Defeat leaves Minehead bottom

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MINEHEAD dropped to bottom of the league table after a rain-affected defeat away to fellow strugglers Chard on Saturday.

Made to bat first for the sixth game in a row on a wicket which offered more than a little assistance to the bowling side, they got off to a bad start when skipper Andrew Stevens was controversially adjudged LBW for just six.

That led to a flurry of early wickets which left them deep in trouble at 38-6, with Matt Sully and Charlie Tudball at the crease having the unenviable job of rescuing the innings. They added 55 to the total before Tudball was caught at mid-wicket for 26 and replaced by Jay Darrell.

Sully, undeterred by his partner’s departure, managed to find some rare timing as he launched three sixes onto the pavilion roof before being trapped in front for a splendid 56.

Darrell struck two sixes of his own but was stranded on 26 not out when the last Minehead wicket fell with the total on 166- a score which had earlier looked extremely unlikely.

In reply, Chard lost the early wicket of Johnson for 11 when he was cleverly caught and bowled by Ellis Taylor (1-23), but rain soon forced the players to leave the field with the score on 43.

Nearly two and a half hours had passed by the time the umpires deemed the pitch to be playable again, and the Duckworth/Lewis total had been reduced to 86 to win from a further 11 overs.

Minehead managed to claim a run-out and two further wickets off the bowling of Ian Buchanan (2-7), but with such a small target, Chard crossed the line with more than three overs to spare, hoisting themselves off the bottom of the table in the process.

Minehead now face mid-table Wembdon tomorrow (Saturday) knowing they need to improve dramatically if they are to avoid a relegation scrap.

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