The two wicket win at Chudleigh brought what had been a long known fact to fruition with promotion confirmed as, at stumps on Saturday evening the updated table showed the third placed team unable to overhaul Gary Chappell’s men and so a place in the top flight of Devon County Cricket once more is Bradninch’s.
So how have we arrived at this fabulous situation? Well, by steam-rolling our way (to date) through the Tolchards Devon League A Division table with 14 wins from 15 games.
The ‘Roll of Honour’ below shows one person standing head and shoulders above the rest – Gary Chappell who took over as team captain when Tim Piper stood down after the win at Barton.
Now thoughts turn to top flight cricket at Kensham park once again in 2017!
Let’s look at how we got to this point:
1st XI Tolchards Devon League ‘Roll of Honour’ as at Sunday, August 14.
Batting: (All scores of 50 plus to count. * denotes not out)
Gary Chappell 205* at Sandford June 4
Gary Chappell 117 home versus Budleigh July 16
Tim Piper 104* at Barton July 23
Gary Chappell 87 at Lewdown July 9
Lautaro Musiani 74 at Lewdown July 9
Gary Chappell 72 at Chudleigh August 13
Gary Chappell 68 home versus Hatherleigh June 18
Gary Chappell 68 at Ipplepen June 25
Cameron Suidgeest 68 home versus Paignton July 30
Andrew Buzza 58 at Sandford June 4
Ross Acton 56 at Sandford June 4
Gary Chappell 53 home versus Sandford August 6
Gary Chappell 50 home versus Barton May 21
Thom Bunker 50* home versus Sandford August 6
Bowling – five wickets or more
Cameron Suidgeest 6-50 home versus Hatherleigh June 18
Ross Acton 5-14 home versus Chudleigh June 11
Will Squire 5-30 at Budleigh May 14
12 Tim Piper and Ross Acton
6 Gary Chappell and Dan Hardy
4 Andrew Buzza, Josh Cann and Lautaro Musiani
3 Cameron Suidgeest and Will Squire
2 Chris Acton and Dave Harvey
1 Will Greig, Thom Bunker and Ryan Shrewsberry
Best partnerships wicket by wicket
1st 174 by Gary Chappell and Ross Acton at Sandford
2nd 100 by Gary Chappell and Dan Hardy at Hatherleigh
3rd 103 by Gary Chappell and Andrew Buzza at Sandford
4th 59 by Lautaro Musiani and Tim Piper at Barton
5th 115 by Gary Chappell and Lautaro Musiani at Lewdown
6th 69 by Andrew Buzza and Cameron Suidgeest at home to Paignton
7th 24 by Lautaro Musiani and Cameron Suidgeest at home to Plympton
8th 68 by Tim Piper and Mark Ashplant at Barton
9th 30 by Cameron Suidgeest and Will Birley at Chudleigh
10th 12 by Will Squire and Chris Acton at home to Paignton
The BCC season so far in numbers:
2,838 the number of runs scored by the team
86 the number of wickets lost
2130 the number of runs scored by the opposition
124 the number of wickets lost by the opposition
180-5 the average BCC score
142-8 the average score of the opposition
THREE the number of times BCC have been bowled out (at Paignton, at Ipplepen and at home against Paignton).
TEN the number of times the opposition have been bowled out
364-4 the highest BCC score – away at Sandford
185 all out the lowest BCC score when batting second (away at Paignton)
208 the lowest score when batting first (home v Paignton)
- the highest opposition score (by Budleigh at Bradninch)
and the game-by-game season to date (as at pre Chudleigh away on August 13).
The road to glory in 2016
Saturday, May 7
Match day one of a new Tolchards Devon league season and the campaign began with a home meeting with Lewdown.
The visitors batted first and were bundled out for just 113 with 81 of them coming from the bat of their overseas star. New overseas player at Kensham Park, Cameron Suidgeest, announced his arrival with 4-52 and that four wicket haul was matched by another ‘debutant’ – returning Gary Chappell – who took four wickets for just seven runs.
