Will Birley played one of his best innings to date when he batted in the second innings of the Exeter College match against Richard Huish at the splendid setting of the Wyvern Club, Taunton.
After the home tail was mopped up early on day two the Exeter College second innings was in all sorts of disarray at 60-6 at lunch. However, Birley, batting at number six and wearing for the first time a set of new pads brought via Andy Buzza the night before, stayed at the crease for 90 minutes to top-score with 40 before holing out in the penultimate over of the innings. He lost four batting partners in his time at the wicket, but played exceptionally well to add to the 18 runs he scored in the first innings. His stay at the wicket and his runs, guided the College XI to a close of 129 leaving Richard Huish to get 121 in their second innings to win the game.
With it being the Cullompton School Prom later that day, the BCC youngster was given permission to leave his teammates at the tea interval on the second day and, when he departed, the home side were a troubled 17-3 with one session to play.
However, it did not all end well for the Exeter team as Richard Huish lost only three more wickets in thee final session and they got over the line to claim a four wicket win.
NB Young ‘Birls’ was told of the final result the following mid day when ‘recovering’ from a long night on the tiles at the after prom party – a night spent camping in a field near Tiverton!