Established 1891

Precious points for the 2nds in the rain at Newton Poppleford

The 2nd XI, not for the first time this term, travelled two players light to Newton Poppleford and, upon arrival at Newton Poppleford, for the game against Sidmouth III, regular umpire Ollie Hardy donned whites to assist the Ninch cause.

Skipper Bryn Jones won the toss at and opted to bat first against hosts Sidmouth III.

Paul Nott and Thom Bunker opened the innings and looked in almost complete control as the opening bowlers failed trouble them in any shape or form.

The pair had taken the score to 44 after 13 overs when, in his second over, first change Graham Munday, who skippers the Devon Over-50s, served up a straight delivery on a good length that ‘Bunks’ missed and he was sent packing, trapped leg before, for a 28-ball knock of 26 with five fours.

Ryan Shrewsberry was next man in, and out, as he was stumped off the 11th delivery he received and was sent back without troubling the scorers.

Skipper Bryn Jones went in at four, but he too did not last long as he faced arguably the worst delivery senior statesman Munday bowled all day, a full toss, got a leading edge, and the ball ballooned to mid-off for the easiest of catches and, suddenly, Ninch were 48-3. By this time the game was being played in constant drizzle with conditions for batting – and bowling and fielding – becoming on the farcical side.

Opener Paul Nott’s 58 ball innings was ended with him having scored 20 (two fours) and, as he trooped off, the scoreboard was showing 51-4 after 19 overs.

Will Birley can consider himself unlucky for there was a large chunk of bat on the ball before the home umpire raised his finger to a vociferous ‘howzat’ appeal for a leg before decision – the teenager having done well to fend off 16 deliveries in the damp before succumbing for five and, from 60-5 it was soon 62-6 with the loss of Liam Reed for four – he too did well to last the 16 deliveries he faced in increasingly poor conditions.

Vinny Clark – not for the first time this season – went I late on and gave the bowlers something to think about – the youngest member of the team scoring 12 from 15 deliveries with a four and three twos.

Max Cooper was the last man out, the eighth wicket to fall with the score on 80. ‘Coops’ fell for five to the final ball of the 28th over.

There was one more over to be bowled with Luke Wrightson joined by last man – number 10 Olly Hardy (not for the first time the teams umpire donning whites to help make up the numbers) and Ninch closed their innings on 80-8 after 29 overs. Hardy was not out nought having faced four deliveries and Wrightson, who also faced four balls, was not out two.

An early tea was taken, but continual rain led to the match being finally abandoned at 4.40pm.

With the season at the two-thirds stage, the side sit second bottom and, with it being anticipated that just one side will be ‘demoted’ in terms of the make-up of the new all-through league in 2018, the lead over Clyst Hydon, who have one game fewer to play and the two sides are still to meet, is 13 points.

Next up for Bryn Jones and his men is a Saturday (July 29) home game versus champions-in-waiting Hatherleigh II.

Latest B Division East 2nd XI table

Hatherleigh

10

9

0

0

1

193

Thorverton

11

6

4

0

1

149

Alphington

11

5

4

0

2

128

Shobrooke Pk

11

5

4

0

2

127

Sidmouth

11

5

5

0

1

130

Seaton

10

5

5

0

0

125

Chudleigh

11

4

5

0

2

110

Bradninch

10

2

7

0

1

80

Clyst Hydon

11

1

8

0

2

67