Wow – who can ever say cricket is boring! A run feast at the Rec watched by England international, Craig Overton.
Torquay won the toss and elected to bat. They got off to an excellent start with James Degg and Elliot Moses who put on 62 for the 1st wicket before Degg was out. Skipper George Allen didn’t trouble the scorers – enter Mitchell Pugh. Pugh hadn’t been able to buy a run all season but what followed just shows form is temporary class is permanent. At the end of the 50 overs, Pugh was still their undefeated on 157 on which 102 was in 4s and 6s. Pugh was initially ably supported firstly by Moses (143 for the 3rd wicket) who scored 76 and then by Tom Drake with 30. The best of the North Devon bowlers was Jack Popham with 2 for 37.
Dan Bowser got North Devon’s reply off to an explosive start. He was first out with the score on 43 having scored 36 of them. Tom Popham fell cheaply which bought Ben Howe and Adrian Isherwood together. Things got rather spicy when Mitchell Pugh attempted to run out Isherwood but in the process accidentally hit him – both captains got summonsed to cool things down. Howe fell just short of his 50 with the score on 174. Isherwood eventually 5th out for 104 after a fantastic catch by sub Neal Osborn – catches win matches! When Josh King was bowled by “spinner” Pugh for 23 the score was 268 for 8, one would have thought it was game over. Jaz Kalsi had other ideas. Going into the last over supported by Rob Ayre (a survivor from Evo’s first season with the 1st XI), 20 runs were required with Kalsi on strike. Elliot Moses bowled the last over and it went, 4 – 4 – 2 – 6 – wicket. Moses had bowled Kalsi for 73. The best of the Torquay bowlers was James Degg with 3 for 38 and Pugh with 3 for 54. A crucial win by 3 runs for Torquay.
The match will always be remembered for Mitchell Pugh’s performance and ironically it was round 9 last season he single-handedly destroyed Cornwood.
Torquay CC 1st XI 327 for 5 (50 overs)
M Pugh 157*
E Moses 76
J Degg 36
T Drake 30
J Popham 2-37
North Devon CC 1st XI 324 all out (49.5 overs)
A Isherwood 104
J Kalzi 73
B Howe 47
D Bowser 36
J Degg 3-38
M Pugh 3-54
Torquay CC 1st XI (20 pts) beat North Devon CC 1st XI (7 pts) by 3 Runs
In the absence of regular skipper, Matt McCann, who had come off second best in an incident with a scooter! Ian Baker took over the reins.
Torquay won the toss and asked Babbacombe CC 2nd XI to have a bat. The bowling was opened by the youngsters Dylan Karssens and Blaise Baker – though tidy no wickets fells. Enter the evergreen Ian Baker and Babbacombe old boy Steve Lewis – Baker taking 6 for 22 and Lewis taking 4 for 13. Babbacombe collapsed from 32 for 0 to 70 all out in just 20 overs with extras being top scorer with 22.
Olly Latto and Neal Osborn in reply didn’t decide to hang around – knocking the required runs off in just 13.1 overs. Latto played the supporting role with 14no while Osborn smashed 49no. (Little did Osborn know he was going to end up as 12th man for the 1st XI within an hour!)
Babbacombe CC 2nd XI 70 all out (20 overs)
M Tanton 19
I Baker 6-22
S Lewis 4-13
Torquay CC 2nd XI 72 for 0 (13.1 overs)
N Osborn 49*
O Latto 14*
Torquay CC 2nd XI (20 pts) beat Babbacombe CC 2nd XI (1 pt) by 10 Wickets
Player of the Day
Can only be one person – Mitchell Pugh. Although a certain Ian Baker might have been in the running till he dropped a catch watching the 1st XI!