Established 1891

Double defeat to Tivvy as Indoor League ends

The BCC 6-a-side team were beaten both times in their double-header meeting with Division Two champions-in-waiting Tiverton.

The first game saw Bradninch bat first. Tom Bunker and Mark Ashplant opened the innings and were parted early on when Ash trod on his wicket to be out for six! First eleven skipper Tim Piper, making his first appearance of the indoor season for the team, was next in, and out, run out in a misunderstanding with young Bunker. Pipes departed for six and Will Greig was not long at the wicket – he was bowled for five.

Bunker was eventually out for the side’s top score of 19 and Max Cooper was out, caught behind without troubling the scorers.

It was left to Will Birley to bat out the innings and he did so, finishing nine not out with the total being a well-below par (par indoors in this league is 110-120), 62.

The Tivvy reply used up just six of the available overs and, disappointingly, no fewer than 20 of the 63 runs they needed were wides! Just one wicket was taken – that a neat caught and bowled by Mark Ashplant – to dismiss Jason Parr for 23. Brendan Parr (18) and Danesh Raheja (11) were the unbeaten Tivvy bats when the win was confirmed.

The Bradninch bowling figures were: Will Greig (two overs 0-22), Tim Piper (two overs 0-17), Will Birley (one over 0-8), Mark Ashplant (one over 1-12) and Max Cooper (one delivery and 0-2).

The teams then immediately began a second match with Tivvy this time batting first.

Given that the week before they had plundered 160 in their 12 overs against Newton St Cyres the BCC VI can be pleased with their efforts that restricted them to 135-5.

Danesh Raheja top scored with an unbeaten 54 from the opening slot. Jason Parr hit 28 before becoming one of three wickets for Will Greig. Paul Rendell (22) and Alex Dixon (12) were the other Tivvy batsmen to fall to Grieg – all three wickets were clean bowled – and the bowler became the first BCC indoor player to bag three wickets in a game. Will Birley added another wicket to his season’s tally – in his case for the most economical figures of any of the four bowlers – each bowled three overs. The innings closed on 135-5 with the bowling figures being; Will Greig (three overs 3-31), Will Birley (three overs 1-25), Tim Piper (three overs 0-38) and Mark Ashplant (three overs 0-38).

Tim Piper and Mark Ashplant opened the bowling, but Piper fell for seven and Ashplant for nine with Will Greig next in, and instantly out – bowled first ball, to a delivery that kept strangely low!

Max Cooper joined Tom Bunker and the teenagers began to rebuild the reply before Cooper was run out for 13. Will Birley joined Bunker and the resistance continued until Birley was out, playing on for seven. Fittingly, this meant that the teams leading run scorer in the indoor league this season, Tom Bunker, saw out the final few blows of the league campaign, finally run out in the final over for 28.

Tom Bunker in action for the 6-a-side team
Tom Bunker in action for the 6-a-side team

The BCC VI ended 88 all out with Tiverton winners by a margin of 47 runs.

One footnote! Dave Bunker was, as ever, on duty at the Devon Cricket Centre to help the team’s cause and this week he was forced to watch the action barefoot as Will Greig pitched up in flip flops and so needed to borrow ‘Bunks Snrs’ shoes to play in!

Well done, Dave – that is certainly a case of ‘actions that are over and above the call of normal and general duty!’