Seaton blown away by Sri Lankan pace man

Seaton skipper Ben Morgan was very honest after his teams humbling at Clyst Hydon.

Morgan said: “To be honest I can’t put my finger on what went wrong other than we have a young side and their Sri Lankan pace man was quicker than most of the lads have faced before, his eight wicket haul testament to how difficult we found life against him!”

Seaton were not helped by the fact that they were forced to start the game with only nine players owing to wicket keeper Matt Hancock and opening bowler Ben Libby getting lost en route to the Mid Devon village!

When the pair finally arrived Libby claimed the best of the visiting bowling figures with 3-81 whilst Hancock took over behind the stumps from stand-in glovesman Andy Carter.

The home side’s imposing 273-9 looked a tough task for Seaton and, when Morgan saw the villagers Sri Lankan warming up in the net he feared the worst! His fears were realised in full as the Sri Lankan quickie tore into the visiting line-up, claiming all but two of the wickets as the reply floundered on just 42, leaving Seaton beaten by a whopping 231 runs.

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Seaton II had a much better day than their senior counterparts as they recorded a 42 run win over Cullompton II. Chris Aplin (41) and Toby Tucker (39) led their side to 186. Opener Stuart Wight hit an invaluable 13 as he held an end up whilst early wickets fell, leaving Seaton, at one stage, a perilous 32-3. Tucker then claimed 3-36 whilst Aplin bagged a brace and 14-year old James Thomas took 2-32 as the Mid Devon visitors were bowled out for 144.

On Saturday Seaton travel to Stoke Gabriel for a C Division game, whilst the Seaton II’s entertain Kilmington.

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