We have taken a look back on ‘play cricket’ to see how Bradninch 1st and 2nd XI got on on match day two of each of the past seven seasons — here’s what we have…
2019 — We have already covered this and you’ll find it further down our FB feed.
2018 — Saturday May 12, the 1st XI were in action at Sandford where they were involved in a seriously close encounter, one won by the home side by a margin of a single wicket!
Bradninch batted first and were bowled out for 142 in 43.3 overs. Charlie Walker (49), Tim Piper (34) and Will Squire, from the number nine berth, hit an unbeaten 16. Former ‘Ninch’ player, and nephew of club chairman Derrick Foan, Richard Foan, claimed two wickets for five runs in 5.3 overs. The Sandford overseas player that season, Faisal Iqbal, top-scored with 35 and Neil Bettis hit 29 as the home team secured victory with their last air at the wicket – they came together with 10 runs needed, and the winning four was scored off the penultimate ball of the 44th over. It was a good effort by the Bradninch bowlers with all five used claiming at least one wicket: Ross Acton (3-42), Gary Chappell (2-25 and Zimbabwean Tendai Murami (2-12), all those three sending down 10 overs each and the others to bowl were Eliot Acton (1-30 from 6.5) and Will Greig (1-18 from four).
On the same day Bradninch 2nd XI were 52-run winners at Shobrooke Park II.
Batting first, in a rain hit game reduced to 40-overs-a-side, Bradninch were led to a close of 138-8 by Connor Carthew (35), Derrick Foan (31no) and Will Birley (26). Birley then claimed four wickets for five runs in eight overs and there were wickets also for Liam Reed (2-18), Connor Carthew (2-8) and Charlie Piper (1-1) as the 10-man home team were bowled out for 86 in 38 overs.
2017 — Saturday May 13, and the Bradninch 1st XI were in home action against Sidmouth.
In a game hit by rain, the visitors took the honours when they successfully chased down a revised target, ending on 220-7 after 39.5 overs in reply to the Bradninch offering of 245-5. It was Australian Matt ‘Fozzy’ Foster who led the batting effort with a superb 91-ball century. In his innings he slammed eight fours and six sixes, Tom Piper hit 55 — the pair added 147 for the fourth wicket and Gary Chappell weighed in with 33. However, Sidmouth got home with three wickets and a couple of overs to spare. Matt Parker and Gary Chappell both had two wicket returns and there were single wickets for Chris Acton, Dan Hardy and Andrew Buzza.
On the same day the 2nd XI were beaten by six wickets at Thorverton where Bradninch batted first and were bowled out for 158, this after they had reached 117-2 thanks to Paul Nott (69) and Connor Carthew (44) — the pair adding 97 for the second wicket. However, once they were parted wickets fell at regular intervals and eight was the ‘best of the rest’ from the Ninch batsmen with 8 the score from the bats of Rob Acton, Will Birley and Derrick Foan. Thorverton sailed home, using up just 31.2 overs, closing on 162-4 with Rob Acton (2-15), Phil Chappell (1-23) and Will Birley (1-56) the wicket takers.
2016 — May 14 and Bradninch 1st XI were in action at Ottermouth, Budleigh Salterton where they were six-wicket winners.
Budleigh were bowled out for 129 in 48.4 overs with third change Will Squire the star of the bowling effort, returning figures of 5-30 from 10 overs. Cameron Suidgeest took 2-18 and there were single wickets for Ross Acton, Gary Chappell and Andrew Buzza. A successful run-chase was completed with two balls of the 46th over remaining. Gary Chappell top-scored with 40 and the win was sealed by unbeaten knocks from Argentinian Lauturo Musiani (29) and Tim Piper (21).
On the same day, Bradninch 2nd XI were beaten by five wickets by visiting Upottery.
