Burns and Piper put Bradninch in strong position against Ivybridge

Tim Piper - shared a 180-run stand with Kian Burns

BRADNINCH kept the pressure on A Division top two Cornwood and Budleigh with a 60-run win over Ivybridge. 

Bradninch recovered from 20 for two to make 269 for nine thanks to a lively knock of 96 from Kian Burns.

Burns and Tim Piper (68) put on 180 for the third wicket then both went in the space of a few balls.

Will Squire kept the tempo up in the last three overs with 32 not out off 22 balls.

Kian Burns - denied a ton for Bradninch against Ivybridge | Gerry HuntIvybridge bowlers Josh Coker (3-34) and Jacob Kopparambil (1-37 off 10) gave little away, George Berry (4-60) got among the wickets in the latter stages.

Ivybridge were all out for 209 with more than for overs to go. They got behind the asking rate by half way, when they needed eight an over to win, and were approaching 10 an over with 15 to go and four wickets down.

Dinesh Raheja (63) and Dudo Zondo (39) put on 68 for the third wicket before halfway. Adam Huxtable (26) and Coker (20) both supported marathon man Raheja after drinks.

Wickets were shared between Ross Acton (3-37), Craig Penberthy (4-53) and Josh Farley (2-31).

With only 28 points between the top four of Cornwood (227pts), Budleigh (212), Bradninch (207) and Hatherleigh (199), who have games against each other during the run-in, a photo-finish is possible.

Eliot Acton, the Bradninch captain agreed and said: “We can make things an awful lot more comfortable with a win over Hatherleigh next.

“Budleigh and Hatherliegh both still have to play Cornwood as well as us and each other.”

On the win over Ivybridge, Acton said: “It was a good win but we will need to go up another level against Hatherleigh.

“We have a good record against Hatherleigh and I have every confidence in the boys.”

Losing captain Harry Solomon said: “Bradninch got 20-30 more runs than we would have liked. We just kept losing wickets at the wrong times in the chase.”