Birley carries his bat for maiden league ton as 2nd XI thrash hosts Sidmouth III
Will Birley scored a maiden ton and carried his bat through the entire 45 overs, Will Greig bagged a four-wicket haul.
Ryan Shrewsberry held a stunning catch a short mid-wicket, Bradninch 2nds scored a whopping 342-6 and, the most impressive stat of all on matchday 13 of the Tolchards Devon league E Division East campaign for the 2nds(?) —the team won by a massive margin of 236 runs, likely the biggest winning margin in league history from the club’s 2nd XI.
Upon winning the toss at a sun-kissed Newton Poppleford, Bradninch 2nd XI skipper Connor Carthew opted to bat first and out went Will Birley and Tallan Burns and the pair took the game straight to the hosts as they raced to 67 without loss after 10 overs and reached three figures in just the 15th over.
They were eventually parted when Burns fell for a 55-ball 67, hitting nine fours and three sixes, putting on 120 with Birley for the first wicket in just 15.4 overs.
When Burns fell, Birley was on 38 and he was joined by skipper Carthew, who sadly fell just a couple of overs later falling to smart catch for a rare failure with the bat — out for one with the score then 123-2 in the 19th over.
Will Greig joined Birley and the run rate was maintained — indeed slightly increased as ‘Big Will’ raced to 34 in just 26 balls hitting five fours and a six before he was bowled by Sidmouth club chairman and skipper for the day, the experienced Fionn Wardrop — without doubt the best of the home bowlers on the day.
The next man in was Ryan Shrewsberry and he kept the momentum going with a slam-bam quick-hitting 30 from just 22 balls including a sequence of 6,4,6,4 before he fell to leave Bradninch 231-4 after 33 overs.
Max Cooper took over and he carried on the assault as he creamed his way to a 16-ball 23 with five fours and, when he was fifth man out the score was 273-5.
Nick Acton took over and he showed how big an asset he has become to the team as he slammed a 18-ball 25 and, when he was out James Mills — known to hit the ball hard — and far — promptly slammed a nine-ball 21 and it was he, who was with Birley at the end of the innings — both not out — with Birley leaving the pitch to loud applause having faced 119 balls for his highest score in Devon League cricket which now stands at 109 not out.
With 342-6 on the board, one wise crack at tea time was:
“Well lads, 250 was not enough to win either the last two so 340 had better away do the business this week!“
It did too for the bowlers — and the catchers — combined well to bundle the home side out for just 106 in 23.1 overs.
Skipper Acton gave the new ball to James Milles and Max Cooper and Mills struck in his second over thanks to a catch by Ryan Shrewsberry.
It was soon 24-2 as Will Greig, who came on first change for Max Cooper, got the second wicket with a stunning catch well above his head held by Ryan Shrewsberry.
Five runs later Greig struck again to leave Sidmouth 29-3 and it was soon 40-4 as Mills deservedly got a second wicket — this time thanks to a Will Birley catch.
There were 67 runs on the board when second change Liam Reed claimed his first wicket — Rob Acton taking a smart catch and then Reed trapped another home batsman leg before and Sidmouth were 76-6 after 17 overs.
That was soon 86-7 and 86-8 as Greig claimed wickets three and four for him in successive deliveries, one clean-bowled followed immediately by a smart catch of his boot by skipper Connor Carthew.
A run out — the throw in from Liam reed, left the home side nine down and it was soon all over as Rob Acton claimed the final wicket with another catch being held — this time by James Mills as Bradninch wrapped up a stunning 236 run win.
The bowling returned: Will Greig 4-29 from 9 overs; James Mills 2-37 from seven; Liam Reed 2-21 from five; Rob Acton 1-4 from 1.1 and Max Cooper 0-7 from one.
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