Seaton consolidate at top of table

SEATON skipper Ben Morgan played down promotion talk after the Court Lane side beat Kilmington by 21 runs.

Joel Seward smacked 112 off 111 balls – 12 fours, two sixes – in Seaton’s total of 227 for eight.

The main stand was one of 108 for the third wicket with Morgan – he made 27 – for the third wicket.

Seward was seventh out on 192 – one of two scalps for his former Axminster team-mate Matt Rockett.

Glen Harding (2-34) and Tom Gooding (2-29) were also among the wickets.

Brett Garner (43) and Alex Rockett (37) – two more Axminster old boys – got Kilmington up to 179 for four and looking the likely winners.

Big strikes by Phil Collins (4-56) and Kesley Sutton (1-27) slowed Kilmington, but it wasn’t until Seward bowled Gooding (45) that Seaton could relax.

Kilmington lost their last four wickets for 12 runs on the way to 206 all out.

Seaton are six points clear of Feniton at the top of the table, where they have been for two rounds now.

Said Morgan: “Promotion is what we are after this season, but we can’t start talking about it after just two weeks on top.”

Seaton are away to Clyst Hydon on Saturday.

FULL-strength Countess Wear got back on track after their embarrassing defeat at Barnstaple & Pilton with a 47-run win at Axminster.

Wear – they had 11 rather than 10 this week – trotted along to 225 all out with skipper James Bogue leading the way with 72,

Bogue and Kav Dias (32) hoisted exactly 100 for the fourth wicket with John Bendall (34) and Ian Ballinger (12) notching a useful 43 for the ninth.

Nick Taylor led the bowling effort for Town with three for 22 while spinner Dave Field had three for 53. Matt Pile’s two for 38 knocked off the stragglers.

Axminster were all out for 178 in reply – and at one stage looked like getting nowhere near that many.

Kam Singh (3-19) had Town in all sorts of trouble, aided and abetted by Dias (2-41) as the home side slid to 70 for seven - Alan Ostler making 25.

Taylor (42) and Dan Murnane (41) added 91 for the eighth wicket, which earned Town three batting bonus points before they were all out for 178 in the 41st over.

Wear are at home to Filleigh this Saturday, Axminster have a derby date down the road at Feniton.

CULLOMPTON remain third in the C Division East thanks to a 177-run derby demolition job on Clyst Hydon.

Tarafa Mupariwa (70) and Brendon Parr (36) were responsible for 95 runs in a third wicket stand that helped Cully reach 322 all out.

Clinton Lewis (3-62) slowed things briefly, but Mupariwa kept going and added another 50 with skipper James Blackmore.

Blackmore (75) then turned the screw tighter by putting on 55 for the eighth wicket with Jake Dines (22).

James Billington (3-43) was the best performing of the Hydon bowlers.

Hydon lost opener and captain Ian Sutton in the second over to Dines, but made a dent in the deficit as Gwilym Davies (69) and Richard Arnold (23) got going.

When Arnold fell to Lee Nessling (3-37) Hydon went into a gradual decline.

Davies kept going, but no one made much of a contribution as wickets tumbled to Parr (2-17) and Adrian Pullin (2-22).

Davies was ninth out on 125, leaving last man Chris Holmes (17no) to swish four fours before time ran out.

Cully are at home to Barnstaple on Saturday. Clyst Hydon host leaders Seaton.

FILLEIGH came a cropper against Uplyme, who bowled them out for 95 to win by 68 runs.

Uplyme’s total of 163 all out was constructed round a stand of 68 for the third wicket between Laurie Thomas (29) and Mark Batey (38).

Tyler Wellman made 22 and Nick Dinnison marshalled the bottom half of the order on his way to 41 before he was ninth out having seen 61 runs added.

Kieron Jerrett (2-17) was marginally the pick of Filleigh’s bowlers.

Filleigh lost opener Harley Ashdown in the first over to Dinnison (4-26) and were 11 for four after an early going over from him and Rhys Davies.

Simon Prideuax (24) and James Marsh (26no) delayed the inevitable, but with Mike van den Berg bagging three for 18 it was all over in the 29th over.

FENITON stayed second behind early leaders Seaton following a narrow 18-run win over visiting Barnstaple & Pilton,

Feniton’s total of 189 for seven was anchored by Canadian Adam Ramcharran with 58 not out.

After Mark Kingdon was dismissed for 36 – the first of two scalps for Steve Moore (2-26), Ramcharran batted through to the close. Alex Frankpitt (18) and Charlie Selley (14) offered useful support.

Jack Moore – son of Steve – bowled impressively for figures of two for seven from five overs.

Barnstaple & Pilton will still be wondering how they lost the game after getting into a winning position.

They were 152 for four thanks to the efforts of Tom Popham (55), Brady Saunders (22) and Lee Cole (23), then it all went pear-shaped.

Jon French (3-24) came back for a second spell and caused panic. Charlie Selly (3-29) got in on the act and six wickets went for 19 runs as B&P collapsed to 171 all out in the last over.