Bradninch lost their Tolchards Devon League Tier One semi-final, beaten by a margin of five wickets by Heathcoat.
The contest played at the Knightshayes home of Heathcoat, saw Bradninch skipper Eliot Acton win the toss and opt to bat first.
Gary Chappell and Thom Bunker opened the innings, but both fell early — ‘Bunks’ to a second successive ‘duck’ and ‘Chaps’ being caught off the 15th delivery he faced for two.
That left ‘Ninch’ 10-2 which quickly became 27-3 with the fall of Josh Farley for three. Mitchell Pugh was the batsman at ‘the other end’ as the early wickets fell and next man in was 2nd XI skipper Will Birley.
Birley did his job of looking to support Pugh — indeed Birley was to face more deliveries than he had ever done while stepping up into the senior XI. He helped Pugh take the score to 76 before he fell to a leg before decision having faced 53 deliveries in a 64-minute stay at the wicket, scoring two fours in his contribution of 15.
Pugh was joined by skipper Eliot Acton, but, just eight runs were added before 76-6 became 84-4 with Pugh caught having faced 77 deliveries in a 90-minute stay at the crease for his knock of 50 — a second successive half-century after his fine knock seven days before in the win at Cullompton.
Wicket-keeper Darren Paul took over from Pugh, but it was soon 90-6 with the loss of skipper Acton to a catch having faced 20 deliveries for his contribution of eight.
Will Greig was next man in — and he put bat to ball for the 14 balls he was in for, hitting a six and a four before being seventh man down having scored 15.
Paul Nott fell next, trapped leg before for five to leave Bradninch 116-8 and, when Ankit Badwar was bowled for a second-ball duck, ‘Ninch’ were 116-9 and six runs later it was 122 all out as last man Mark Perrott was bowled for an eighth ball duck. Darren Paul was the not-out batsman with 11 runs from 21 balls faced.
For the home side, the main wicket-taker was fourth change Jack Menheniot with splendid figures of 4-17 from seven overs. The other wicket-takers were Jamie Drew (2-9 from 7.2 overs), Matt Hague (2-33 from six), Christian Cabburn (1-20 from six) and Tom Reynolds (1-25 from six).
The Heathcoat reply was launched by skipper Pete Randerson and Toby Lockhead and they made good progress taking their side to 48 before Josh Farley, who had come on as first change, replacing Eliot Acton (0-12 from two), bowled him.
The home skipper made 14 from a 30-ball stay at wicket. Jake Stoneman was next in — and out — trapped leg before by Farley and then, just three balls later, Gary Chappell had Simon Sobczak leg before without troubling the scorers, Heathcoat had slipped from 48-0 to 76-3.
Jamie Drew joined Lockhead and the home opener reached his half-century with a two off a Mitchell Pugh delivery.
The pair saw their side into three figures before Drew was out for four, trapped leg before by Ankit Badwal with Heathcoat then 104-4.
Thomas Frankpitt joined Lockhead but the opener was fifth man down, trapped leg before by Pugh for 60 having faced 83 deliveries, hitting eight fours.
Tom Reynolds took over and he and Frankpitt saw their side to a five-wicket win, sealed with 14 overs and two balls remaining.
The Bradninch bowling figures were:
Josh Farley (2-36 from nine), Gary Chappell (1-29 from nine), Mitchell Pugh (1-28 from seven), Ankit Badwal (1-4 from three) Eliot Acton (012 from two) and Will Greig (0-1 from 0.4 overs).
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