Torquay CC returned to their former home, Cricketfield Road, this time the 2nd XI taking on Barton CC 2nd XI. With the forthcoming league match between the respective 1st XIs, some of the Torquay squad will have played their 3 times in less than 2 weeks!
Barton won the toss and elected to field. Barton had early success reducing Torquay to 28 for 3. There was then contributions by Mike Pugh (14), Olly Latto (17) and Ben Passenger (18). However, the star with the bat was Dinesh Giri with an undefeated 53 off just 38 balls including 4 * 4s and 3 * 6s. Wides all 21 of them helped Torquay to reach 157 for 8 in their 50 overs. No Barton bowler took more than 1 wicket as 3 Torquay batsmen were run out.
Barton opened with Matt Needham, formerly of this parish, who was cleaned bowled by Sonny Baker, after his mad dash down the M5 from Bridgwater, for 2 – Sonny bowling did ruffle a few feathers! The other opener, Lewis Crocker batted through for an unbeaten 30. The Barton innings rather petered out as they finished their 20 overs on 79 for 5. The best or Torquay’s bowlers was Will Leighton with 2 for 13.
Could this be Torquay’s year? Well we will have to wait until Sunday 13 September for Finals Day – jointly hosted this year by Paignton CC and Torquay CC (the semis staring at 11am). Torquay CC has, as always, the honour of hosting the Final – umpires will call “Play” at 3pm.
As a foot note, there was one interesting conversation on the boundary regarding the sanitising of the ball. A cricketer with a relatively high up job in the NHS locally has clearly said the sanitising of the ball has no effect when it comes to stopping the spread of Covid19.