With nothing more than pride to play for. Torquay headed off to play Shep’s former home – the youngest six players ages nowhere near 111! Fortunately it ultimately didn’t have any ramifications on the battle for the remaining relegation spot. Torquay won the toss and decided to bat. They were soon in trouble at 0 for 2 after just four balls of the first over. Tim Western and James McMurray both failing to trouble the scorers – sadly they weren’t the last! Elliot Moses with 26 and Mitchell Pugh with 34 tried to repair some of the damage – Moses was third out with the score on 51. With Adrian Isherwood in full flow the last 7 wickets then fell for just 26 runs with Isherwood claiming 5 for 13. Torquay were all out for 77 in 24.1 overs – Will Leighton on debut was left 0 not out at the end.North Devon went out to bat well before tea and in the first over Mitchell Pugh knocked over the stumps of ex-Torquay batsman, Ed Yeo. That is really as good as it got for Torquay, but Pugh never gave up and had Adrian Isherwood caught behind by Matt McCann – the 4th wicket keeper used by the 1st XI this season. Dan Bowser saw North Devon home with an undefeated 32. (It was all to no avail for North Devon as results elsewhere meant relegation alongside Torquay).
The best of the Torquay bowlers was Pugh with 2 for 22 but North Devon needed just 10.5 overs to reach the target.The 2020 season will see the first encounter with Barton since 2007 (Michael Vaughan was still England captain) and the first ever visit to Cullompton (the 49th Devon club or educational establishment, Evo will have scored against).
Torquay CC 1st XI 77 all out (24.1 overs)
M Pugh 34
E Moses 26
A Isherwood 5-13
J King 3-24
North Devon CC 1st XI 78 for 2 (10.5 overs)
D Bowser 32*
M Pugh 2-22
North Devon CC 1st XI (20 pts) beat Torquay CC 2nd XI (2 pts) by 8 wickets
With Matt McCann emergency wicketkeeper for the 1st XI. Was the Great Escape under Ian Baker’s leadership still possible? Torquay played host to Babbacombe CC 2nd XI and asked them to have a bat having won the toss. Nick Sleeman led the way scoring 81 supported by Dom Passmore with 36. It was a day for Torquay’s young bowlers with Blaise Baker taking 4 for 35 (just missing out on a second nomination for The Cricketer magazine in 6 days) and Noah Rider with 3 for 43. Babbacombe where all out for 215 in 41.4 overs.In reply, Torquay opened with Daniel Western and Niall McCarthy. Western in scoring 35 scored more league runs then dad Tim in the 1st XI during 2019. Josh Hunt with 75 and Ant Nadar with 68 got Torquay within sight of victory. Is was left to Dinesh Giri and Ian Baker to get them over the line with 7 overs to spare and 5 wickets in hand.
The best of Babbacombe’s bowling was Dave Stubbs with 2 for 17. Mission impossible couldn’t be completed and like the 1st XI a week before, the 2nd XI were relegated. Assuming they stay in the West section – plenty of real local derbies so travel shouldn’t be an issue.
Babbacombe CC 2nd XI 215 all out (41.4 overs)
N Sleeman 81
D Passmore 36
B Baker 4-35
N Rider 3-43
Torquay CC 2nd XI 217 for 5 (38 overs)
J Hunt 75
A Nadar 68
D Stubbs 2-17
Torquay CC 2nd XI (20 pts) beat Babbacombe CC 2nd XI (7 pts) by 5 wickets
Player of the Day
After a season ruined by the perils of playing rugby. The final winner of the 2019 season is Josh Hunt.
WEBSITE PLAYERS OF THE SEASON
1ST XI – he might not be seen one of the team’s superstars. This person is well known for his “big” hitting cameos but equally he can rein those tendencies in for the good of the team (385 runs @ 35). Bowling you know whether he is opening or bowling 2nd change there is always a chance of a wicket (10 wickets @ 46 doesn’t do him justice). He is a superb fielder (9 catches and 1 run out).
The player is TOM DRAKE.
2ND XI – a super star of the future who has taken to open age cricket like a duck to water. Back to back Player of the Day awards but then how many 12 year olds can captains trust to open the bowling (3 for 21 away to Kingsbridge 2nd XI) then a week later takes 7 for 30 at home to Abbotskerswell 2nd XI. A nice straight action which means you miss I hit has meant 26 wickets @ 22.54 – 2nd in the averages only just behind dad Ian.
The player is BLAISE BAKER.
THAT MIGHT BE “TIME” ON THE 2019 SEASON BUT THE WEBSITE WILL BE LIVE THIS WINTER!