Week 3 match report – 18/5/13

Away to Yelverton

Axminster 1st’s once again took to the road this week, but this time had to travel 78 miles to Yelverton…and with the Devon county show on near Exeter, traffic was the first problem of the day. Having arrived before the majority of the team, T.Wakeley lost the toss and Yelverton asked Axminster to bat first. The second problem of the day soon occurred when opening batsmen J.Hurford was unable to “pad up” in time for the start, as his kit was currently in another car which was still trying to find the ground. D.Murnane and G.Larcombe walked out together and started building a platform for the rest of the team to contribute around.  D.Murnane stuck around until he tried to work one around his pads, only to be given out LBW, which brought J.Hurford to the crease, who was bursting at the seam to get out on the wicket. It soon became apparent why! With G.Larcombe on 46 when Jonny was on 10, the team started placing bets on the race to 50.  Hurford quickly got into his stride, and with Gary on 49, Jon passed him to reach his half century.  Gary was out soon after on 49, which brought Brett Garner into the attack. Some tidy spin bowling had restricted the scoring throughout the innings but Brett freed his arms and the two quickly started scoring, until Mr Hurford (55) worked a long hop to square leg.  T.Wakeley joined Brett, and the two put on 75 in only 7 overs. Tristan (26) fell with one ball remaining but Brett was not out with an exceptional 67. Axminster finished their innings having scored 225-4.

When Yelverton came out conditions seemed perfect for batting, but Nick Taylor and Matt Pile soon got the breakthrough with an LBW apiece, and Nick was robbed of the key wicket of S.Luffman, after he was dropped at long off.  G.Larcombe took up one end and bowled straight through his 9 overs returning with figures of 2-31. T.Wakeley took Nicks end with the ball still in good condition, and after a shaky first over, soon had Luffman (37) caught behind. Tristan took another 4 wickets after this to record his first 1st team league 5fer, and with a run out (again by M.Pile) Yelverton were all out for 117. Ax claimed another 20 point haul with Yelverton taking 3.

Bideford also claimed another win, so after three weeks the only thing that separates Axminster and Bideford at the top of the table is Bideford’s slightly higher batting points total.

This Saturday see’s Axminster facing Plymouth Civil service at Cloakham who sit 5th in the league, whilst Bideford clash with Kingsbridge. Ax, Bideford and Kingsbridge have all recorded 3 wins on the bounce so a gap can open up for Axminster if they can claim a positive result.

As always the club and bar will be open to all and we encourage everyone to come down to watch and support your town’s cricket team!