A visit to “fortress” Fortfield with a weakened side and the doom-mongers were predicting an afternoon chasing leather – Chris Kelmere’s gut feeling was otherwise though.
Sidmouth won the toss and elected to bat. Opening the batting was ex-Somerset pro Alex Barrow and former Devon captain Josh Bess who put on 63 before the latter was caught and bowled by Jordan Hoffman. After that no one really got going. Best of the Torquay was Elliot Moses with 4 for 51 but the highlight was Sonny Baker sending Alex Barrow’s stumps cartwheeling when in slight of his century. Barrow was 7th out having scored 97. Sidmouth failed to see their overs out and were all out for 204 after 40.3 overs – a very gettable total with sensible batting.
James Degg and Elliot Moses opened the batting for Torquay and reached 85 before Moses was out for 31. Everything was going smoothly until a collapse from 134 for 3 to 140 for 5 considering the lack of experience in the tail. George Allen dropped anchor which allowed Chris Kelmere to come in and play his natural game. An unbeaten 6th wicket partnership of 68 between saw Torquay over the line – Kelmere finishing it off with a 4 to end up with a run a ball 50. The best of Sidmouth’s bowlers was Matt Cooke with 2 for 27.
Sidmouth 204 all out (40.3 overs)
A Barrow 97
J Bess 28
E Moses 4-51
Torquay 208 for 5 (45.2 overs)
J Degg 64
C Kelmere 50*
G Allen 34*
E Moses 31
M Cooke 2-27
Torquay (20 pts) beat Sidmouth (6 pts) by 5 wickets
Torquay entertained their local “rivals” Barton who had three players from their glory years in their side.
Torquay won the toss and asked Barton to have a bat. Two early wickets by Ant Nadar on his seasonable debut including Andy Pugh (on his return after a ban) and the retirement of Martin Powell gave some early encouragement. However, Adrian Lipton and Tom Porter changed that with a massive 3rd wicket partnership of 160 runs. Lipton was then supported by Aaron Hearn for the 4th wicket partnership – putting on 49 runs. Lipton went onto score an unbeaten 103. The best of the Torquay bowling with 3 late wickets for 38 runs was Ian Baker. (Steve Short the returning hero from Cricketfield Road 1997 had 0 for 23 off 4 overs.) Barton finished on 251 for 7 in 45 overs.
Alarm bells rang at tea when according to Play Cricket, Torquay had conceded the match. Fortunately it was a false alarm – our multi-tasking scorer / umpire hit the wrong button. This demonstrates the need for more people to take up officiating – training can be provided (see Evo for more information).
Torquay actually made a brave attempt at the run chase considering being hamstrung by their lack of depth – a commonly held belief. No one really got going though and extras top scored with 45 – Ant Nadar did score 31 and Steve Short 27. Torquay were all out in 40 overs for 167. Ben Lipton was the best of the Barton bowlers ripping out the lower order with 6 for 15, ably supported by Gary Spencer with 3 for 34. It was certainly a match to remember for the Lipton family.
Barton 2nd XI 251 for 7 (45 overs)
A Lipton 103*
T Porter 67
I Baker 3-38
A Nadar 2-42
Torquay 2nd XI 167 all out (40 overs)
A Nadar 31
S Short 27
B Lipton 6-15
G Spencer 3-34
Barton 2nd XI (20 pts) beat Torquay 2nd XI (7 pts) by 84 runs
Player of the Day
Using our chairman’s favourite expletive when bowling a wide “Jesus Christ!” It is certainly a hard one this week to decide. Elliot Moses did take wickets and score runs. However, Player of the Day goes to Chris Kelmere who scoring a run a ball fifty with the pressure of knowing there was little batting to come.