2nd XI vs Tavistockby Richard Nelsey
On a nice sunny day at the County Ground the coin again came down correctly for the Exeter Captain but for once was unsure of whether to bat or bowl first. However, after bowling out Bovey and Sidmouth for 89 and 136 respectively, thought it best to have a bowl and see if an early finish was possible. However, the pitch looked good with the potential for a bit of spin.
Exeter struggled to get an early break through but the bowlers hit their areas with regularity, offering little width or “4” balls. The tandem left arm pairing of Jack Richardson (13 runs from 6 overs) and Tshepo Legodi (15 runs from 7 overs) were tough to get away but 14 year old Ben Green proved even more difficult to score from with figures of 6-2-9-0. If it hadn’t been for some uncharacteristic poor catching from Exeter, Ben would have been in the wickets. The introduction of Steve Milne proved to be the turning point (no pun intended!) getting the first breakthrough when the score was on 42, however this was in the 20th over! Milne picked up Chalk (34), who was easily the pick of the Tavistock batters, in the 24th over and Sam Boddington, on debut, had one over before drinks and took a wicket with his 2nd ball! The pressure was on at drinks with Tavistock on 60 for 3 on what was a 200+ deck.
Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals after the drinks break with Milne and Boddington working well together to keep the pressure on the Tavistock batsman. Sam finished with superb figures of 3-29 from his 6 overs. Legodi came back to take the 9th wicket and when Milne had the last man caught by Green at mid-on, Tavistock were all out for 106 and Milne had personal best figures of 11.2-1-37-6 and as it was 3.28pm, meant that Exeter had 40mins to bat until tea.
After facing the same situation versus Bovey in the first game of the season and losing three wickets before tea, Captain Richard Nelsey hoped for better. Unfortunately Exeter soon lost both openers and their #3, the ball before tea, to stand 34-3 at tea. After tea, Nelsey and Australian Dion Bulner played the patient game of picking off the bad balls, keeping out the good ones and trying to get the odd single. They managed to add 40 together before the introduction of Willets saw first Bulner (15) then Nelsey (24) dismissed in consecutive overs add Exeter were then 84-6. Legodi stepped up to make a quick 24 but missed a full toss to leave Green to get Exeter over the line 7 down.
“We once again showed what a good bowling unit we have on offer at the moment and strength in depth with two changes from last weeks line up. Both Ben and Sam showed that we have a promising future as at 14 and 15 years old do not look out of depth at this standard of cricket” said Nelsey.
“However, we do still need to work hard on our batting and value our wickets more as we’ve too often given our wickets away in these first few weeks.
“With the goals that we have for the 2012 season we need to improve as next week is a very difficult trip to Plympton who have had a good start to the season and is a always a tough place to go and take big points.”