Bradninch were beaten by 171 runs when they visited Premier Division Exmouth for a pre-season friendly
Former Bradninch player Tim Piper made sure his former side got a good look at what they were missing as he hit a 60-ball half century before retiring with his wicket intact as Premier Division Exmouth batted their way to
Piper hit eight fours in his half-century while Dan Pyle stroked his way to a 31-ball 41, a knock that included five fours and two sixes.
Piper opened the innings for his side and he played second fiddle early on to fellow opener Louis Morrison who certainly took a liking to Eliot Acton, hitting all four of his 39 runs off the Bradninch skipper. Morrison slammed seven fours and a six in his 27-ball 39 as he and Piper added 58 in just over seven overs before Morison became the first wicket to fall.
Piper was joined by Pyle and they took the total to 131 when Pyle fell to the first ball of the 18th over. Next man in was Devansh Popley, but he fell to the very first ball he received, trapped leg before by spinner Josh Farley who had also bowled Dan Pyle while Gary Chappell had earlier trapped Morison leg before.
Pete Turnbull joined Piper and the pair took the score to 150 at which point, having reached his fifty, the home skipper stood down with one ball of the 23rd over remaining.
Turnbull became the fourth wicket to fall, clean-bowled by Aryan Raigangar on his first outing for Bradninch. Turnbull was out for a 27-ball 23.
Billy Rudolph was then dismissed with three balls of the 30th over remaining, out for 14, trapped leg before by Tallon Burns.
Hugo Hammond and Finlay Marks then put bat to ball with good effect, adding 85 in just 10 overs and one ball before Marks fell, his wickets knocked over by Gary Chappell. Marks had done his job though, scoring 48 from 33 deliveries, hitting eight boundaries. When Marks was out, the Maer men were on 277-6 with two balls remaining.
Chappell struck again to remove former Bradninch man Andrew Buzza and the Exmouth innings ended with their score an impressive 279-7 after 40 overs. Hammond was not-out 37, hitting four boundaries in his 40-ball stay at the crease.
Bradninch skipper Eliot Acton shared the bowling duties out. Indeed, he used eight different bowlers. Gary Chappell topped the wicket taking with his return being 3-30 from six overs while Josh Farley served up the most economical figures, with a return of 2-16 from five.
Skipper Acton, who opened the bowling with Mitch Pugh, ended up with figures of 0-69 from six while the Pugh return was 0-23 from five. Aryan Berry, another making his first start for the club, ended with figures of 0-26 from three; Tallon Burns had figures of 1-23 from three; Ankit Badwal’s return was 0-28 from four and the Aryan Raigangar return was 1-60 from eight.
The Bradninch reply could not have made a worse start as, by the end of the first over, two wickets had been lost with the Maer Ground scoreboard showing 7-2 following then loss of both opener Josh Farley, trapped leg before to Pete Turnbull for a three ball four and then Tim Piper held a catch behind, also off Turnbull to send Mitchell Pugh back for a second ball duck.
Aryan Raigangar joined Chappell and they took the score to 23 when Gary Chappell was bowled by Finn Marks having scored 16 with one four and one six in a 24-ball stay at the wicket. That left the total on 23-3 after six overs.
The very next delivery, the first ball of the seventh over saw the end of the Raigangar knock, the debutant out going the same way as Mitchell Pugh, caught behind by Piper off Turnbull with the score then 23-4. Will Birley joined Thom Bunker and Birley fell next, trapped leg before by Ryan Schaufler having faced 23 deliveries for his score of five.
Bunker went next, clean bowled by Turnbull for a 29-ball six and that left the reply floundering on 38-6 after 14.5 overs.
Tallon Burns joined wicket keeper Darren Paul and this pairing did at least bring a half to the wicket falling. Indeed, Burns and Paul dug deep and showed their resilience to almost double the total before Burns became the seventh wicket to fall when he was bowled by Andrew Buzza having faced 21 balls for his 16. Burns and Paul had taken the score to 70 when the wicket fell midweek through the 24th over.
Skipper Eliot Acton joined his wicket keeper and the pair, perhaps realising that the game was ‘lost’, when on the attack and served up the best partnership of the reply. Three figures were reached when Paul hit Buzza for four leaving Bradninch then 103-7 after 31 overs and four balls.
It was the skipper who was eighth man out, bowled by Buzza off the final ball of the 34th over having faced 36 balls for his two boundary 16. Acton and Paul added 37 in 10-and-a-half overs with the scoreboard showing 107-8.
Aryan Berry joined Paul, but the latter was the ninth man down, caught by Finn Marks off Billy Rudolph, but not before he had dished up the highest score in the Bradninch innings. Paul was out for 25 scored off 59 balls, hitting four fours.
Ankit Badwal joined Berry for the final pairing of the Bradninch innings, but they were not together for long as Berry was trapped leg before by Louis Morrison, falling the penultimate delivery of the 36th over without troubling the scorer to leave Bradninch all out for 108.
In terms of the Exmouth bowling, it was Pete Turnbull who took the honours with his return of 4-19 from eight overs. There were two wickets for Andrew Buzza (2-37 in eight) and one each for Billy Rudolph (1-9 in five), Ryan Schaufler (1-23 in six), Finn Marks (1-11 in three) and Louis Morrison (1-1 in five balls). The other home bowler used was Alvin Pollard (0-15 in five).
Bradninch are next in action next Saturday (April 24) when they host Thorverton at Kensham Park.
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