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Murray hits half-century on home debut

Champions toppled

If the first two outings are anything to go by then Australian Haydn Murray is going to a big hit with the home faithful at Kensham Park this season.

The Aussie, who had stroked a faultless 74 at Sandford the previous day, cruised past a debut home ground half-century, finally being dismissed for 78. He struck six 4s and three 6s, one of which sailed into the cemetery and very nearly disturbed the flowers that are laying on recently departed dear Les Kent’s grave!

Taking on Champions Heathcoat, who had also won their opening game in week one, the home side batted first and that man Murray led the way with another stylish spell at the crease.

Chris Acton also struck a half-century, his 57 included five 4s and a brace of 6s. Such was the pair’s dominance of the innings that the next highest was that of Billy Wakeley with 14. Ned Menheniott was the only bowler to claim more than a single wicket, he took 2-27.

After ten overs of the reply Heathcoat were on the charge with 86 (by comparison the home side’s ten-over-tally had been a more sedate 25!) but the home bowlers gradually battled back into the contest.

The reply was always up with the required run rate but once the pair who had got the runs on week one for their side, Sam Medley and Liam Lewis, both departed, it put the result back in the balance and the final wicket fell, thanks to a superb catch from Murray off the bowling of Piper to leave the Knightshayes men eight short of the home total.

Medley was out to a terrific catch from Nick Dean off the bowling of Phil Chappell, for 72, a knock that included eleven 4s and a 6. Lewis hit his second successive half-century, finally out for 53.

Nick Dean, Matt Jarrett, Haydn Murray, Phil Chappell and Tim Piper each took two wickets for the home side who are the early leaders of the 2010 North Devon Cricket League.