Braunton skipper's tactics are spot on

Joseph Bulmer

BRAUNTON captain Jon Baglow went against convention in the Devon League by opting to bat first after winning the toss – and must have wondered if it was the right decision as the Kelseymen scraped up 171 for nine in 50 overs. Mark Lathwell made 43 and Ian

BRAUNTON captain Jon Baglow went against convention in the Devon League by opting to bat first after winning the toss - and must have wondered if it was the right decision as the Kelseymen scraped up 171 for nine in 50 overs. Mark Lathwell made 43 and Ian Roberts 30.

When Plympton were 95 for seven in reply it looked a pretty good shout by Baglow, whose decision was proved right at the visitors were hustled out for 139.

Said Baglow: "It was a good day for batting, we haven't done that well chasing so I thought let's stick a total on the table and set them a challenge. It worked."

Alex Trevarthen kept going to the bitter end - he was last man out for 55 when Lathwell had him caught on the extra-cover boundary - but there were too many single-digit scores in the Plympton card to win the game.

There was a bad start when opener Andy Walter gloved a delivery from Baglow to keeper Ian Roberts with the score on two.

Lewis Gregory missed out - lbw to Ben Reicstein for three - and Dan Robotham fell to Baglow in a running total of 16 for three.

David Wrench - second top scorer with 24 - seemed to be making headway when he was caught behind off Andy Paddison (4-34).

When Duncan Hefford was run out by Jon Higgs' throw it was down to Trevrathen to marshal the bottom half of the order. He did his bit but it was a big ask from 62 for five t reach 172 to win.

Braunton's total was build around some solid partnerships involving Lathwell (43) and the top of the order and Ian Roberts (30) in the middle.

Lathwell was caught behind off Keith Donohue, whose three for 38 from 15 overs of spin was one of Plympton's view highlights. Skipper Arwyn Jones had four for 33 from an identical spell.

Jones had patient opener Barney Huxtable caught at slip to end an opening stand of 51 with Lathwell.

Roberts looked good for a few more than 30 when his eyes lit up a the arrival of a long-hop from Sarmad Anwar, which he promptly bashed to Hefford at mid-wicket.

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