An unbeaten 44 from skipper Chris Acton, supporting knocks from Ankit Badwar and Connor Carthew, a fine all-round bowling effort and some outstanding fielding – particularly from the afore mentioned Carthew, saw Bradninch 2nds to a third successive Devon League win – and that left followers of the Ninch 2nds scratching their heads to wonder when the last time was that the 2nd XI won three successive league games!
After losing the toss and seeing his opposite number opt to bat, took to the field without two players with a couple of them arriving late owing to other commitments and the fact that the opposition has asked for the game toi start earlier than usual – at 12.30pm – to allow them [Ottery] to get back to their club to watch the Champions League final!
Dan Flower and Anthony Dean launched the Ottery innings and both looked very comfortable, adding 48 in just over 15 overs when a pick-up-and-direct-throw by Connor Carthew saw Dean run out for a 48-ball 25.
Dan Jeacock joined Flower, but the number three bat was soon on his way back to the boundary, caught by Carthew to give the once again very impressive Ankit Badwar his first wicket.
Badwar struck again in his very next over to remove Albert Southall-Brown for a duck and suddenly Ottery were 54-3. That was soon 63-5 as Nick Acton had William Lamb caught behind and then trapped opener Flower leg before. Flower trooped off with 21 runs to his name, scored off 73 deliveries.
Batting at number six, Tom Jeacock was joined by number seven Sam Gleeson and the pair added 20 before Gleeson became the sixth wicket to fall, run out by a Jordan Biss throw. That left the Otters on 83-6 and it was soon 86-7 with Ashad Prasad (2) bowled by Chris Acton.
Bret Venables joined Jeacock, but he perished soon after, out without troubling the scorers to leave Ottery wobbling on 87 -8.
Will Shreaves joined Jeacock and the latter launched a fight back. When Shreaves was out, bowled by Shrewsberry for one, he had helped Jeacock, then on 43, add what might be a precious 33 runs.
Just eight more runs were added before Jeacock became the final Ottery wicket to be lost – but not before he had brought up his half century. – struck off 61 balls.
Bob Cope (0) was the not out batsman and Ottery were bowled out for 128.
A hugely impressive fact from the Bradninch bowling columns was that Ankit Badwal (2-19), Nick Acton (3-21) and skipper Chris Acton (1-17) each bowled their full complement of overs and all three sent down 44 dot balls!
James Mills, who opened the bowling from the Tennis Court End, returned figures of 0-33 from a full shift of nine overs – ‘Millsy’ bowled 41 dot balls, while Jordan Biss (0-13 from four overs with 16 dot balls) and the return from Ryan Shrewsberry was 2-22 from four overs with a dozen dot balls.
Skipper Acton and Ryan Shrewsberry led there run chase and they added 25 when Shrewsberry was caught by Venables off the bowling of Shreaves. Ankit Badwar joined Acton and the pair wasted little time in imposing themselves on the contest. Badwar slammed four successive boundaries in over number eight and he and Acton had put on 50 when Badwar was adjudged out – leg before – having scored 35 from 25 balls, hitting eight fours.
Connor Carthew joined Acton and they added 42 before Carthew became the third and final home wicket to be lost, but by that time the winning line was just 12 runs away. Carthew’s contribution was an important 21 and, with James Mills coming out to join his skipper, he was at the opposite end as Acton took his team to victory with two fours in the 31st and final over of the contest.
Mills was unbeaten without scoring and Acton trooped off with a splendid unbeaten 44 to his name, scored off 84 deliveries, hitting six fours.
For Ottery, Dan Jeacock finished with figures of 1-10 from 2.5 overs and the other wicket takers were Bob Cope, 1-20 from six and Will Shreaves, 1-33 from four.
The E Division East table after matchday five reads:
P W L T A Pts
Bradninch 5 3 0 0 2 67
Budleigh S 5 2 1 0 2 59
Thorverton 5 2 1 0 2 56
Clyst SG 5 2 1 0 2 55
Bideford L/W 5 1 1 0 3 45
Topsham SJ 5 1 1 0 3 44
Woodbury &NSC 5 1 2 0 2 43
Honiton 5 1 2 0 2 39
Ottery St M 5 1 3 0 1 34
Axminster T 5 0 2 0 3 25