 for the third wicket which was finally snared when Tallan Burns struck in his second spell, bowling Rudolph for 57.

That left Ottery 157-3 after 27 overs needing another 109 runs from 108 balls. It was Chris Dean who then took centre stage! Skipper Greig produced what was to prove a masterful move as he threw the ball to the pipe carrying ‘silver haired — and faced’ one to come on as fifth change bowler. He took over from Rob Acton who had again served up some fine bowling and he was mighty unlucky not to claim a wicket — or two as a number of catches were put down.

Having sent down his first over for just two runs, ‘Deano’ bowled the 30th over and in it claimed not only the wicket of Mutter, well caught in the deep by James ‘safe-hands’ Mills but he also saw Rob Acton hold a catch to leave him with early figures of 2-7 from two overs. A terrific catch on the boundary held by centurion Burns gave Deano a third wicket and he soon had four as wicket keeper Jordan Biss dished up a smart stumping.

Tom Hardy, who had been introduced from the Tennis Court end as sixth change bowler, completed a fine all-round afternoon’s work as he hit the stumps to leave Ottery on 208-8 and then it back to more ‘delight for Dean’ as he bagged a ‘fivefer’ thanks to a second Biss stumping and rounded things off with his sixth wicket, netting a leg before decision to see the Otters bowled out for 209 in 39.3 overs.

It all meant the ‘old man’ of the side had returned career-best figures of 6-27. The other bowling returns were: Tom Hardy (1-19 from five); Will Greig (1-21 from four); James Mills (1-29 from six); Rob Acton (0-33 from seven); Ryan Shrewsberry (0-23 from four) and Charlie Piper (0-22 from two).

Matchday eight E Division results:
Bideford II 75 (T Stone 22no; L Clayden 4-14, M Dalton 4-9), Sidmouth III 76-0 (I Thomas 36no, T Clay 38no). Sidmouth (20pts) bt Bideford (1) by 10 wkts.

Upottery II 32 (PJ Kaal 10; R Treleaven 2-13, B Jeary 4-10, M Phillips 3-8), Topsham St James 34-2 (J Sapwell 19no). Topsham St James (19pts) bt Upottery (1) by 8 wkts.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis 28 (H Brimicombe 12, extras 15; J Atkinson 6-6), North Devon II 31-2 (I Windley 14no; T Wellman 2-21). North Devon (19pts) bt Uplyme & Lyme Regis (1) by 8 wkts.

Countess Wear 149 (M Davey 38, J Bogue 51; Becca Silk 3-21, D Lowman 3-16), Woodbury & Newton St Cyres 153-7 (L Lowman 35, N Chohan 19no). Woodbury & Newton St Cyres (19pts) bt Countess Wear (6) by 3 wkts.

Bradninch II 265-6 (T Hardy 36, T Burns 122, L Reed 27, extras 38; L Tierney 2-54, G Mutter 2-43), Ottery St Mary II 209 (S Triner 20, G Mutter 42, E Rudolph 57, extras 30; C Dean 6-27). Bradninch (20pts) bt Ottery St Mary (8) by 56 runs.

Latest table after 8 of the 18-match season

E DIVISION EAST

 

North Devon

8

8

0

0

0

156

Sidmouth

8

7

1

0

0

145

Bradninch

8

5

3

0

0

106

Topsham SJ

8

4

4

0

0

103

Uplyme

8

4

4

0

0

97

Bideford

8

4

4

0

0

92

Woodbury

8

3

5

0

0

88

Countess Wear

8

3

5

0

0

79

Ottery

8

1

7

0

0

64

Upottery

8

1

7

0

0

50