North Devon start new season in style against Seaton
- Credit: Matt Smart
North Devon got their A Division season away to a flying start with an 88-run win over Seaton on the Instow ground.
Captain Tom Popham wants to regain the Premier Division place the 1st XI lost in 2019 and the magnitude of this win suggests the team are right behind him.
Opener Dan Bowser was quickly into the groove with 90 off 87 balls and the opening stand of 150 with Ben Howe (55) had Seaton struggling to contain North Devon.
Although Howe and Bowser went in the space of seven runs to spinner Raul East (2-58), Jack Moore (40) and skipper Popham (48) added another 80 for the third wicket.
There were a couple of successes with the ball for Seaton captain Ben Morgan (2-68), but Jack Popham’s rapid 31 not out at the end took North Devon to an impressive 300 for six in 50 overs.
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Seaton were not far behind the asking rate at the 10-over mark – they were 47 without loss – but got bogged down against Fred King (1-18) and George McEndoo (1-24).
A target of 135 from the final 10 overs with six wickets standing was too much of a task for Seaton, who only got as far as 212 for seven before time ran out.
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Josh Cann (43) and Joel Seward (55) made early runs for Seaton with Damian Baxter (24) and Daley Holmes chipping in lower down.
North Devon may have dropped a couple of bowling points, but skipper Popham could live with that.
“It was a good start to the season against a dangerous side that has some very good players,” said Popham.
“Bowser and Howe set up the perfect platform for the rest of the order to play with more freedom and get us up to 300, which was a great effort considering our lack of pre-season.
“Our spinners bowled really well to control the run rate and the seamers bowled without a bit of luck. They will improve even more with overs under their belt.”
North Devon are away to Plympton this Saturday.