1st XI Match Report
Away to Ottery St Mary
Axminsters first eleven took to the road for the second game of the season, but only had to travel to Ottery St Mary. With rain in the forecast and the previous couple of days been wet, most captains across the county would be hoping to win the toss and put their opposition into bat, and thankfully Axminster won the toss and did just that! Opening bowlers R.Prior and M.Pile once again proved to be a strong bowling partnership, and it wasn’t too long before Pile got his reward. An impressive 9 over spell from young Matthew saw him claim 4 wickets for 28 runs. R.Prior finished his spell with no wickets, which was unlucky after a catch was put down, but his spell still only went for 8 runs! Add this to last weeks 9 over spell and so far in 18 overs he has only gone for 15 runs claiming 3 wickets…impressive figures indeed!!! N.Taylor showed his wisdom through experience by claiming 3 wickets from his 9 overs, helped greatly by winter practise of a new variation of delivery…but we won’t give it away incase any opposition read the reports ; ) G.Larcombe and J. Seward claimed a wicket a piece and there was a sharp run out through M.Pile and T.Wakeley. Ottery were all out for 114, but this score given the conditions was not to be underestimated.
Openers G.Larcombe and J.Hurford took to the chase, and Gary soon raced the score along. Not to be outdone, Jon started to loosen the shoulders, but managed to pick out the tallest fielder on the pitch when trying a lofted drive over mid on…any other player wouldn’t have got near it! J.Seward joined Gary and both looked comfortable with conditions, but a shorter ball cramped Gary for space and he was caught for 38. Another quick wicket fell with T.Wakeley going for 0, and after a good start B.Garner got a shooter to remove his stumps. P.Miller claimed to be harshly given out LBW, which brought D.Murnane to the crease and between him and Joel, who was unbeaten on 30, they managed to steer Axmisnter to their second win. 18 points was the spoils for Axminster (due to wickets lost) with Ottery claiming 3. As it stands Axminster sit joint top with Bideford in the C division. Next weeks game see’s a slightly further away game to Yelverton, and everyone will be hoping the rain stays away!