Under the watchful eyes of long standing Brockman Cup committee member, Mike Hunt and former 1st XI Manager, John Morgan - who in the words of wife Di has seriously caught the cricket bug again (is there a doctor in the house), the 2nd XI under the leadership of Mike Pugh, took on their counterparts from Ipplepen. Those present for Ipplepen included Marcus Green, a veteran of the only back to back DCL titles won by Torquay, a quarter of a century ago and Simon Tapley a Torquay CC colt from an even earlier era.
Ipplepen won the toss and asked Torquay to have a bat on a track affected by the earlier rain. Once again it was left to Mike Pugh who after all these years still loves playing with 35 and this time Will Needs, who is clearly falling back in love with the game, with an undefeated 26. Oliver Holroyd was the best of the bowlers but mention must be made of Owen Penrice a former Torquay CC colt, who after several years out of the game – there isn’t much cricket played in Germany took a superb caught and bowled to remove Ryan Hanauer for 13. Torquay finished on 119 for 6 in their 20 overs.
Ipplepen didn’t get off to the best of starts losing another Torquay old Gareth Penrice, the youngest of the trio of brothers and once known as “Half Pint” before he troubled the scorers. The rugby playing mates, Josh Nott and Beau Rider, reduced Ipplepen to 26 for 3. However, if catches win matches the catch by Will Needs to remove Matt Quartley was certainly worth a win. George Tapley, son of, top scored with 13 as Ipplepen were all out for 79 in just 16 overs. Best of the Torquay bowlers was Beau Rider with 3 for 24.
Next up the Semi Finals for Torquay!