2nd XI stand-in skipper Derrick Foan has certainly enjoyed his stint at the helm.
He says of the last two games:
“There’s not much to say about Axminster except the covers only protected one half of the strip and I lost the toss. We only had 10 and would have set a new record for the highest average age had Andy (Nichols) played, although Vinny (Clarke) helped bring it down. Vinny batted at number five and stayed in for three or four overs before emulating the skipper, being run out with a direct hit going for a second run!
The game at Newton Poppleford against Sidmouth III turned into a great match! It was one that clearly all the team hugely enjoyed and got involved in contributing to an intense performance, getting tantalising close to achieving something special.
The stats tell the story; defending a revised target of 88 off 28 overs. Sidmouth were 50 for a couple of wickets down after 10 overs from Phil (Chappell) and Kev (Manning). Then we were treated to the super spells from Will (Birley) and Luke (Wrightson) who sent their overs down for next to nothing before the batsmen got after both in their final overs. However, wickets were tumbling at both ends, with Luke putting every ball on the stop and Will making the ball turn away from the right handers with great control.
Amongst some exceptional fielding there were key highlights. Most notably a direct-hit run-out by Phil collecting the ball at cover and throwing down the stumps at the bowlers end, several decent catches and a stumping that evaded the interest of stand-in umpire.
Andy and Rob (Acton) bowled the last six overs, continuing with good line and length to make the batsmen earn every run and, when the eighth wicket went down, it was game on – with half a dozen still needed off eight or nine deliveries.
A smart single and a lucky two off the edge flying high over gulley won the match with a few balls to spare, but the atmosphere in the changing room was that of a team who had just won the cup!
All-in-all a special day with the team, one I am sure the players will have enjoyed being involved in just as much as I enjoyed skippering them.”