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1st XI vs Plymouth – Saturday 5th June 2004

Bradninch, still smarting from the defeat at Shipbroker Park which ended their 38 game unbeaten run, bounced back in fine style with a five-wicket win over bottom club Plymouth. Plymouth were bowled out for 195 after squandering a bright start and were beaten with five overs to spare on the back of an unbeaten 86… Continue Reading

1st XI versus Ipplepen Saturday 19th July 2003

PREDICTABLY UNPREDICTABLE, AS IPPLEPEN PLUMMET An unpredictable track after a week of spurious rain showers, planted the thought of bowling first in the Bradninch minds despite travelling without their regular strike bowler, Joel Murphy, who was taking the opportunity of a weekend off, with the availability of New Zealand pace star Alan Gambles making his… Continue Reading

1st XI versus Stoke Gabriel Saturday 12th July 2003

EARLY DECLARATION, BUT WIN FOILED BY LATE ORDER RALLY Winning the toss and batting on a flat, dry wicket Bradninch set themselves a target of 240 with an early declaration and as Gary Newall was delayed by a hospital appointment, Andy Nichols joined Chris Acton to open the innings. Early caution against the Stoke Gabriel… Continue Reading

1st XI versus Hatherleigh Saturday 5th July 2003

WINNING DRAW AND 15 POINTS FROM HATHERLEIGH HOSPITALITY Bradninch, put in to bat on a warm and overcast day, began cautiously with their regular openers Chris Acton and Gary Newall circumspect as the Hatherleigh attack tried to make an early breakthrough. However, in the fifth over Gary was clean bowled and Tim Piper joined Chris… Continue Reading

1st XI versus Whimple Saturday 28th June 2003

LIGHTNING STRIKE BY ANDY SEALS EIGHTH VICTORY Bradninch lost the toss and were asked to bat on a drying wicket that had been exposed to the previous day’s rain. Confident after chasing 235 to beat Plymouth Civil Service the Saturday before, the batsmen set about their task with relish. Chris Acton and Gary Newall carved… Continue Reading

1st XI vs Plymouth Civil Service – 21st June 2003

Being asked to field first on a high scoring pitch gave Bradninch the chance to control the game and prove they could chase runs on an equitable surface after tea. Not an easy task though as a good batting track, fast outfield and tight boundaries behind each wicket made containment difficult with line and length… Continue Reading

1st XI vs Barnstaple & Pilton – 14th June 2003

Winning the toss for the first time in five weeks, Bradninch elected to field on a hot, humid day presenting Barnstaple with the opportunity to post a target. Intent on attacking from the start, the openers put bat to ball and Bradninch proved up to the task as Chris Acton took a startling catch at… Continue Reading

1st XI vs Kingsbridge – 7th June 2003

A slightly damp but firm wicket encouraged the Kingsbridge Captain to field first and Bradninch set about building a match winning innings for the fourth consecutive week. Andy Nichols, deputising again in the absence of Captain and regular opener, Chris Acton, joined Gary Newall to face a lively Kingsbridge attack. The young Richard Carr sacrificed line and length… Continue Reading

1st XI vs Mount Wise – 31st May 2003

Losing the toss for the third week in a row, Bradninch were asked to bat on a slow, dry, low wicket. A tight opening spell of bowling from ‘Whiskey’ and the Australian, Richardson, contained the Bradninch openers but at 20 for no wicket the pair were looking comfortable, when Gary Newall was bowled for 6, reducing his season average… Continue Reading

1st XI vs Ashburton – 24th May 2003

Put in to bat on a surprisingly hard track, Bradninch started watchfully and after a quiet first ten overs the runs began to flow as Ashburton failed to make a breakthrough. Moving quickly from two to four runs an over by mid-innings, Chris Acton and Gary Newall dominated the bowlers and visibly demoralised the fielders… Continue Reading