Chappell then hit an unbeaten 48 and Ross Acton was also there at the close with an unbeaten 20 as a six wicket win (114-4) was sealed in relative comfort.
Saturday, May 14
A trip to the East Devon seaside and a meeting with Budleigh Salterton that saw the home side bat first and be bowled out for just 129.
There were two more wickets for Aussie Suidgeest, but the star of the show with the ball was Will Squire who bagged the team’s first fivefer of the new term with figures of 5-30.
A second successive six wicket win (131-4) was swiftly achieved with Gary Chappell again top scoring with 40 and there were runs too from the club’s Argentinian international, Lautaro Musiani (29) and skipper Tim Piper (21no).
Position in table TOP lead by 1 point from Paignton
Saturday, May 21
Matchday three of the new season was a virtual washout across all the divisions. Play was only possible at six venues – one of them being Kensham Park where the 1st XI – playing Barton – were 84 without loss with Chappell (50no) and Buzza (27no) certainly powering the sided to what had looked to be a huge score in the meeting with Barton. Rain curtailed play with the home side 84-0.
Position in table: TOP lead by 2 points from Paignton
Saturday, May 28
The team brought the first month of the season to a close with a visit to Paignton where, for the first time in the campaign a game was lost!
The South Devon side batted first and powered their way to 243-4. Four players, Chappell, Musiani, Ross Acton and Chris Acton, each got a wicket apiece.
The reply floundered with the loss of the final wicket at 185. Piper (45), Suidgeest (48), Musiani (25) and Chappell (21), were the primary scorers.
Position in table: THIRD; 12 pts behind leaders Paignton and level with second placed Sandford.
Saturday, June 4
Matchday five and a trip to Creedy Park to play Sandford.
This was to be a very special day for the team star – Gary Chappell – as he stuck a six off the final ball of the Bradninch innings to bring up his double hundred.
He trooped off to applause from both camps with an unbeaten 205 to his name as the team scored a whopping 364-4.
Other runs came from the bats of Andrew Buzza (58), Ross Acton (56) and Dan Hardy (20). Sandford were then bowled out for 191 with Suidgeest (3-43) and Squire (3-24), the principle wicket takers.
Position in table: TOP lead by 2 points from Paignton
Saturday, June 11
A home meeting with Chudleigh saw the visitors blown away for just 62! Ross Acton claimed the second ‘fivefer’ of the campaign, finishing with figures of 5-14 and there was another good return for Aussie Suidgeest with 3-20.
A 10-wicket (63-0) was sealed in quick time by Chappell (33) and Ross Acton (24).
Position in table: TOP lead by 7 points from Paignton
Saturday, June 18
Matchday seven and a visit to Hatherleigh where the home side were bowled out for 102. This proved to be a special day for Suidgeest as he produced the best bowling figures of any BCC bowler in the season to date with six wickets for 50 runs. Just one wicket was lost in the run chase with Chappell (68no) and Hardy (36no) at the crease when a 9-wicket win was sealed at 106-1.
Position in table: TOP lead by 19 points from Budleigh
Saturday, June 25
A trip to Ipplepen saw Bradninch bat first and rack up a healthy 257 in 49.1 overs.
All the top batters scored runs with Chappell (68), Piper (47) Hardy (36), Will Greig (30), Josh Cann (26) and Buzza (25), the principle run getters.
Ipplepen were then bowled out for 139 and, just as the run scoring had been shared around, so too were the wickets as Squire (3-13), Chappell (2-16), Ross Acton (2-23) and Cameron Suidgeest (2-27), all enjoyed success with the ball.
Position in table: TOP lead by 22 points from Paignton
Saturday July 2
Matchday nine and the halfway stage of the season is reached with a home meeting with Plympton in a game reduced to 31-overs-per-side by rain.
The visitors batted first and scored 164-8 with the principle wicket takers being Suidgeest (3-29) and Buzza (2-24).
