15's ECB Cup Win at Exmouthby Vince Reddick
Monday 28th May saw us play Exmouth Under 15's in a hastily arranged ECB Cup match. Thanks to the early season bad weather, the DCB have only allowed a week between each round and fitting them in is proving difficult. With Exeter full we conceded home advantage and went to Exmouth on a sunny evening.
Despite the exams and revision restrictions, and with the help of the parents giving the boys 'a night off' we fielded a good side (although we only had 10) which always looked likely to be too strong for Exmouth.
Jamie Telford captained in place of the present, but not well Marcus, and won the toss and batted. Ben Green opened with Jake Reddick and Ben picked up where he left off on Sunday, when he scored a match winning 50 for Devon U14's.
Timing the ball strongly, Ben was the first to retire on 53 (from 24 balls and only 5 dots), having destroyed some very average Exmouth bowling hitting 1 six and 7 fours. With Jake retiring not too long afterwards on 50 (from 49), we already probably had enough runs. Harry Skinner hit his customery 6 on his way to 19, and a very well constructed 23 from Jamie saw us close on 152 for 3 from our 20 overs.
The biggest challenge for the boys was going to be staying focussed for long enough to take ten wickets. With Marcus, clearly unwell, 'hiding' on the boundary, Jamie was going to have his hands full keeping everyone in order. The ever reliable Dom Gaywood (2 for 21)and 'go to' opener James Vanstone (3 for 9) started well, and the pair claimed 5 wickets between them in their 8 overs. With Exmouth 21 for 5, the game was effectively over, but could the boys retain their discipline and finish the job?
Sam Boddington bowled 2 overs and took 1 for 3, but didn't want to bowl his other two. Ben Green bowled an assortment of pace and spin and claimed 1 for 11 from his four. Will Marsh bowled a good over, but had a back problem so Harry Skinner had a go. He took 1 for 4 from his 2 and Jake got 1 for 8 before Jamie finally finished the game off in 19th over, with Exmouth 66 all out.
We now have to host Sidmouth next Tuesday 6th June at the County Ground as we bid to go all the way to the finals this year. Tougher challenges will lye ahead, but I'm sure we will rise to those challenges.