Exeter 2nd XI vs Plympton

by Richard Nelsey

On a very hot day Exeter skipper, Richard Nelsey, called correctly and had no hesitation in batting first on what is always a difficult pitch to chase on. Openers, Sean Langford and Richard Croney, comfortably moved the score on to 26 before Langford was very harshly ruled to have nicked it to the keeper despite only one fielder appealing! Croney soon followed LBW. Debutant, James Edwards (who stood in at the last minute) and Graham White moved the score on 67 before Edwards was bowled for 20 trying to force a drive and then White was caught behind for 10 chasing a wide one. When Bulner, Legodi and Williamson all fell in fairly quick succession, Nelsey was left seven down with only 107 on the board, 16 overs left and a sense of deja vu from the away game at Sidmouth!!

Firstly assisted by, another late call up debutant, Jack O'Dowd (11), 27 was added for the 8th wicket before Peter Hensor (15) helped Nelsey add 45 and post a very competitive score of 180 when the 50 overs were up. The skipper was left unbeaten on 55 not out and very much in need of some water!

After tea, Exeter got off to a flier when Legodi had Plympton skipper Tremayne caught behind in the 3rd over with only 4 on the board. Hefford came to the wicket and took a liking to Hensor's bowling and the score raced to 31 after 5 overs. Following a maiden from Legodi, the introduction of Williamson forced Hefford into a fine nick behind to go for 16 and another three quick wickets fell (one for Legodi and two for Williamson who had figures of 3-0!) to leave Plympton reeling on 33 for 5. Williamson then picked up another two to finish with figures of 5-30 and it was left for Milne (3-15) to come on from the far end to finish off the tail with his slow left arm, including a fantastic high, swirling catch by Edwards to remove Hawker's cameo knock of 25 from 14 balls. This meant Exeter had managed to bowl Plympton out for 82, a win by 98 runs and another 19 points to keep them top of the 2nd XI Premier by 9pts.

"To come to Plympton and walk away with 19pts is a great achievement as this is never an easy place to come and get points." said Nelsey.

"They made us work for every run and at one point I was a little concerned we were going to have enough runs on the board. However, the partnership for the 8th wicket to get us to 180 and go in to tea on a real positive note proved crucial.

"Tshepo and Matt bowled great and stuck to our plans. To have a 9-1 field for Tshepo at one point proved how much control he is displaying at the moment. Steve is a great foil to the seam options we have at the moment and has really found his rhythm with 15 wickets in the first four games.

"It's still very early in the season and our batting really needs to improve but it shows that if you are able to bowl teams out then the results will follow. Exmouth are next up at home next week and there are batters with a point to prove as there is plenty of competition for places in the club at the moment which is hopefully a positive sign for the future."

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