At 80-5 and 111-6, the run chase began to look a lost cause. However, that did not resonate with Suidgeest as he launched into the bowling hitting a 16-ball six-boundary 42 and, with support from Musiani (42 from 46) and young Thom Bunker (13 from 11), the home side got home with three wickets and five balls to spare at 167-7.
Position in table: TOP lead by 24 points from Lewdown
Saturday July 9
The first game of the second half of the season and a visit to Lewdown for a match ultimately wiped out by the weather.
However, before the rain arrived Bradninch batted first and scored 235-7 with Chappell again the top scorer with 87 and there was also a splendid knock of 74 from young Musiani.
Lewdown and reached 49-6 with Suidgeest (2-19) and Chris Acton (2-6) amongst the wickets, but the rain set in and denied yet another victory.
Position in table: TOP lead by 29 points from Lewdown
Saturday, July 16
Matchday 11 and a thrilling contest with Budleigh Salterton that saw the Kensham Park faithful enjoy a contest of 503 runs and 15 wickets.
Batting first, Chappell scored his second century of the term with a superb 117 in a total of 254-9.
The best of the supporting acts came from Hardy (29), Ross Acton (28) and Piper (28). Budleigh were close – but not close enough, as they closed on 249-6 to lose by just five runs. Chappell, with 2-31, was the most successful home bowler.
Position in table: TOP lead by 27 points from Lewdown
Saturday, July 23
A visit to Barton who had won the fixture in South Devon in 2015. However, the tables were turned as Tim Piper, who gave up the captaincy after the game, scored a wonderful unbeaten 104.
Chappell (42), Buzza (26), Musiani (23) and Mark Ashplant (22) all chipped in towards a closing total of 294-8. Buzza (2-23), Chappell (2-27) and Suidgeest (2-43) saw Bradninch to a 134 run win with the home side bowled out for 160.
Position in table: TOP lead by 37 points from Lewdown
Saturday, July 30.
A Kensham Park meeting with Paignton who were beaten by 47 runs.
Batting first the home side were in all sorts of bother at 56-5, but a stunning 12-boundary 49-ball knock of 68 from Suidgeest gave the total some respectability at 208 all out after 46.4 overs.
That was more than enough to land a 10th win of the term as a Chappell ‘fivefer’ (5-15) and a brace of wickets for Chris Acton (2-7) and Ross Acton (2-45), saw the hosts to another comfortable success with Paignton bowled out for 161.
Position in table: TOP lead by 38 points from Lewdown
Saturday, August 6
A second successive home game and this one – against Sandford – proved to be a very special day for 17-year-old Thom Bunker who scored his maiden 1st XI half century (in only his second innings for the senior side), as the visiting side were beaten by six wickets.
Sandford batted first and were bowled out for 195 in 45.5 overs. Ross Acton, injured early in the game and subsequently off the pitch for a short spell for treatment to a blow above the eye, returned for a second spell with the ball to finish with 4-27 and there were three more wickets for Gary Chappell.
Chappell then hit a 62-ball 53 and Ross Acton weighed in with 43, but the show was stolen by teenager Bunker who faced just 31 balls hitting three 4s and five 6s to end the game with a six and seal success (200-4).
Position in table: TOP lead by 49 points from Paignton
Saturday, August 13
A visit to Chudleigh with a much changed side, and it turned into a game for the Aussie to be the hero!
Chudleigh batted first and Ross Acton bagged a four wicket haul (4-17) as the home side were bowled out for 173.
The run chase began well with Gary Chappell scoring his eighth half century of the season and Tim Piper weighed in with 32. However, the wheels came off and it ended with Cameron Suidgeest being joined by Will Birley with the score 146-8 after 37.3 overs.
The teenager did his supporting role to the letter facing 18 balls, scoring three runs, but crucially staying there as Suidgeest saw the side home with an unbeaten 34 – the pair putting on 30 for the unbroken ninth wicket.
Position in table: TOP lead by 48 points from Paignton and 60 from third placed Budleigh so PROMOTION is confirmed