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Rain brings early end to 1st XI meeting with North Devon

The penultimate Saturday of July – also match 12 and the arrival of the two-thirds mark of the Tolchards Drinks Devon League season, was a washout and both Bradninch XIs managed starts in their respective games, but both, like 80 per cent of the league fixtures on the day, failed to get far enough to produce a positive result by the time premature stumps were called.

The 1st XI, hosting North Devon, were invited to bat first and skipper Gary Chappell with usual opening partner Rory Tomas, launched the Ninch effort.

Thomas fell for 12 to the second delivery of the fifth over with the score then 19-1, the opener facing 14 balls in a 19-minute stay at the wicket hitting one four.

The previous weekend’s batting star Matt Foster was next man in and he and the skipper took the total to 47 when ‘Fozzy’ became the second man down, out to the second delivery of the ninth over for a 16-ball, four-boundary (four fours) knock of 22.

Tim Piper joined ‘Chaps’ and he faced 20 deliveries, scoring five runs in a 27-minute stay at the wicket, a stay that was brought to a premature end by a violent rain storm that sent the players rushing to the pavilion and ultimately ended play far too early.

The game lasted just 50 minutes, and 16 overs with Ninch closing the day on 84-2, with skipper Chappell scoring an unbeaten 37 from 46 balls, hitting five fours and one six.

With leaders Bovey Tracey the only side in the top flight to beat the weather and get a completed game in – one they won against reigning champions Sidmouth – it all means that Bovey Tracey are now on the home lap in terms of lifting the 2017 Tolchards Drinks Devon league top honour.

Interestingly, the champions-elect have – a dozen games into the 18-game season – not lost a single game to the weather whilst everyone else has lost at least one, with second-placed Exmouth and North Devon, the two unfortunate sides to have lost two games to the elements.

It would appear that the title, with six games and 120 points to play for, is Bovey Tracey’s to lose. They lead the table by 35 points with those six to play.

The battle to avoid a bottom two finish is not quite so clear cut with just 27 points between basement-side Heathcoat and fifth-placed Paignton.

As for Ninch, it’s a third placed berth right now, 51 points shy of the top side and 41 points clear of the bottom side.

Next up is a Saturday (July 29) visit to the Maer ground, Exmouth, one of three remaining away games with the others being to Bovey Tracey and Exeter. The remaining home matches are against Plymouth, Paignton and Heathcoat.

Premier Division

 

P

W

L

T

A

Pts

Bovey Tracey

12

10

2

0

0

203

Exmouth

12

7

3

0

2

168

Bradninch

12

6

5

0

1

152

Sidmouth

12

6

5

0

1

143

Paignton

12

4

7

0

1

129

Exeter

12

5

6

0

1

127

Torquay

12

6

5

0

1

126

North Devon

12

4

7

0

2

125

Plymouth

12

4

7

0

1

120

Heathcoat

12

3

8

0

1

112