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A look back to a game at Bradninch in June 1983

A day on from our ‘April Fool’ which drew almost 3,000 views and over 1,700 engagements, we focus on the coming cricket season.
Today, April 2, means we have just 8 days – no more than 200 hours when – coming cold snap permitting – 1st XI skipper Eliot Acton will be leading his men out at Creedy Park, Sandford, for the opening pre-season game of the 2021 campaign.

We are also now just 10 days away from the club bar opening and the area’s ‘best beer garden’ being ‘back in business’ – membership to the club is just £10 for a family membership and membership taken now will run until September 2022!

With the season now ‘hours away’ we shall spend the lead up to the first pre-season game by looking at some past matches and today we turn the clock back to…

June 19, 1983 and a meeting at Kensham Park between a Bradninch XI and North Cornwall CC.

Batting first, Bradninch lost openers Terry May (1) and Charlie Bishop (0).Neil Chambers (1) and Francis Baker (2) and, with all four back in the pavilion the Kensham Park score board showed six runs for four wickets!

It did not get much better as Billy Wells (10), Roger Miles (8) and Paul Freeman (0), joined the early order batsmen to leave Bradninch on 28-7!

However, Del French was then joined by Paul Green, and the pair served up what would later prove to be the ‘match changing partnership’ as they added 57 for the eighth wicket. Both fell in quick succession, Del for 30 and Paul for 36 and the last wicket followed soon after with Roy Nott out for one leaving last man Stephen Weeks the not out batsmen without having troubled the scorers.

Bradninch were bowled out for 99 in 51 overs!

However, any fears at tea that a sub 100 score would lead to a heavy defeat were quickly dispelled as opening bowler Roger Miles, first change Roger Miles and second change Billy Wells combined to bowl the Cornish side out for 63.

Paul Freeman opened the bowling, sending down nine overs, five of which were maidens and conceded just 11 runs, but without claiming a wicket.

Roger Miles, who opened with Freeman, finished with the splendid figures of 3-15 from 11 overs and first change Roy Nott claimed four wickets for 17 runs in six overs and the only other bowler used, Billy Wells, finished with figures of 2-18 as the Bradninch XI won by a margin of 36 runs.