The 1st XI went into battle at home with Bovey Tracey minus Mitchell Pugh who was at a wedding and Matt Beasant who we can only applaud as he was paying his respects to those involved in the D-Day Landings.
Once the mopping up was complete from the heavy rain of the past twenty four hours. Bovey Tracey won the toss and elected to bat in a match reduced to 39 overs (another over was lost later).
Bovey Tracey opened with their overseas player Brian Chari who went onto score 54 and Josh Mailing on his return from injury who scored 11. The middle order all contributed with Ashley Causey falling just short of his fifty on 46, Abraham Kopparambil scoring 42 and Peter Bradley 28. The best of the Torquay bowlers were Jordan Hoffman with 2 for 24 and Neal Osborn 2 for 49. Bovey Tracey finished on 228 for 6 but this was revised to 230 under DLS.
With the exception of Elliot Moses’ 44 and a late cameo of 24 by Neal Osborn which came to an end with a rare dismissal of Hit Wicket, no Torquay batsmen really got going. This was due to the speed of the now fit again Hugo Whitlock with 3 for 25, and tight bowling from the experienced duo of Ryan Bougourd with 1 for 31 and Chris Bradley on his seasonal debut with 2 for 27. Torquay finished on 154 for 9 – a potentially vital 3rd batting point being secured by the youngsters Sonny Baker and Harry Passenger.
Bovey Tracey CC 1st XI 228 for 6 (38 Overs)
B Chari 54
A Causey 46
A Kopparambil 42
J Hoffman 2-24
N Osborn 2-49
Revised Target to Win – 231
Torquay CC 1st XI 154 for 9 (38 Overs)
E Moses 44
N Osborn 24
H Whitlock 3-25
C Bradley 2-27
Bovey Tracey CC 1st XI (18 pts) beat Torquay CC 1st XI (6 pts) by 76 Runs on DLS
***Kingsbridge CC 2nd XI have failed to upload the result on Play Cricket by the deadline hence not the usual detail available in this report – it will cost them a 1 pt penalty***
With captain Matt McCann confined to barman duties (there was mutterings of drinks before six), the 2nd XI headed winless into the South Hams to play Kingsbridge 2nd XI, under the leadership of former skipper, Ben Passenger.
Torquay batted first and scored 245 for 8 in their 45 overs with Ben Passenger leading from the front with 69. The best of the Kingsbridge bowling was their skipper Matt Hammett with 3 for 37.
When Kingsbridge batted, Ben Passenger entrusted the new ball to 12 year old Blaise Baker who repaid the faith shown in him by taking 3 for 21 (the most economical of the Baker dynasty on the day). Noah Rider who is still only 14 and just seven days before was part of the victorious 1st XI at Sidmouth took 3 for 10. Top scoring for Kingsbridge was Matt Hammett with 51. Kingsbridge were all out for 147 – finally a win for Torquay CC 2nd XI.
Torquay CC 2nd XI 245 for 8 (45 overs)
B Passenger 69
M Hammett 3-37
Kingsbridge CC 2nd XI 147 all out
M Hammett 51
N Rider 3-10
B Baker 3-21
Torquay CC 2nd XI (20 pts) beat Kingsbridge CC 2nd XI (7 pts) by 98 runs
Player of the Day
After much deliberation it has to go to Blaise Baker. In the end it came down to the fact of how many captains could have the faith in a 12 year old to open the bowling for them.