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1st XI v Exeter — 1st August 2020

Gary Chappell served up a superb all-round shift with a century and four wickets as Bradninch defeated Exeter by 59 runs.

Batting first, Chappell and Thom Bunker launched the home innings and they put on 93 before Bunker fell to the first delivery of the 20th over for a 54-ball, three boundary 54.

Mitch Pugh joined Chappell and they added 79 in 81 deliveries leaving the home score on 172-2 halfway through the 33rd over with Pugh dismissed for a 37-ball three boundary 31. Will Greig was next man in — and out — trapped leg before by the very first delivery he faced.

Will Squire joined Chappell and they accelerated things adding 76 in eight overs and five balls before Squire fell for a run-a-ball 23. Gary Chappell was finally out, caught off the penultimate delivery of the 43rd over with the score then 260-5.

Of that 260 runs, Chappell was responsible for 158 of them, scored of just 137 balls faced, hitting 21 fours and three sixes.

Bradninch ended their innings on 271-6 after 45 overs.

Exeter made a decent start and added 66 in just over 16 overs before third change Ankit Badwal made the breakthrough thanks to a Darren Paul catch behind the stumps. It was another 11 overs before Bradninch struck for the second time and again it was Badwall, who was the successful wicket taker, knocking over the stumps of the other Exeter opener to leave the visitors 145-1 one ball into the 29th over.

Teenager Sam Read, who top-scored for Exeter with a 51-ball eight-boundary 61, was third man out, with skipper Eliot Acton the bowler and Mitchell Pugh holding the catch. Exeter then slipped from 180-3 to 215 all-out, losing their last seven wickets in just 42 deliveries while adding 35 runs.

Skipper Acton picked up a second wicket with his Uncle Paul [Nott] holding a catch and then Gary Chappell completed his afternoons work with a splendid four-wicket haul, finishing with figures of 4-24 from seven overs.

Fittingly, the final wicket was claimed by BCC vice chairman Paul Nott, trapping the last man leg before with his second delivery with this, his first over in a 1st XI game for many, many moons during which time the veteran seamer has suffered some terribly injury woes with his shoulder.

So two match days into the new shortened season, Bradninch share top spot with Bovey Tracey — both teams have played one won one with the pair washed out when set to play each other on matchday one.

Bovey wasted little time in destroying a Cullompton that had beaten Exeter on matchday one.

Batting first, Cully were skittled out for just 18 in 45 deliveries! Indeed, with Boyet then knocking the runs off in three overs, the whole match at Cullompton was over inside 11 overs!

Adrian Pullin (7no) and opener Jason Parr (4) were the only home batsmen to get runs as nine of the Cully batsmen — who faced, between them 28 deliveries, bagged ducks!

Matt Ottery did claim one of the Bovey openers who trooped off without troubling the scorers but the end came soon after.

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