Week 5 away vs Kingsbridge
Once again Axminster’s 1st XI took to the road, travelling down the A30 to Kingsbridge. Tipped by Wakeley as a team to watch out for this season, Axminster were expecting a challenging day, and with the sun out and temperatures up, batting first looked a very good option. Gary Larcombe had to call at the coin toss, and regretted going against her majesty, and Kingsbridge decided to bat first. Kingsbridge made a great start to their innings, been 45-0 off 9, but Robbie Prior made the breakthrough with a dubious half appeal for LBW which was given. Soon after he took the off stump of Kingsbridges captain, and wickets began falling regularly. Gary Larcombe came into the attack and claimed 2 wickets, but the spell of the match came from the in-form Nick Taylor. Bowling 9 overs he claimed 3 wickets, and had a hat trick opportunity, but only went for 11 runs off the whole spell!! Joel Seward showed his credentials with the ball to finish off Kingsbridge, he also claimed 3 wickets for 10 runs. Extras were the top scorer for Kingsbridge with 40, and this will be a huge area for improvement for the team in the coming weeks, and a few drop catches came about too, so a final score of 164 was very generous.
After a wonderful tea, Axminster took to the crease looking to make it 5 wins from 5. Gary Larcombe fell early to the ever green N.Peach, which brought Joel Seward to the action. Jon Hurford once again showed class and strength scoring 69, before his demise which left Joel and Brett Garner to score the final runs of the innings. Joel, once again, showed his maturity and development with the bat, and scored a brilliant 40 not out, with Brett also unbeaten on 18, hitting a 6 to finish the chase.
Axminster claimed all 20 points but lost their joint top league position after Bideford claimed 21 points through the new declaration rules.
This coming Saturday the two teams meet at Bideford’s Westward Ho ground.