Tail-enders see Bovey Tracey to one-wicket win over table-topping Seaton
BOVEY Tracey’s never-say-die attitude earned them a one-wicket win over B Division leaders Seaton.
Seaton’s all-out total of 171 bordered on the modest during the tea interval, but started to look imposing once Bovey declined from 110 for four to 127 for eight.
Middle-order batter Bradley Causey was still there though and nursed the tail-enders over the line to give Bovey victory with five balls to spare.
Jeremy Christophers, the Bovey Tracey captain, said the result was not a fluke as the side bats a long way down.
“We have won five in a row now and two of them have been down to the depth of our batting, “ said Christophers.
“Our win over Brixham a couple of weeks ago was down to our last three wickets putting on 98 – that’s the sort of depth we have.
“We are doing well at the moment, which is great to see after we lost our first four games.
“It is so close in the top half of the table everything is up for grabs, but we don’t intend getting ahead of ourselves. We just want to keep enjoying our cricket.”
Matt Hewer (26) and Ryan Daye (31) opened up for Seaton. Freddie Ford (2-26) bowled both of them.
Joel Seward (24) and Daley Holmes (20) had the only other scores of note. Wickets were shared with Derek Perry (3-29) the lone bowler with more than two.
Bovey got to 110 for four thanks to bits and pieces and 36 from under-16 player Sam Russell. Ben Morgan (4-23) and Joe Berry (3-28) made life hard for the home side.
Causey (18no) and Ollie Clifford-Bourne (20) made a Bovey win possible with a partnership of 25. Last man Peter Lucketti kept an end up to wipe off the last 20 required.
Seaton are still top of the table for another week and skipper Ben Morgan was relaxed about the defeat by Bovey.
“All the other results seemed to go in our favour,” said Morgan, who is playing the long game this season.
“At the end of the day we play every game to win and we will see where we are at the end of the season.
“We lost a good game of cricket against a good team. We didn't score enough runs but came very close.”