Week 13 away to Plymouth civil service and roborough
Leavin the duty of the coin flip to vice captain Larcombe, Axminster were inserted on what looked a questionable wicket. This doubt was justified with a great deal of variable bounce, mostly from a good length picking up to chest height. A slow start due to conditions saw hurford and miller depart early doors, and a very poor run out decision against Seward meant Axminster didn’t get off to the best of starts. To make matters worse Garner went cheaply after edging behind leaving Larcombe in need of a partner. Captain and vice were now at the middle and the ship was steadied slightly. Larcombe (33) was bowled by Plymouths left arm spinner who made the most of the poor wicket conditions, and Prior and Pile soon fell as well both chipping it back to the bowler. Young keeper Bradley Cross joined Wakeley and the pair managed to see out the rest of the overs with a good wag of the tail. The last over was taken for 21 runs with some last minute hitting by Wakeley who finished run out on the last ball for 82.
Despite the rain starting to fall the umpires started the game with a run rate of 4.11 per over Plymouths CS target. Prior and Taylor pegged bak the runs and picked up early wickets which kept pressure on the home team. After the minimum of 20 overs to constitute a game Plymouth only had 66 runs and never managed to pick up the run rate. Tight bowling from everyone meant Plymouth were always under the cosh and eventually all bowled out for 158.
Results else where in the league went Axminsters way, and now the east Devon team only need 75 points in 5 games to secure promotion….but the next 3 weeks see them play 1st 3rd and 4th in the league.
Another 2 home games give Ax the advantage though and with the support received this year from the local town members, Ax will be hoping to give everyone a good show!