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Re-visiting ‘A’ Division match day 2 from the 2003 and 2004 seasons

As we approach what would have been match day two of the 2020 Tolchards Devon League ‘A’ Division season we are taking you back in time to match day two of both the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Before we get to that let’s bring you match day one of each year.

2003 Saturday, May 3; HOME versus Hatherleigh

Hatherleigh were put in and they were soon one down, losing their first wicket with 22 on the board thanks to a catch held by Chris Acton off the bowling of Paul Nott.

No runs were added as Joel Murphy took his first wicket, aided by a Derrick Foan catch and wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as first change Murphy claimed four wickets for 29 from a dozen overs. Second change Andy Nichols also bowled a dozen overs for his return of 3-26 and the other two wickets fell to Paul Nott (2-14 off 9.1 overs) as Hatherleigh were bowled out for 97 in 43.1 overs.

Gary Newall and Chris Acton led the run-chase and put on 67 before Acton was caught for 33. However, that’s as good as it got for the visiting team as Tim Piper joined Newall and the pair saw Bradninch safely home with Piper unbeaten on 11 and Newall on 41 – his knock including five fours and two sixes.

2004 Saturday, May 1 ; AWAY versus Thorverton

The home side batted first and Ross Acton had the honour of claiming the first wicket of the new league term with Joel Murphy holding a catch. That wicket fell with just 12 runs on the board. It was the start of a procession of home wickets with Thorverton eventually bowled out for just 64. Joel Murphy repeated his opening day four-wicket haul from 12 months before, this time his figures were 4-9 from 10 overs! Andy Nicholls finished with 3-20, Ross Acton claimed 2-18 and the other wicket went to Paul Nott.

The Bradninch run-chase was as convincing as it had been 12 months before as they lost just the one wicket — again that of Chris Acton, this time out for five before Gary Newall (35no) and Tim Piper (29) not out saw Bradninch to a league opening day nine-wicket win for the second successive season.


2003 Saturday, May 10; AWAY v Stoke Gabriel

Another comfortable victory for Bradninch with the South Devon side beaten by seven wickets! Stoke Gabriel batted first and, for the second successive Saturday, just four bowlers were needed as the home side were bundled out for just 70 in 36.2 overs. Paul Nott led the bowling honours with a return of 4-11 from 11 overs; Ross Acton — who opened the bowling with Nott, took 3-17 from 6.4 overs and there were also wickets for Andy Nicholls (2-6 from seven overs) and Joel Murphy (1-29 from 8.2).

Chris Acton was again the first wicket to fall — he was dismissed with 14 runs to his name and other Bradninch batsmen to lose their wickets were; Derrick Foan (8) and Joel Murphy (10) leaving Tim Piper (16no) and Ross Acton (4no) to see their side to a seven wicket success.

2004 Saturday, May 8; HOME v Babbacombe

A six-wicket haul for Joel Murphy saw Bradninch to a seven-wicket home win. The visitors batted first and would have been satisfied no doubt to have reached 66 before they were two wickets down. However, the next eight then fell for the addition of just 53 runs as Murphy claimed his ‘sixfer’, returning figures of 6-27 off 13 overs. Once again Murphy was first change — this game the opening pair were Ross Acton (0-27 from 10 overs) and Paul Nott (0-20 in 13 overs). Once again Andy Nicholls was the fourth bowler used and he took the one wicket with his return being 1-39 from 10 overs.

In the reply, Bradninch lost both openers; Gary Newall out for 33 and Chris Acton retired hurt with 12 to his name. Tim Piper was the only other wicket to fall, trapped leg before for 18 and this left Joel Murphy (27no) and Ross Acton (17no) to see Bradninch to an eight wicket win.