DCL Round 6

Twenty three years ago was a bitter sweet weekend. Torquay CC retained the Premier Division title for the only time in their history at Barton – Steve Short’s finest hour. Hours later though Princess Di was dead. Twenty three years later there was a few survivors from that match. Mike Pugh played for Torquay CC 1st XI. Darren Cowley and Shaun Needham turned out for Barton CC 1st XI (the latter though was part of the triumphant Torquay CC that day). Jim Parker and Andy Pugh now consigned to Barton CC 2nd XI.

1st XI

Torquay returned to their former home, Cricketfield Road for the third time in thirteen days looking for a hat trick by the club over their arch rivals. Barton won the toss and considering all the recent rain unsurprisingly on winning the toss asked Torquay to bat. Former Barton players, Steve Lewis and Tom Drake were soon out. The middle order all got starts without going on to get big scores. Youngsters Noah Rider and James Tyler both scored 29, and captain, Chris Kelmere who must have felt old at just 27 scored 21. There was also a late cameo by Ollie Latto (5th oldest player and not yet 18) with 15 including one glorious 6. Darren Cowley with 4 for 27 was the best of the Barton bowlers, backed up by Kelmere’s brother-in-law, Rob Shergold with 2 for 20. Torquay were all out for 140 with 5 balls to go.

Barton in reply were soon in trouble with Sonny Baker removing the top three batsmen including danger men Shaun Needham and Darren Cowley. Having bowled Tom Drake and James Tyler from the Audley Park end, it was time for thirteen year old debutant, Blaise Baker. It was the nearly the perfect script but Matt Lipton was dropped on the boundary off just his third ball – the culprit did subsequently take 3 wickets. Extras top scored for Barton with 26 followed by Adrian Lipton with 19. The best of the Torquay bowlers was Sonny Baker with 4 for 9 off 6.2 overs supported by Harry Passenger with 3 for 14. On today’s bowling performance any Star Trak fans would say “Torquay CC The Next Generation” with seven wickets falling to sons of former 1st XI players. Barton just reached three figures but were out 9.4 overs to go.

Torquay CC are home in the semi-final to we believe Heathcoat CC 2nd XI and thanks to Covid19 have use of the Rec.

Torquay CC 1st XI 140 all out (44.1 overs)

N Rider 29

J Tyler 29

C Kelmere 21

D Cowley 4-27

R Shergold 2-20

Barton CC 1st XI 100 all out (35.2 overs)

Extras 26

A Lipton 19

S Baker 4-9

H Passenger 3-14

Torquay CC 1st XI (18 pts) beat Barton CC 1st XI (7 pts) by 40 Runs

It would be wrong though not to finish by mentioning Blaise Baker on making his 1st XI debut aged just 13. So a couple of photos, one with big brother Sonny and one with the other two players who also previously made their debuts at 13 – Harry Passenger and Noah Rider:

2nd XI

After a herculean mopping up operation mainly by colts and their parents the night before. The Rec was fit for play and Torquay were able to take on Barton in the final round of the regular season – The Winner Takes it All.

Barton won the toss and surprise surprise asked Torquay to have a bat. Torquay posted a competitive total (well until bodies decided to fall apart) – Ben Passenger with 58 and Daniel Western with 25 the main run getters. The best of the Barton bowlers was Ben Lipton with 4 for 22. Torquay finished on 146 for 9 in their 40 overs.

Barton’s task was made a lot easier with both Ian Baker and Ben Passenger both breaking down leaving Matt McCann rather short of bowling. Anthony Nadar though on a rare outing did take 2 for 28 and young Will Leighton took 2 for 39. One of Leighton’s scalps was Barton’s top scorer, Andy Pugh, a former England Amateur XI batsman, for 44. The other main contributors with the bat for Barton were Aaron Hearn with 31 and Joe Bell with 22. Barton reached the required target with nearly 12 overs remaining and with 5 wickets in hand

Ultimately too many broken bodies did for Torquay in the final match so they finished 2nd in their league. There are many positives to take from the season though especially the development of Will Leighton and Niall McCarthy.

Torquay CC 2nd XI 146 for 9 (40 overs)

B Passenger 58

D Western 25

B Lipton 4-22

Barton CC 2nd XI 149 for 5 (28.1 overs)

A Pugh 43

A Hearn 31

J Bell 22

A Nadar 2-28

W Leighton 2-39

Barton CC 2nd XI (19 pts) beat Torquay CC 2nd XI (5 pts) by 5 wickets

Player of the Day

A simple task this week – Sonny Baker with his 4 for 9. Sonny bowled with such heart and hostility. So reminiscent of Matt Bulbeck bowling himself into the ground at Cricketfield Road many years ago when trying to defend an impossible total and nearly achieving it.


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