Ankit Badwal took the plaudits as Bradninch II started the 2021 Tolchards Devon League F Division season with victory at Thorverton II.
It was a game badly affected by the weather with rain arriving just as the home innings ended and the players had to wait for some 90 minutes before the match could resume and then with Bradninch set a revised target of 74 from 20 overs.
It was a contest won by ‘Ninch’ with something to spare with Badwal scoring an unbeaten 46 from just 27 deliveries.
All this came after he had bowled his full complement of nine overs, five of which were maidens and he bagged a brace of wickets for just 15 runs.
His first spell saw him send down six overs at which points his figures were 1-1! Indeed, he did not conceded a run until the 38th delivery he sent down – in that opening six overs the only run he conceded was a wide!
Chris Acton won the toss, inserted the home side and gave the new ball to James Mills at one end and Amkit Badwal at the other.
The pair had the home side on the back foot from the very first delivery and, when the pair both stood down after sending down six overs each, Thorverton were 19-1, 12 overs in!
It continued to be a case of the bowlers – backed up by some exceptional fielding – being on top.
Thorverton closed their 45 overs on 166-5 with those 2-15 from nine figures from Badwal being the pick of them. James Mills finished with 1-24 from seven, Mark Perrott send down six overs for his 1-24, capturing the wicket of Paul Sterling thanks to a catch by Chris Acton. The skipper bowled a full shift of nine overs, returning figures of 1-40 and the other bowlers were Paul Nott (0-36 from eight) and Nick Acton (0-21 from six).
The rain then arrived leaving the players to shiver – and get wet – but, 90 minutes later the sun did its best to break through and a new target of 74 from 20 overs was the Bradninch target.
Openers Will Birley (9) and Paul Nott (5) both fell inside five overs, but that was as ‘good’ as it got for the home side as Ankit Badwal was joined by Connor Carthew and they took the score from 19-2 across the winning line at 76-2, putting on 57 in just 33 deliveries.
Badwal slammed his unbeaten 46 from just 27 balls while Carthew faced a dozen deliveries for his unbeaten 13.
Bradninch II: Chris Acton (c ), Jordan Biss (WK), Nick Acton, Will Birley, Ankit Badwal, Connor Carthew, Jovi Jenkins, James Mills, Paul Nott, Mark Perrot and Liam Reed.