Torquay headed to Creedy Park for a crucial relegation battle with just one player born when England were last in a CWC Final and Will Needs on debut. An interested spectator though was Vaughan “Jocker” Hosking a former Club Chairman now a resident in Spain.
Sandford won the toss and elected to bat. They got off to a good start with Neill Bettis and Ryan Glass until the combination of spinner Chris Kelmere and Tom Drake at square leg claiming three wickets. Drake juggled Glass (54) for the 2nd wicket without spilling anything! Top scorer for Sandford was Trevor Anning with 81 before he was beautifully cleaned up Sonny Baker – one of his three wickets. Another of his wickets evoked memories when he had Adam Small caught by Drake (his 4th catch). Dad’s Ian and Adrian had so many battles over the years – those of a certain age will never forget Ian coming out on top in the Glory Years of 1996 and 1997. Apart from Glass the only other major contributor was Sandy Allen with 48. Baker and Kelmere both finished for 3 for 38. Sandford were all out in 46.4 overs having scored 305 – it could have been more but for the catching practice they gave Torquay.
The run chase by Torquay got off to a disastrous start being reduced to 25 for 4 – Trevor Anning and Jamie Palmer wiping through the top order. Mitchell Pugh and Chris Kelmere attempted to repair the damage with 114 run 6th wicket partnership. When Pugh was out for 65, Neal Osborn came out to enjoy himself – his long levers enabled him to score a run a ball 31. Kelmere was finally last out for 80 – having to go for glory with only debutant Will Needs for company. (Earlier though, Needs certainly didn’t look out of place fielding and was certainly chirpy when fielding in front of the scorebox.) The best of Sandford bowlers was Palmer with 4 for 28 ably supported by the old war horse Anning with 3 for 20. Torquay were finally all out for 203 after 46.1 overs.
Sandford CC 1st XI 305 all out (46.4 overs)
T Anning 81
R Glass 54
S Allen 48
C Kelmere 3-38
S Baker 3-38
Torquay CC 1st XI 203 all out (46.1 overs)
C Kelmere 80
M Pugh 65
N Osborn 31
J Palmer 4-28
T Anning 3-20
Sandford CC 1st XI (20 pts) beat Torquay CC 1st XI (9 pts) by 102 runs.
Torquay hosted table toppers Plymstock CC 2nd XI with a patched up team (Matt McCann and Josh Hunt putting their injured shoulders on the line for the club) and Toby Roberts on debut.
Plymstock won the toss and decided to bat and amassing 275 for 6 in their 45 overs. Charles O’Higgins and Paul Birleson both scored 50s (57 and 50 respectively). Morgan Parkinson fell just short of a fifty on 49 and Jason Williams jnr also contributed with 30. The Baker household claimed 5 of the Plymstock wickets which fell – Ian with 3 for 58 and Blaise with 2 for 38.
In reply, with the exception of Josh Hunt who fell just one short of his fifty none of the established players troubled the scorers. Paul Birleson and George Barnicott jnr both claiming three wickets. The afternoon was lit up later though by debutant Toby Roberts (31) and Will Leighton (17 not out) who delayed the inevitable defeat for a significant time by putting over 60 runs on for the last wicket. Torquay were finally out for 177 in 40.2 overs.
Plymstock CC 2nd XI 275 for 6 (45 overs)
C O’Higgins 57
P Birleson 50
M Parkinson 49
J Williams snr 30
I Baker 3-58
B Baker 2-38
Torquay CC 2nd XI 177 all out (40.2 overs)
J Hunt 49
T Roberts 31
G Barnicott jnr 3-23
P Birleson 3-32
Plymstock CC 2nd XI (20 pts) beat Torquay CC 2nd XI (7 pts) by 98 runs
Player of the Day
For much of the day the award was heading towards Tom Drake for his four catches – fielders never get the credit they deserve. He will still win champagne moment of the day for not spilling Glass! However, it is going to be a joint award this week. The winners being Toby Roberts and Will Leighton for showing such resilience, both so young and one on debut, in holding up Plymstock’s charge to victory.