Less than 24-hours after defeating Abbotskerswell on their own patch in a Tolchards Devon League A Division game, Bradninch put the same opposition well and truly to the sword, this time bowling them out for just 52 in 17 overs at Barton CC where the home side, plus the Abbot and Ninch were contesting a three-game day of T20 action to see who makes progress in Pool Five of the Devon T20.
What’s more, with the bowlers having ‘done their bit’ – the openers Rory Thomas and Mitchell Pugh needed just seven overs and two balls to seal a resounding 10 wicket win.
After losing the toss and seeing the Abbots skipper opt to bat first, Gary Chappell, who skippers the Ninch T20 side, gave the new ball duties to Mitchell Pugh and Eliot Acton and both bagged an early wicket each as they sent down three overs apiece.
Dan Hardy was introduced as first change and he had immediate success – indeed, after he had sent down three overs, he had figures of 3-3, sending down a maiden – something that is rare in T20 matches.
Chappell kept things freshened up with plenty poof bowling changes, using seven in all and six others each got at least one wicket!
It was all over well before the end of the scheduled 20 overs with the Abbots skittled out for 52.
As for those ‘Ninch’ bowling figures…
Mitchell Pugh (1-10 from three); Eliot Acton (1-14 from three); Dan Hardy (3-3 from three), Aryan Raigangar (2-10 from two)Gary Chappell (2-3 from two), Ankit Badwar 0-4 from two) and Will Squire (1-8) from two.
In the run chase – clearly frustrated by his first ball duck the day before against the same opposition, Rory Thomas ‘made the Abbots pay’ as he blasted the ball to all parts of the Barton ground, slamming four sixes and a four as he chalked up 41 off only 28 deliveries; at the other end, Mitchell Pugh hit a 16-ball 14 as the opening pair needed just seven overs and two balls to see Ninch to a storming success.