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T20 success after fine all-round bowling and fielding effort

by: stephenbirley

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Bradninch & Kentisbeare were five wicket winners when they met Exeter in a T20 contest played at Kensham Park.

In what was a terrific all-round display with both bowling and support fielding, Exeter who won the toss and opted to bat first, were restricted to a 20-over total of 139-7.

With 15 overs to go the visitors were in a very strong position with just three wickets down and 118 runs on the board – averaging eight-runs-per-over and so set for a 160 plus total.

However, overs 15-20 went for two, three, seven, five and four runs respectively and four more wickets were snared.

Ten different bowlers were used and the respective returns were: Nicholas Bayly (0-19 from two), Jonathan Triner (1-16 from two), Gary Chappell (2-6 from two), Theo Lamey (1-12 from three), Liam Reed (0-15 from two), Joshua Stewart (0-16 from one), Madawa Warnapura (0-15 from two), Ankit Badwal (0-19 from two), Joshua Farley (2-11 from two), Eliot Acton (1-9 from two).

Five catches were held with safe hands shown by Ross Lawson, Liam Reed, Josh Stewart, Josh Farley and Madawa Warnapura.

Josh Farley and Madawa Warnapura (Bandu) launched the run chase and the former rifled three fours in the first over.

Bandu then drilled two fours to the boundary in the second over, at the end of which the reply stood at 24-0. It became 29 without loss after three.

Just six runs were gleaned from over four, but a six and a four and three singles in the next meant, as the fifth over ended the score was 48 without loss.

Josh Farley launched the third ball of the next over into the field but was then dismissed by the sixth delivery of the over, caught by Jeremy Tojy off the bowling of Anand Unni, the opener out for a 22-ball 29.

Bandu was joined by Thoe Lamey and the seventh over began with the score on 58-1.

Seventeen runs were scored off the next over – Bandu hitting two of the balls to the boundary and over seven ended with the score on 75-1 with Bandu on 40 scored off just 18 balls (four fours and two sixes).

Bandu duly reached his half century with a four and a six off the first two balls of the ninth over and retired not out with a 20 ball 50 to his name.

Jon Triner took over but he was caught off the second ball he faced and this brought Eliot Acton to the wicket and, at the end of the eighth over it was 87-2.

Acton and Lamey scored singles off each ball of the ninth over, at the end of which the score was 93-2.

Acton fell to the first ball of the 10th over, caught by Ryan Paget off Sam Gore and out for a five-ball four.

South African Nic Bayly then joined Lamey for B&K to have two teenagers at the crease together. After the final ball of the 10th over had been delivered the reply stood at 98-3 meaning that just 42 more runs were required with 60 balls to be bowled.

Over 11 went for 13 runs and ten more came in over 12 as the winning line neared.

However, four balls into the 12th over Bayly fell, dismissed for an 11-ball 13, a second catch by Tojy, this time to give his skipper Billy Buckingham a wicket and, at the end of the 13th over B&K were 125-4 needing just 15 runs to seal victory.

Bobby Marsh was in at number seven and, at the end of the 14th over B&K were 132-4 with Marsh on three and Lamey on 24 (scored off just 21 balls).

Young March fell for a four-ball three, to the first ball of the 15th over, caught by Oliver Gribble off the bowling of Exeter skipper Buckingham.

Joshua Stewart was next man and he and he and Lamey saw the side safely over the winning line, a point reached at 140-5 four balls into over 16.

Lamey ended unbeaten on a run-a-ball 25 – hitting two fours and Stewart was not out three from four.

Sam Gore and Billy Buckingham each claimed a brace of wickets.

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