The opening match night of the four-team Covid Cup competition organised by Bradninch CC served up two very different games.
Exmouth travelled to Cullompton where the game saw 479 runs for the loss of 12 wickets with the Maer men taking the match by a margin of 49 runs while at Bradninch there were just 213 runs scored for the loss of 19 wickets.
At Cullompton, Exmouth batted first and the game was treated to an explosive innings from Louis Morison who plundered 146 runs from just 63 balls, hitting 13 fours and 13 sixes. Tim Piper was almost amongst the runs, hitting 57 from just 28 balls with five fours and four sixes as the Maer men closed on a whopping 264-6.
The home side used eight different bowlers, three of them, James Vincent (0-22), Adrian Pullin (0-17) and Tom Mortiboys (0-22) seeing their collective three overs go for 61 runs! Jason Parr was the most economic of the Cully bowlers – his four overs went for 38!
Brendon Parr then slammed a 58-ball 101 with 10 fours and four sixes and Tom Mortiboys weighed in with a 23-ball, eight-boundary 51 as Cully closed on 215-6.
Across at Bradninch, Thorverton were 35-run winners. Batting first, the Thors were bowled out for 124 in 18.1 overs. Opener Alistair Chilcott top-scored with 38, but the star of the show for the home side was undoubtedly seamer Ankit Badwal who, as third change, claimed five wickets for just five runs as the Thors slipped from 107-4 to 124 all out. Josh Farley also enjoyed success with the ball, the youngster dishing up figures of 2-20 from four overs.
Bradninch lost their first two wickets to Ben Slacviero before 10 runs were on the board and the home side’s top contribution with the bat was the 24 from Leon Horn.
The only other double-figure scores for Bradninch were a knock of 10 from Will Greig, who faced 27 balls for his score and that was the longest that any of the home batsmen were at the crease!
There was also an unbeaten 14 from number 10 bat Ankit Badwall as the reply closed on 89-9. James Mills was the other not-out batsman at the close with five to his name.
Slaviero finished with 3-13 from three overs while spinner Alex Jopling claimed figures of 3-10 from four overs while Jake Choules sent down his four overs, conceding just nine runs.
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