A look back in time – 2003 and the opening game of the new season
As we approach April 10 and the first pre-season game which sees 1st XI skipper Eliot Acton take his team to Sandford we look back at the first game of 2003 and a big win over visiting Yarcombe & Stockland.
Chris Acton took the honours on the day as he plundered a 21 boundary century – retiring not out on 108. Joel Murphy hit a quick fire 48 and there were late order runs from Ross Acton, who slammed a rapid 47 from the number eight berth while number nine bat Tim Piper cracked an unbeaten 65 – hitting all but eight of those runs in boundaries! Last man, Paul Nott was the other not out batsmen – he hit two boundaries for his unbeaten eight as Bradninch closed on 326-7 from just 39 overs.
For the record – the other batsmen and their scores were: Gem Coetze, who opened with centurion Acton, scored four, Sid Bastin, at three was out for four and Nat Davey, at number five, failed to trouble the scorers. Alan Gambles was bowled for one and Rob Acton was dismissed having scored 10.
When the visitors batted they were bowled out for just 45 in 25.1 overs! Only their number three bat, F Martin, reached double figures as all five of the home bowlers claimed at least one wicket. Ross Acton, as second change, topped the figures with his return being 3-14 from 4 overs and one ball. There were two wickets each for Paul Nott (2-3 from six overs, four of which were maidens), Joel Murphy, who opened with Nott, returned figures of 2-7 from five overs and Alan Gambles, who was first change, posted figures of 2-8 from seven overs. Rob Acton was the other bowler used and his return was 1-9 from three.
Bradninch batsmen hit no fewer than 46 fours and six sixes (52 boundaries in all!)
Bradninch bowlers hit the stumps eight times: Ross Acton (3), Paul Nott and Alan Gambles (2) and Joel Murphy (1).
The second game of the season saw a Bradninch XI claim a 10 wicket win over visiting Lynton. The away side batted first and were bowled out for 130 in 42.1 overs. All five bowlers claimed at least one wicket with the best return being the 3-33 from Les Kent while there were two wickets each for Paul Nott (2-10), Tim Piper (2-24) and Eliot Acton (2-25). Chris Acton was the other bowler and his return was 1-27.
Bradninch openers Derrick Foan and Chris Acton made short work of the run chase, knocking off the total without loss of wicket as Foan ended unbeaten on 52 and Acton was not out 75. Bradninch siailed past the winning post on 132-0 in 29.2 overs.
The BCC team against Lynton was: Derrick Foan, Chris Acton, Tim Piper, Gem Coetze, Christopher Dean, Sid Bastin, Eliot Acton, David Stanbury, Paul Nott, Les Kent and Mark Perrott.
What will happen in the opening games of 2021?