After a disappointing start to the campaign, the 1st XI travelled away to Seaton in search of their first league win of 2021. A few changes to the line up, some forced and some not, meant a competitive side took the field.
Abbots batted first and got off to a shaky start, with Sam Carpenter unusually going early. The skipper, Nick Watkin came in third and also, unusually, was dismissed early leaving Abbots up against it at 39-2.
What Abbots needed was a good partnership to give the bowlers a target to bowl at, and next in was Chathura Peiris to join Eddie Smout-Cooper at the crease. These two managed to battle away and score regularly to put on a partnership of 140 for the 3rd wicket, when Ed was dismissed for 63 and Abbots on 179-3.
Chats continued his onslaught whilst his partners came and went, chasing quick runs to push the total up. He eventually scored his maiden ton for Abbots before finally falling for 115 (13 x 4’s, 5 x 6’s 101 balls) with the total on 219-5.
A late flurry of runs and wickets left the Abbots innings closed on 255-9 off their 50 overs. A good, defendable total.
Then came the rain, shaving 6 overs off the Seaton reply and leaving them a chase of 242 off 44 overs.
Some excellent and economical early bowling brought results with Chats removing one of the openers cheaply, but more importantly, slowing the run chase.
Despite not taking wickets regularly, Abbots managed to make it difficult for Seaton to score, with Charlie Smout-Cooper being the pick of the bowlers (9-2-38-2) and a wicket each for Jay Hussain, Chats and Alex Birt.
In the end, despite a late rally, Seaton fell short ending on 226-6 off their allotted 44 overs.
An excellent first win for Abbots in the League, and hopefully the springboard for many more in the coming weeks!
Abbots 146-10, Ipplepen 149-5