The East Devon-based side batted first and closed on 189-5 with Phil Chappell claiming two wickets and Connor Carthew one — the other two wickets were both run-outs created by Thom Bunker throws. Bunker then top-scored with 41 and there were contributions of 26 from first Mark Ashplant and then Rob Acton, but Bradninch were eventually bowled out for 141 with two balls of the 38th over remaining.
2015 — May 9 and, on a soggy second Saturday of the new league term, the 1st XI were washed out in their effort to play at Budleigh Salterton.
It was damp too back at Kensham Park, but they did get a game in with the Bradninch 2nd XI beating Alphington 2nds by five wickets after the visitors scored 197, answered by Ninch with 203-5.
2014 — May 10 and, just as it had been 12 months before, another soggy Saturday which meant no play was possible for the 1st XI at Hatherleigh or for the 2nd XI who were washed out in their bid to host Hatherleigh II.
2013 — May 11 and the 1st XI were in home action against a Plymouth side that included now Australian Test batsman Marcus Labuschagne.
The Aussie clearly enjoyed his visit to Kensham Park for he powered his way to an unbeaten 130, scored off 121 balls, hitting 13 fours and three sixes. Plymouth closed on an imposing 263-2 after 46 overs — the home wicket takers were Ross Acton (2-26 from nine overs) and Paul Nott (1-29 from nine) — indeed both bowled to the Australian and came out of it well, but all the other bowlers suffered with their returns being:
Nick Dean (0-51 from six), Dan Hardy (0-52 from nine), Jackson Thompson (0-69 from eight) and Will Squire(0-40 from five). The Bradninch reply was all over in 33 overs and one ball for an all out score of 117. There were only three home scores of double figures; Ross Acton (42), Joe Webb (34) and Nick Dean (12no).
On the same day the Bradninch 2nd XI were beaten by a margin of 21 runs on their visit to Hatherleigh 2nds where the home side scored 228 to the 207 by Bradninch.
2012 — May 12 and the 1st XI were 77-run winners on matchday two of the new league term against Heathcoat.
Bradninch batted first and with runs from Ross Acton (51), James Street (43), Matt Golding (42no) and Tim Piper (33), closed on a total of 204-4 after 50 overs. Heathcoat were then bowled out for 127 in 44.2 overs. Dan Milligan (3-20), Gary Chappell (2-6 from 10 overs), Ross Acton (1-26), Matt Golding (1-40) and fourth change Will Squire, who had the best of the figures with his 3-17 from 10 overs.
On the same day the 2nd XI had to settle for what was, in those days, termed a ‘losing draw’ as they were 168-8 when stumps were drawn in their game with Heathcoat 2nds who had earlier posted a score of 201-9.
2011 — May 14 and match day two of the new league season was a sobering one for the 1st XI who were beaten by 9 wickets by Budleigh Salterton.
However, on the same day the 2nd XI went one better – defeating Sidmouth III XI by 10 wickets!
Batting first against Budleigh, Bradninch closed on 192-9 with the main contributions from Brad Cachopa (63), Sean Nowak (46no) and Gary Chappell, batting at number six, scored 25. However, Budleigh sailed to victory on 193-1 after 42 overs and one ball with the only wicket taken by Sean Nowak (1-69 in 10).
Meanwhile, the 2nd XI bowled Sidmouth III out for 58 and then powered their way to a 10-wicket win, closing out the game on 59-0.
2010 — May 8 and match day two saw the Bradninch 1st XI land a winning draw from a meeting with Plympton in a contest that saw a wonderful all-round contribution from Gary Chappell who first scored a half-century and then bagged a ‘fivefer’. Batting first, Bradninch closed their 50 overs with a score of 213-6. The Chappell knock of 55 was the top individual offering and the others to contribute with the bat were Haydn Murray (44), opener Rob Fernie (33) and Ross Acton (30no). Plympton then closed on 151-7 with ‘Chaps’ sending down 15 overs from which he returned figures of 5-33.
On the same day Bradninch 2nd XI were five wicket winners over South Devon II who they bowled out for 130, a score they passed for the loss of five wickets.