Sandford First Eleven well placed to make push for promotion

By Crediton Courier Newspaper   |   Editorial   |
Friday 14th July 2017 6:19 am
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Richard Foan continues good form for Sandford having scored more than 500 runs for the season.

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AFTER two convincing wins against Plymstock and Cornwood Sandford Cricket Club’s First Eleven find themselves 32 points ahead of third placed Budleigh Salterton and well-placed to make a push for promotion to the Premier League.

Richard Foan and Neil Bettiss continue their run of good form with Richard having scored more than 500 runs for the season and Neil not far behind on 467.

Both are averaging over 50 and against Plymstock Richard top scored with 106 only for Neil to top score against Cornwood with an unbeaten knock of 86.

In the Plymstock game there were three wickets apiece for Jamie Palmer and Pete Steer and against Cornwood Richard Foan weighed in with three.

There is a three-way battle to be leading wicket taker at the moment with Pete Steer on 15 followed by Jamie Palmer and Richard Foan on 13.

Sandford successfully chased down 201 losing only two wickets against Plymstock and against Cornwood defended a total of 222 eventually winning by a margin of 39 runs.

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The Second Eleven are having a mid-season wobble having lost three of their last four games and dropping to fourth in the league.

Availability issues are hitting the side hard with the probability that there was a stronger 11 not playing last Saturday than actually appeared on the field of play.

Only three batsmen have managed to score over 100 runs for the season and two of those weren’t playing last weekend.

Against Plymstock six wickets went down for 35 runs and against Paignton seven wickets went for 44 runs showing that the batsmen need to show more discipline when at the crease.

If it hadn’t been for a splendid 100 from Tom Williams the game against leaders Paignton would have been over much earlier.

Shaun Hawkins took four wickets against Plymstock but an incredible 43 extras against Paignton showed that a much greater degree of accuracy is needed when bowling.

This Saturday (July 15) sees the Second Eleven travel to lowly Braunton with a chance to get the season back on the right track.

This weekend also sees the First Eleven entertain Budleigh Salterton at Creedy Park so why not make a visit and enjoy the facilities on offer.

Mike Canning

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