2nd XI need points on final day to avoid ‘E’ Division East relegation
The Bradninch 2nd XI were well and truly thrashed at Ottery St Mary, but they did make the journey home from the Salston Field feeling very aggrieved by a couple of decisions by the home umpire who deemed both Paul Nott and Chris Acton to be out ‘leg before wicket’ despite Paul feeling he and got bat on the ball and in Chris’s case he felt the ball was going down leg!
Needless to say, both were given out when in full flow and seemingly taking the side to a 200-plus score!”
Batting first, Will Birley and Pau Nott saw the side to 50 before Birley was out, unluckily ‘playing on’ — dismissed for 20 —all his runs coming in boundaries.
Mark Ashplant was next in — and out — caught for a 12-ball one, but Chris Acton joined brother-in-law Paul Nott and they took the score to 114 before Nott was adjudged lbw having eased to a 62-ball knock of 58, hitting 11 fours.
Acton was also sent packing by the raised digit of the home umpire, and suddenly Bradninch were 122-4 and that became 132-5 with the loss of Max Cooper for two.
Skipper Will Greig, caught for an 18-ball 20, left his side on 143-6 and it was soon 156-7 with the loss of Ryan Shrewsberry for nine.
Debut playing James Grant was then adjudged to have been run-out and he trudged back with nine to his name to leave the score on 161-8 and, when James Mills was caught for five, it was 167-9.
Rob Acton, batting at number 11 joined brother Nick at the crease, but the pair were together for just three overs before Nick Acton was last man out, bowled for nine leaving Rob not-out nought and the score 177 all out after 39.2 overs.
James Mills and skipper Will Greig took the new ball and the skipper should have had an early wicket, but an outfield catch went down and the opening pair made Bradninch pay going on to put on 151 for the first wicket.
It was fourth change Max Cooper who got the one wicket — bowling Dan Jeacock when the opener was on 65, but that was as good as it got for Bradninch with Ottery reaching their target with two balls and 12 overs remaining.
The Bradninch bowling figures were:
James Mills (0-27 from eight); Will Greig (0-21 from four); Rob Acton (0-43 from 7.4); Chris Acton (0-10 from four); Will Birley (0-20 from three); Max Cooper (1-38 from five) and Mark Ashplant (0-13 from two).
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