Sandford Cricket Club team remain top of the League

By Crediton Courier Newspaper in Cricket

IF Hatherleigh felt hard done by three weeks ago when their game against Brixham was rained off then the wheels were turned as Sandford fell foul to the weather.

The irony of the situation that day is that Hatherleigh was one of only two venues in the whole of Devon where the game reached a conclusion.

However the hosts took a massive beating at the hands of Budleigh Salterton and managed to pick up only two points and lose top spot to Sandford.

They lost again this weekend and so this coming Saturday’s game between the two top clubs should go a long way to deciding the champions.

Sandford will surely be out to avenge defeat suffered earlier in the season.

Chudleigh had amassed a total of 226 for nine before tea which probably could and should have been a lot less with a more disciplined bowling performance.

The only positives in the field were Brian Leach, who took three for 25 and three run outs.

Twenty-three wides is not the standard expected of a side pushing for promotion and once again after reducing their visitors to 143 for six Sandford let the later batsmen post a reasonable total.

Had the Chudleigh innings been completed earlier who knows how far Sandford could have got on the chase for a win. As it was the umpires went out to take their position after tea, the rain arrived and that was that.

Sandford did a demolition job on bottom side Brixham. They defeated their hosts by eight wickets and had a massive 19 overs to spare.

The top performers for the season once again stepped up to the plate.

There were four wickets for Pete Steer and this was followed up with an opening stand of 172 between Richard Foan (96) and Neil Bettiss (66).

SECOND ELEVEN

It really does look as though Premier League cricket is on its way back to Creedy Park next season.

The Second Eleven fixture against Abbotskerswell was called off by 11am two weeks ago but last week Sandford lost out to Bideford in a low scoring match.

Tom Gidney (35), Tom Williams (23) and Shaun Hawkins (20) were as good as it got as Sandford were bowled out for a disappointing 135.

Shaun Hawkins followed this up with three wickets and there were two apiece for Jason Matten and Harvey Blake as the visitors triumphed by two wickets.

Sandford are in a scrap now to hold on to one of the top four places in the league which is so important with the restructuring at the end of the season.

This weekend sees the Second Eleven entertain Ottery St Mary at Creedy Park on Saturday (August 12) in a game that they will be looking to win.

On Sunday the First Eleven entertain Filleigh in the North Devon League so why not make a visit on either day to sample the facilities on offer?

Mike Canning

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