Seaton maintain lead in C East

SEATON did enough in their rained-off game at Clyst Hydon to earn maximum batting points and stay clear of the field at the top of the C Division East.

Kevin Moran’s 48 off 50 balls – he hit 11 boundaries reaching it – was the top score for Seaton in a total of 218 for six.

Steve Pritchard (27) shared a stand of 83for the first wicket and there was a partnership worth 48 for the fourth between Joel Seward (31) and Sam Goodier (33).

Seward was not out having gone in at first wicket down and batting through to the close in the 41st over.

Dhanuja Haturusingha bowled seven overs for 12 runs for Clyst, who were denied a reply by more rain during the tea interval.

Unbeaten Seaton have a 12-point lead over second-placed Feniton, who lost a rain-affected derby date with Axminster by five wickets.

Opener Mark Salter (42) was the leading run getter for Feniton in their total of 142 all out.

After Salter was second out at 79, ending a partnership worth 53 with Sean Devine, Feniton struggled for runs.

While Matt Pile and Ben Fuzzard were keeping it tight with the ball for Axminster, Nick Taylor ran through the middle order on his way to a six-for-40 haul. Dave Field had two for 48.

Axminster were given a revised target of 100 to win in 32 overs after a break for rain and raced to victory with more than 11 overs to spare.

After Mike Wakley (27) and Pile (19) got Axminster up to 70 for one, there was a mini-wobble induced by Adam Ramcharran (3-17) as four wickets went reaching 84 for five.

Ben Fuzzard (14no) and Field (4no) made sure there were no more slip-ups.

Filleigh were on the wrong end of a 53-run scoreline at Countess Wear, where they lost their way chasing 183 to win.

Ian Ballinger (50) was third out and Mark Davey (66) went along until 159 for six in Countess Wear’s total of 182 for seven.

There were tidy nine-over spells by Kieron Jerrett (1-20), Ryan Bowden (1-23) and Gary Henry (1-22) – and three wickets for veteran Mike Prideaux (3-43).

Having done the hard bit keeping the run down, Filleigh couldn’t keep the case going.

Having been 87 for three the slipped to 97 for six, losing leading scorer James Campbell (35) along the way.

John Bendall (3-33) and Kam Singh (2-6() worked trough the bottom half of the order as Filleigh subsided to 129 all out.

Barnstaple & Pilton were rained off before halfway at Cullompton, who were an impressive 215 for four in the 40th over when the weather intervened.

Tafara Mupariwa (67) and James Blackmore (59) were the main run-scorers in Cully’s total. They put on 127 for the third wicket.

Paul Schiller took two for 30 before the rain set in. George McEndoo’s none for 11 from five overs stood out in the scorebook.

Brett Garner turned in a man-of-the-match performance as Kilmington defeated Uplyme & Lyme Regis by 29 runs.

Garner wasn’t the top scorer for Kilmington in a total of 262 for eight – Josh Short (60) and Dave Cook (51) were ahead of him there – but his 49 kept the board ticking over.

And it was Garner’s three-wicket haul in the later overs that stopped Uplyme’s run chase.

After Mark Brimicombe (34) and Tyler Wellman (44) got Uplyme to 129 for five in reply, Garner picked up two big wickets.

Wellman was the first, followed by the ever-dangerous Mark Batey for 28. Uplyme’s last pair Jack Lamb-Wilson and Neil Price saw out the final 10 overs to reach a total of 233 for nine.