Sunday XI vs Ivybridgeby Pat Steward
Exeter, having to choose to bat first, got off to a flying start reaching 95 for 0 from 15 overs with openers Cam Grainger (47) and Rich Nelsey (38) punishing anything loose. When Nelsey fell in the 16th over things began to slow down with the introduction of Ivybridge's slower bowlers. Being 106 at halfway (20 overs) Exeter could still have put a big total on the board. Instead the handbrake was applied by Ivybridge's versus of Murali and Exeter were all out for 163, with 7 men out caught. Only big man Matt Williamson (20n.o.) made batting looking anything other than a little rusty outside the top two!!!
Exeter's strong bowling line up made a good start, with Drew Smith (1 for 13 from 8) and Alex Bate (1 for 29 from 8) hitting good lines and lengths on their first outing on English soil. Ivybridge were 26 for 2 from 10 but Williamson and Dave "Raptor" Richardson struggled early in their spells, with the latter giving away 13 wides. at 89 for 4 off 20 overs the game was in the balance. Callum Still (3 for 39 from 7) tried to turn the game in Exeter's favour, but there were not enough runs on the board to defend in the end.
Ivybridge won in the last over. Exeter were the better on paper but failed to turn theory in to practice.
Well done to Ivybridge on a deserved win and hosting a good game.