Bradninch 1st XI slipped to fourth in the Tolchards Devon League A Division table after a seven-wicket defeat at home to a Hatherleigh side who have now climbed into second place and turned the race for the second promotion spot behind champions-in-waiting Cornwood, into a three-team race.
After skipper Eliot Acton won the toss and opted to bat, openers Gary Chappell (7) and Thom Bunker (21), number three Kian Burns (15) and number four Tim Piper (0 — a third-ball duck), were all back in the pavilion with just 48 runs on the Kensham Park score board.
Ross Acton was in at the fall of the third wicket and he did his best to repair the damage. Indeed, Acton was still there at the close of the innings, but wickets tumbled at the other end as the team were bowled out for 131 in 48.4 overs.
Acton reached his half-century shortly before the 10th and final wicket was taken. He trooped off with an unbeaten 51 from 97 deliveries to his name.
The ‘best of the rest’ in terms of the Bradninch batting effort was the aforementioned Bunker with 21.
However, there were just four scores of double figures:
Acton (51no), Bunker (21), Kian Burns (15) and 10 from number eight bat Josh Farley — and there were 14 extras.
When the visitors launched their reply, Charlie Sheen, who was handed new ball duties with Ross Acton, struck early as did first change Gary Chappell to reduce Hatherleigh to 12-2.
However, that’s as good as it got for the home faithful as the Hatherleigh overseas player Tintotenda Mutombodzi scored an unbeaten 87 from just 73 deliveries, hitting 13 fours and two sixes and, with opener Rob Fishleigh hitting an unbeaten 34, the visitors eased home with eight wickets and just over 20 overs to spare.
As for the home bowling figures — Charlie Sheen (1-28 from six overs) and Gary Chappell (1-43 from eight) were the wicket takers and the other bowlers to see action were Ross Acton (0-28 from 19), Josh Farley (0-22 from 4.2) and skipper Eliot Acton (0-9 from one)
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