The 1st XI travelled to The Maer to take on another fallen giant of the Devon Cricket League – Exmouth CC in a crunch relegation match. After a promising start sadly the match turned into a “mare.” (Evo’s friends from Taunton didn’t bring the luck they had when they watched at Fortfield.)
Exmouth won the toss and elected to bat. They were reduced to 61 for 5 thanks to an excellent spell of bowling from Mitchell Pugh who was well supported by Jordan Hoffman. Billy Rudolph back from uni for the weekend came in at no 6 and rebuilt the innings scoring an unbeaten 59 supported by Alexander Hammond and George Greenway (England CDA) who both scored 31. Mitchell Pugh finished with 4 for 47 off his 10 overs and Jordan Hoffman with 1 for 48 off 10 overs. Chris Kelmere despite his dodgy figure bowled late on and took 2 for 16. Unfortunately the wides and no balls ultimately extremely proved costly. Exmouth were all out for 211 in 41.5 overs – had it gone the full distance 18 runs would likely to have been applied for slow over rate though.
James Degg (who a few hours later was called up for Devon) and Elliot Moses opened the batting – unfortunately the former was cleaned up by Peter Turnbull cheaply. George Allen and Mitchell Pugh the run machines from last season both then fell cheaply – they are now averaging just 23.71 and 11.86 respectively this season. For once the old warhorse Tim Western didn’t steady the ship being run out for 16. Elliot Moses was 5th out with the score on 129 having scored 58. (Hopefully his maiden 50 for the club is a sign of things to come.) This left Tom Drake and Chris Kelmere to try and steer the ship home. Kelmere was run out for 11 while Drake finished undefeated on 44. Torquay were 188 all out with 7 balls left – 17 less bowling extras a crucial factor. Peter Turnbull with 2 for 19 and Billy Rudolph with 2 for 21 were the best of the Exmouth bowlers but mention must be made of David Lye a survivor of their glory years whose 10 overs also went for just 19 runs.
Exmouth CC 1st XI 211 all out (41.5 overs)
B Rudolph 59*
A Hammond 31
G Greenway 31
M Pugh 4-47
C Kelmere 2-16
Torquay CC 1st XI 183 all out (48.5 overs)
E Moses 58
T Drake 44*
P Turnbull 2-19
B Rudolph 2-21
Exmouth CC 1st XI (19 pts) beat Torquay CC 1st XI (8 pts) by 28 Runs
The 2nd XI hosted Tavistock CC 2nd XI - back in the 70s and 80s they played each other regularly before the 2nd XIs became independent of the 1st XIs. The match saw the return of Josh Hunt after his horrendous shoulder injury playing rugby which resulted in major surgery.
Torquay won the toss and decided to bat. Torquay struggled to 134 all out using just 37 overs. Ant Nadar top scored with 25. The Tavistock bowlers shared the wickets around with Burke the best 2 for 4 followed by stalwart Andy Gauler with 2 for 19.
Tavistock knocked the runs off for the loss of 6 wickets in 42 overs with Burke top scoring with 46 ably assisted by Marc Webber with 26no. Best of the Torquay bowlers was young Noah Rider with 3 for 28.
Torquay CC 2nd XI 134 all out (37 overs)
A Nadar 25
R Burke 2-4
A Gauler 2-19
Tavistock CC 2nd XI 136 for 6 (43 overs)
R Burke 46
M Webber 26*
N Rider 3-28
Tavistock CC 2nd XI (20 pts) beat Torquay CC 2nd XI (6 pts) by 4 wickets
Player of the Day
For his superb bowling coming down the hill at The Maer, returning figures of 10-1-47-4 – Mitchell Pugh.