Injury to skipper as Axminster are beaten by visiting Topsham St James

PUBLISHED: 16:04 16 May 2018

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Axminster skipper Paul Miller suffered a hamstring injury and had to retire hurt, but not before he had scored his second successive half-century of the new campaign in the home game against Topsham St James.

After being invited to bat, the Axe men lost opener Dylan Hurst in early exchanges, but Karl Hurst and skipper Miller built a solid partnership for Axminster. Hurst was out playing on, sent packing with 20 to his name and then Max Felgate fell to a catch behind.

Worse was to come for the home side; shortly after chalking up his half-century, skipper Miller, who the week before had hit an opening day century, pulled up with a hamstring injury and could take no further part in the game, his 57 coming off 56 deliveries with no fewer than 11 fours. When David Field was fourth man out, Axminster were 96-4.

Joe Elsworth came on and stroked the ball well around the field before he was out for 53 having faced 56 balls, during which time he rifled seven fours and cracked one huge six, helping Axminster to their closing total of 170-6. At tea, that home total was considered to be below par – it would have been far higher had Miller not picked up his injury and, in the post tea session,Topsham St James eased their way home, completing a six-wicket win inside 35 overs.

Max Felgate was the pick of the seven bowlers Axminster used, returning figures of 2-26, and there was a single wicket each for Dylan Hurst (1-26) and Alex Wraight (1-21).

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