Tomorrow (May 16) ought to have seen both Bradninch XIs in Tolchards Devon League action.
As we have no cricket to report, we have taken a look back at the archives courtesy of ‘play cricket’ and here we bring you news of how both Bradninch senior XIs have got on on match day three of each of the past 10 seasons…
The 1st XI were beaten by Cornwood, losing by a margin of three wickets. Batting first, Bradninch lost Gary Chappell to the very first delivery of the match and so began a regular loss of wickets to a 39.3 over all-out score of 117. Charlie Sheen top-scored with 37 and the ‘best of the rest’ was an unbeaten 19 from number nine bat Will Squire. The only other double figure contributions came from Ross Acton(14), Tim Piper (13) and skipper Eliot Acton (11). Cornwood wrapped up victory in 31 overs and one ball with Ross Acton (4-42) and Josh Farrley (2-28) the main wicket takers.
The 2nd XI were in winning action as they defeated Woodbury & Newton St Cyres 1st XI by six wickets. The home side batted first and Chris Acton, on as third change, took 3-29 while Craig Penberthy, who took the new ball with Max Cooper, claimed 2-20. Penberthy then top scored with 48 and the other main contributions came from Connor Carthew (38no), Chris Acton (29) and Will Birley (26).
The 1st XI went down by a margin of 132 runs against North Devon who batted first and closed their 50 overs with a total of 269-6 thanks to a century from Aussie Adrian Isherwood.
Tallon Burns claimed a brace of wickets and there were a wicket each for Eliot Acton and Will Greig plus two run-outs. Bradninch were then bowled out for 137 in 31.1 overs. Gary Chappell fell to the fifth delivery of the game without troubling the scorers and once again the team did not recover with the 24 from number four Charlie Walker being the top score. Others to get double figure totals with the bat were; Tallan Burns (18), Will Greig (17) Eliot Acton (16) and Will Squire (13) and they batted 11, 10, 9 and seven respectively.
The 2nd XI suffered just as heavy a defeat as they went down by 135 runs to Upottery 2nds.
The East Devon men batted first and powered to a close of 248-3 in 45 overs — Ryan Shrewsberry bagged a brace and the other wicket fell to Alex Dunlavey. In reply it was Chris Dean, batting at number eight, who top-scored with an unbeaten 25. The others to score double figures were: Paul Nott (16), Rob Acton (15) and Alex Dunlavey (12).
The 1st XI were emphatic eight-wicket winners over North Devon. The men from Instow were bowled out for just 113 in 31.2 overs.
It was fourth change bowler Dan Hardy (4-26) who returned the best figures while other wickets fell to Gary Chappell (2), Andrew Buzza, Ross Acton and Matt Parker. Dan Hardy then top scored with an unbeaten 59 and Matt Foster hit an unbeaten 25 as Bradninch raced to victory.
The 2nd XI were thrashed by 10 wickets in their meeting with Sidmouth III who bowled Bradninch out for 147 in 36.3 overs with the only contributions of note being Chris Acton (41), Alex Dunlavey (27) and Rob Acton (22) — and there were 35 extras. Sidmouth III used up just 13 overs and one ball sealing a 10-wicket win.
Matchday three of the season was played on what proved to be a soggy Saturday on May 21 with the second XI washed out against Shobrooke Park II while the 1st XI saw just eight overs of their meeting with Barton. Mind you, Gary Chappell made hay while the rain stayed away as he stroked his way to a 27-ball half-century, hitting 10 fours and was not-out 50 with Andrew Buzza unbeaten on 27 when play was halted with 84-0 on the scoreboard after just 48 balls had been bowled.
The 1st XI thrashed Tavistock by nine wickets.
Tavvy batted first and were bowled out in just 35 overs for 67. Will Squire (4-9), Ross Acton (3-21), Paul Nott (1-18) and Luandre Van Wyke (1-17) shared the wicket taking duties and then Charlie Walker hit a run-a-ball, unbeaten 34 and Dan Hardy was not out 22 when victory was sealed.
The 2nd XI won by eight wickets when they travelled across the valley to meet Clyst Hydon II who were bowled out for 85, a total Bradninch sailed past, losing just two wickets.
