Our talented Under 13’s continued their progress in the ECB National Cup with a comfortable home win over Charlton Kings U13’s from Cheltenham. Exeter skipper Jamie Telford lost the toss and was invited to bat by the visitors. Despite the overnight and morning rain, the wicket was as dry as a bone thanks to the covers being on. Exeter made their customary positive start in pursuit of a total of 140, which Coach Vince Reddick felt would be enough for victory. Openers Jamie Telford and Paddy Poustie had rattled the score along to 34 before Telford (13) was bowled in the third over. Exeter continued the domination of the Kings’s bowlers as first Poustie, and then Matt Marsh reach the retirement score of 30. Exeter had 75 on the board after 10 overs, and with wickets in hand 140 looked on. The visitors tightened things up towards the end and Exeter finished on 126 for 3. Reddick was happy enough, and new that if the bowlers did their job and the fielding was tight, Exeter would win.
Charlton Kings made a steady start, helped by some early wides as the bowlers struggled a bit with a wet ball after a brief shower. As the sun appeared briefly, Exeter skipper bought Under 11 Rob Dunn and Under 12 Harry Molins into the attack. Both kept it straight and accurate with Dunn claiming 2 for 9 in his 3 overs and Molins 2 for 21 from 4. As King’s fell further behind the rate, the inevitable chance of stumpings or run outs occurred, and Paddy Poustie secured the man-of-the-match award by adding 3 stumpings to his 31 not out. Fergus Vinnels also affected a brilliant run out with an accurate throw from the deep. Only a gutsy 25 from E Cutler and 17 from Ollie Pearce put up any resistance as Exeter skipper Telford (3/14) and Ben Howkins (1/22) bowled 7 overs between them claiming 4 wickets. This saw the visitors reduced to 99, all out, completing a 27 run victory and seeing Exeter progress to the regional finals at Weston-Super-Mare on Tuesday 26th July. Coach Reddick said “all the team played their part today, they worked hard and supported each other. Yes, there were some good individual performances, but the spirit within the group was excellent, and Jamie Telford showed what a great skipper he is with some cool and calculated decisions at the right times.”