Cricket League washout
THE Francis Clark Devon Cricket League was savaged by the Saturday weather to such an extent that, of the 74 matches that should have been played across the 15 divisions.
THE Francis Clark Devon Cricket League was savaged by the Saturday weather to such an extent that, of the 74 matches that should have been played across the 15 divisions, play was possible in only seven and at no ground was a match played beyond the tea interval!In 1st XI cricket, of the 34 matches that should have been played there was action in just three, all in East Devon with 29 overs bowled at Yarcombe where Filleigh were the E Division visitors, 26 overs at Uplyme where a D Division match against Hatherleigh was on the menu and 23 overs at Upottery where Topsham St James were the opposition for an E Division game.Thomas Wyatt was the undoubted star of the show at Upottery where he scored an unbeaten 67 out of his side's 113-2 from 23 overs against Topsham St James in the E Division. Dave Woolacott was the other batsmen to make runs, hitting 27, whilst the visiting wickets were taken by St James' skipper Brian Bosomworth (1-47) and Dave Gambie (1-30).There was also a modicum of action at Yarcombe where the home side batted for 29 overs making their way to 127-4 before the elements took total charge. Tim Rich (36), Simon Durrant (28) and David Patch (22) were the main providers of runs for the home side whilst Gary Henry was the pick of the Filleigh bowlers, sending down seven accurate overs and returning the marvellous figures of 1-8. The other wickets were shared around between John Hickman (1-24), Joe Robinson (1-32) and Frazer James (1-54).There was also play in four of the day's 2nd XI matches, and again the fortunate few to see any action were in East Devon. Graham Watts top scored for Kilmington II as they had reached 102-7 when the rains forced the home side and visiting Feniton from the pitch. Francis Pyle had taken 3-26 at the early close.Seaton II skipper Ian Hunt and John Wheeler both hit half centuries as they led their side to an imposing 190-2 against Axminster IVs when the rains arrived to wash away any chance of a result. The skipper hit 56 while Wheeler struck 54 before retiring hurt and there was also a useful knock of 31 from Matthew Hancock.Steve Wakeley hit the top score in Axminster III's total of 89-7 when the weather intervened in the game against Woodbury II and the only other action of any sort across the League came in the game at Cloakham Lawn between Axminster II and Plymouth III in the 2nd XI A Division. James Dunsford had taken 3-74, claiming all but one of the visitors' four wickets to fall as they declared on 245-4, but, before they had the chance to get back out after tea, the weather set in and the game, like all the others on a miserable day for the sport, was abandoned.