The 1st XI were 46-run winners over Lewdown.
Batting first, Bradninch were bowled out for 205, but that was more than enough to force victory as Lewdown were then bowled out for 159.
On the same day Bradninch 2nd XI went down by seven wickets to Plymouth III.
Batting first, Andy Nicholls was the only Bradninch bat to reach double figures, scoring 21 as the side were bowled out for 73 in 33.3 overs. Phil Chappell then claimed two wickets and Will Birley one as the home side eased to victory in just 25 overs and three balls.
The 1st XI were involved in a stunning game laden with runs as they met Budleigh Salterton.
Batting first, Bradninch powered their way to a close of 331-5 after their 50 overs. The innings was dominated by Dan Hardy and Jackson Thompson. Hardy, from the openers slot, hit 159 from 163 balls, slamming 19 fours and three sixes and number three bat Jackson Thompson was bowled by the 68th ball he faced, but not before he had plundered exactly 100 hundred, hitting 13 fours and four sixes. Budleigh replied with 271-9, leaving Bradninch winners by a margin of 60 runs. It was third change Paul Nott who took the bowling honours with figures of 4-44 from 10 overs while Jackson Thompson completed a fine all-round shift with his return being 3-52.
At the same time the 2nd XI were also winning handsomely as they beat Barton II by 94 runs, Bradninch batted first and scored 242-3 and then restricted Barton to 148-9.
A case of double delight with the 1st XI beating Torquay by eight runs and the 2nd XI seeing off Barton II by 27 runs.
Batting first against Torquay, Bradninch closed on 166 all-out, led there by 43 from the bat of number seven Paul Tweddle while number nine bat Will Squire chipped in with 26 — the only other batsmen to reach double figures were openers Ross Acton (24) and Tim Piper (19). Torquay got close, but the Bradninch bowlers held their nerve to bowl the South Devon men out for 158 to seal an eight run win. The wicket takers were Dan Milligan (3-35), Gary Chappell (3-25), Will Squire (2-30) and Matt Golding (1-30).
On the same day the 2nd XI were bundled out for a paltry 93, but that was still sufficient to defeat Barton 2nds who were then bowled out for 66.
The 1st XI bagged a winning draw in a thrilling encounter with a North Devon side that included the Overton twins.
Bradninch batted first and closed on 248-9 thanks to runs from James Street (93), Tim Piper (55), Sean Nowak (46) and Brad Cachope (30). North Devon were then restricted to a reply of 247-7. Ben Slack took the Bradninch bowling honours with his figures of 4-68 and there were single wickets for Paul Nott, Sean Nowak and Adrian Storm.
On the same day the 2nd XI went down to Sandford 2nds by a margin of 78 runs.
Sandford batted first and were bowled out for 220 with Mark Perrott taking 4-53 and the other wicket takers were Phil Chappell (2-28(, Luke Wrightson (2-29) and Lucas Fencl (2-51). In reply, Bradninch were bowled out for 142 in just over 30 overs. Bryn Jones, batting at number eight, top scored with 42 and the only other contributions of double figure scores were those from Lucas Fencl (21), Simon Bailey (13) and Gary Newall (10), though there were also 23 extras.
Saturday May 15 was match day three of the Devon League and there were mixed fortunes for the two Bradninch XIs. The 1st XI were eight-run winners on their visit to Paignton.
Batting first, Bradninch were indebted to Ross Acton, who top-scored with 75 from the number five slot as they were bowled out for 195 in 45 overs and two balls. Joe Webb and Tim Piper both bagged ducks and the ‘best of the rest’ was a knock of 27 from Johan Saaiman while hit 17 and Jacobus Pienaar, 15. Torquay were then bowled out for 187 in 45 overs and one ball. Second change Haydn Murray took 4-34 from 15 overs while Jacobus Pienaar (3-47), Ross Acton (2-48) and Paul Nott (1-38) claimed the other wickets.
The 2nd XI were bowled out for 62 by Barton 2nds who then lost only two wickets in racing to an eight wicket success.