Disaster struck before the toss when Mitch Pugh damaged his ankle – oh the perils of pre-match football. Although impeded, Mitch was fortunately able to raise up like Lazarus and play.
Torquay won the toss and elected to bat. With the exception of Chris Kelmere on his return to Queens Park all the top 5 batsmen got starts but none got past 50. The nearest being George Allen on 44. The tidiest of Paignton’s bowlers where Anthony Alleyne and Connor Ashworth going at 2 ½ runs an over while George Benton was the most destructive with 4 for 51
There was certainly a first during Torquay’s innings. In thirty years, Evo had never had to stop play to resolve a scoring issue. Paignton’s scorer was simply not capable of scoring online. Evo spent the entire tea interval sorting it out so was grateful to the players who plated up tea for him. To say Evo had a torrid afternoon was an understatement – never did he need a bottle or two of Carlsberg Export after a match more!
The experiment of opening with spin unfortunately back fired which meant Paignton were always ahead in the run chase – Anthony Alleyne top scoring with 42. The chase though was made much more interesting thanks to our youngsters with the control and temperament shown by Harry Passenger with 3 for 49 and the pace of Sonny Baker with 3 for 32.
Although Paignton won with 19 overs to spare there was certainly positives to take the match not least our young bowlers.
Torquay 196 for 8 (50 overs)
G Allen 44
T Drake 30*
E Moses 30
G Benton 4-51
Paignton 198 for 7 (31 overs)
A Alleyne 42
G Benton 32*
S Baker 3-32
H Passenger 3-49
Paignton (18 pts) beat Torquay (6 pts) by 3 wickets
Bovey Tracey 3rd XI won the toss and elected to bat. They got off to a good start but once their openers Richard Wyatt-Haines (21) and Joseph Forey (44) there were no significant contributions with the bat. The star of the show with the ball for Torquay was Ben Passenger with 5 for 26, ably supported by the Baker household (Ian and Blaise claiming 2 wickets each).
Ben Kay destroyed Torquay’s top order with 7 for 31. Ben Passenger coming in at no 7 and scoring 34 and Noah Rider coming in at no 9 and scoring 21 gave Torquay hope. It was left though to the Baker household to try and get Torquay over the line. Blaise Baker was solid in defence (1* off 15 balls) leaving dad Ian trying to hit out and try and get Torquay over the line. With just 5 runs needed though he was caught on the boundary.
Just like the first team, there were positives to take in defeat especially the blending of youth and experience.
Bovey Tracey 3rd XI 142 all out (32.2 overs)
J Forey 44
R Wyatt-Haines 21
B Passenger 5-26
Torquay 2nd XI 137 all out (34.1 overs)
B Passenger 34
N Rider 21
B Kay 7-34
Bovey Tracey 3rd XI (18 pts) beat Torquay 2nd XI (8 pts) by 5 runs
Player of the Day
So not to be out done by his son who won it in week 1. This week’s winner is Ben Passenger taking 5 for 26 and scoring 34.