The club’s 2nd XI won their pre-season warm-up game at Kentisbeare – albeit with a little bit of help from the Kents who were able to help with players after injuries to Chris Acton and Chris Deane and an unfortunate accident to a member of his family that led to Ash not being able to attend.
In terms of the Bradninch team that did travel: Rob Acton (captain), Will Greig, Cameron Suidgeest, Will Birley, Tom Etheridge, Ryan Shrewsberry and Bryn Jones.
It was the latter who must be crowned Man of the Match for his innings – the highest Bradninch knock of the game. Mind you, on what would have been the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare, Jones a highly educated young man himself, was GUILTY AS CHARGED in terms of his jug evading knock of 49 – ended by the raising of the forefinger by the umpire!
Kentisbeare batted first in what was played as a 40-0vers each, 10-a-side contest and were dismissed for 162. Will Birley took the bowling honours with 3-28 from a good eight over spell. Cameron Suidgeest showed some more of his extensive bowling armoury, sending down 4.1 overs of quick bowling – off a shortened run up, returning figures of 2-9. Will Grieg, making his first start of the season, sent down his eight overs for the very respectable figures of 2-44 on the small Kentisbeare pitch. Ryan Shrewsberry (1-35 in eight) also bowled a good spell and the other to bowl were Tom Etheridge (0-31 in five) and skipper-for-the-day Rob Acton (0-15 in one over).
The Bradninch reply was led by Bryn Jones who looked in good shape from the first delivery he faced. The 2014 2nd XI skipper was quickly into the groove – and was joined in the opening slots by one of the three home players helping the side out.
The game was won thanks to a superb knock by Jones – one ended by an lbw decision with his score on 49, was crucial to the cause. The winning line was crossed with a dozen overs to spare. Cameron Suidgeest (36) and Will Greig (19) both chipped in for the cause.
- Kentisbeare 161-9 (Will Birley 3-28, Cameron Suidgeest 2-9, Will Greig 2-44, Ryan Shrewsberry 1-35).
- Bradninch 162-5 (Bryn Jones 49, Cameron Suidgeest 36, Will Greig 19).
Bradninch win by 5 wickets