U19s defeat Ottery St Mary by 23 runs at Kensham Park
Rory Thomas was named the home Man of the Match for a 22-ball 52 (five sixes and four fours), whilst fellow opener Josh Cann hit a 22-ball five boundary 38 – the opening pair put on 98 in the first seven overs before Thomas was forced off the square after reaching an unbeaten 50 (rules of the competition!). Thom Bunker, who skippered the side superbly, scored a 35-ball 42 and Ryan Shrewsberry, from the number four slot, chipped in with a 26-ball 28.
There was even a ramp shot by Will Birley (making up the numbers despite his injured shoulder) off the only ball he faced – the last ball of the innings. Henry Lunn was not out three as Bradninch closed on 192-7. Max Cooper (0), Liam Reed (1) and Vinny Clark (2) were the other home batters to see action. Joe Nisbit and Matt Durham did not bat.
Ottery made a flying start to the reply with 31 off their first four overs. However, once Ryan Shrewsberry made the break through – aided by a Liam Reed catch – one of two held by Reed – the reply was 35-1 after five and already slipping behind the near 10-runs-per-over requirement from ball one.
Billy Reed retired not out 50 and Tom Jeacock (38 not out) and Jack Dallyn 30, took Ottery close, but they needed 50 off the last three and closed on 169-5. The home bowling figures were; Ryan Shrewsberry (2-30), Josh Cann (0-34), Rory Thomas (1-24) and Matt Durham – who bowled splendidly on his BCC debut – (1-29) sent down four overs each. Vinny Clark (1-29 from two) and Henry Lunn (0-18 in two) were the other bowlers used.
It must also be mentioned that the injured Will Birley played his part in the outfield using his left arm and under arm throwing the ball in – almost effecting a run out!
So victory in the club’s first U19 T20 and now onto Sidmouth at home on Friday night.
Thanks must go to a wonderful group of supporters led By Natalie and Tim Hunt (and Nat’s Mum), plus the Geech family – and thanks too – A PLENTY – to Simon and Jill Glendinning for ALL THEIR support with the event.
Last but not least, thanks also to Lautaro Musiani for umpiring – ‘Dave’ was the only senior club player who turned out to help/support the club’s first venture in this format – here’s hoping more turn out to support in the future!