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1st XI v Tavistock – 25th August 2019

Home defeat to Tavistock ends the promotion dream

The penultimate Saturday of August was not a good day for either the Bradninch 1st XI or the 2nd XI as both suffered bad defeats.

The 1st XI saw their hopes of a return to the top-flight ended as they went down at Kensham Park to Tavistock while the 2nd XI are now faced with final day trauma to see if they can scramble enough points at home to champions North Devon 2nds and avoid sliding down into the F Division East.

After winning the toss and batting first, Bradninch openers Gary Chappell and Thom Bunker batted superbly taking the side to 151 before the first wicket fell!

It was Bunker who fell first, but not before he had rifled nine fours and a six in an 88-ball knock of 64.

Kian Burns was in at three — and out straight way, suffering a third-ball duck and it was soon 174-4 as Tim Piper perished for five before another superb Gary Chappell knock ended, this one with him on 83 from 112 balls hitting nine fours and three sixes.

Charlie Sheen became the fifth wicket when he was out for five with the score on n191 and it was very quickly 192-6 with Ross Acton bagging a first ball duck!

That quickly became 194-7 with Leon Horn out for a 29-ball nine, and it was then 218-8 with Craig Penberthy out for a 13-ball 18.

The end came soon after with Will Squire sent back for 11 and last man Josh Farley was out without troubling the scorers, leaving skipper Eliot Acton the not-out bat on three and his side all out for 225 in 48.3 overs.

The final total represents some collapse with the openers having been there as 150 was chalked up!

When Tavistock began their reply, a Tom Piper catch off Craig Penberthy, a Gary Chappell leg before and a Leon Horn inspired run-out had the reply wobbling on 26-3.

However, the fourth wicket pair dug in and took the reply to 91 when another Piper catch gave Will Squire a wicket.

Squire also got the fifth wicket, but by then the visitors had passed 200 and were well on their way to victory.

With two runs needed by Tavistock, Leon Horn held a catch to give Ross Acton a wicket, but the end came soon after as the visitors chalked up a four-wicket with 14 deliveries of the contest remaining.

The results elsewhere: a nine-wicket Hatherleigh win over Bideford and a Cornwood eight-wicket success against Ivybridge means they are the two sides who will play next season in the top-flight whilst coming down will be Torquay and — unless there are some strange final day results — North Devon will be coming down to play Bradninch in the A Division in 2020.

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