2's hurt by the weather!

by Richard Nelsey

Exeter 2nd XI's title chances took a slight dent as their game versus second from bottom, North Devon, was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.

The day started with Exeter top of the Devon 2nd XI Premier league by 11pts from usual title contenders Sidmouth and Bovey Tracey 21pts behind. Having been a very wet week and the forecast not looking promising for the day, things were against all cricketers in Devon! This rang true at the County Ground, as despite the best efforts of the groundsman, a lot of the rain had got under the side cover sheets and on the wicket covered by the main covers. With little prospect of the wicket drying and the rest of the square bringing up water when walked upon it left home Captain Richard Nelsey with little choice but to call North Devon and cancel the game.

News soon came through that Bovey Tracey's game was cancelled at Exmouth but Sidmouth were playing Cornwood at Fortfield and for some reason Cornwood had decided to bat after winning the toss! By the end of the day Sidmouth had achieved a 9 wicket win and the full 20pts to move 3pts clear of Exeter.

"It's a real shame that the weather has played a part in us losing our lead at the top of the table. We've played great cricket so far this year winning against Bovey and at Sidmouth and Plymouth" said the Exeter captain.

"We were only 16 runs short, with 8 wickets and 22 overs in hand, when the rain denied us a victory against Exmouth too, otherwise we would have won all our games.

"However, unfortunately, the weather is out of our control and whilst it is tough to accept being second having not lost or drawn a game, it is what it is and I think will only make the players more determined. We need to get through these next two weeks with two wins and then our season will be really influenced by games versus Bovey Tracey and Sidmouth in consecutive weeks."

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