The prediction of a reality check sadly came true away to one of the title favourites.
Heathcoat won the toss and elected to bat on what appeared to be an early season green track.
New boys Jordan Hoffman and Steve Lewis struck early to remove Heathcoat’s own new boy Callum French but that was as good as it got.
Alas our fielding wasn’t up to Torquay’s usual standard with Rob Holman and Peter Randerson the main beneficiaries and the radar for several of our bowlers wasn’t working which resulted in an inevitable penalty for slow over rate.
The one highlight in the field was the run out of Jack Dart (his 3rd in 4 matches) by Elliot Moses.
Torquay’s batting was simply not allowed to get going thanks to a very strong Heathcoat bowling unit. There were however some flashes of brilliance from George Allen till he got stumped and some cameos from Tom Drake and Tim Western.
Heathcoat – 262 for 9 (50 overs)
R Holman 68
M Cloete 39*
P Randerson 36
J Hoffman 3-40
Torquay – 99 all out (37.2 overs)
G Allen 31
M Cloete 2-9
Heathcoat (20 pts) beat Torquay (5 pts) by 163 runs
Plymouth 3rd XI won the toss and elected to bat.
Plymouth 3rd XI were reduced to 78 for 5 before an 88 run 6th wicket partnership between Gareth Hart and Dan Vile. Whilst our dynamic chairman, Ian Baker, rolled back the years with 5 for 42. His youngest son, Blaise, will be the one sending the statisticians scrambling through the record books. Making his debut at just 12 years and 17 days and claiming a wicket.
Our new captain, Matt McCann, lead from the front batting with a quick fire 37 off just 32 balls. The star of the batting though in ultimately a losing cause was young Harry Passenger coming in at no.6 and was out for a rapid 48.
Plymouth 3rd XI 188 all out (45 overs)
D Vile 55
G Hart 40
I Baker 5-42
Torquay 2nd XI 166 all out (34.1 overs)
H Passenger 48
M McCann 31
J Haffenden 2-3
Plymouth 3rd XI (19 pts) beat Torquay 2nd XI (9 pts) by 22 runs
Player of the Day
The youth are the future of the club so for his rapid 48 runs it has to be Harry Passenger