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DEVON CRICKET LEAGUE 2022 - ROUND 3

1ST XIWell what a match – just 128 legitimate balls and 96 minutes playing time and it was all over. Seaton CC 1st XI could only muster 10 players including several 2nd XI players as well as one with a sore knee.Captain Tom won the toss and elected to field. Enter George Benton – stumps flying everywhere. After just 5.5 overs, Seaton had tumbled to 13 for 5. At that stage Benton’s figures were 3-3-0-4! Only Matt Hewer and Joe Berry showed any resistance with 18 and 15 respectively. Extras were top scorer with 25 – all bowling extras. Seaton were all out for 58 in just 15.2 overs with Benton finishing with 7 for 19 off 7 overs – umpire Don Fathers had said he had never seen such a fine spell of bowling.Tim Western and Chris Kelmere certainly weren’t going to hang around in reply, Kelmere smashing an undefeated 43 off 24 balls – the Keeper of the Balls is going hunting today. Torquay reached their target in just 6 overs.Fortunately the long arm of the law in the form of Peter Anderson, former Torquay player and CEO of Somerset CCC, and now a key volunteer for Seaton CC hadn’t arrived when it was all over.This amazing match was watched by a midweek stalwart of the 1990s, John Morris, who on his 72nd birthday, made a rare visit to the Rec.It would be wrong not to mention both Vanessa Western (only one Western left now to get a mention and we are only week 3 of the season) and Faiz’s wife for ensuring the Match Officials were well looked after despite the early finish. Thanks must also go to Declan and Penny Bailey for providing the food in difficult circumstances. It hasn’t gone unnoticed yet again by the umpires what the club provide by various means.Next up for the 1st XI is the shortest away trip of the season – arch rivals Barton (many of the team can get out of bed latter then for a home match).Seaton CC 1st XI 58 all out (15.2 overs)Extras25M Hewer18J Berry15G Benton 7-19Torquay CC 1st XI63 for 0 (6 overs)C Kelmere43*Torquay CC 1st XI (20 pts) beat Seaton CC 1st XI (1 pt) by 10 Wickets2nd XIThe 2nd XI headed out to take on Chelston and Kingskerswell CC 1st XI, hoping to get their season back on track (next to the Riviera Line). Matt McCann still leading the side with the necessity for Faiz to keep for the 1st XI called for reinforcements in the shape of Ian Baker.Due to continuing technical issues the following report is more potted than usual. Torquay won the toss and elected to bat first and were all out for 154 in just 38 overs with Mike Pugh leading the way again with 36 supported by Anthony Nadar with 35. The best of the bowing was Luke Glasson with 4 for 29 ably supported by his opening bowling partner, “Dr Viv” the TUFC Club Doctor with 3 for 36.Leading by example, Captain Tom, along with the bulk of the 1st XI reached the ground at tea time in the hope they could urge the 2nd XI on to a much needed win. They were greeted by a friendly face behind the bar, Nikki Hayter, who for several years ran the bar at The Rec Chelston and Kingskerswell lost wickets in reply chasing a gettable total. Shorn Bobb led the way with 45 (Bobb only playing at this level due to injury issues). He was supported by Prash Amapalam with an undefeated 29. Chelston and Kingskerswell finally got over the line with 2 balls to spare and 2 wickets in hands.For accuracy the best of the Torquay bowlers was young Beau Rider – his figures being a superb 9-4-8-1. In terms of wickets, Aaron Hearn was the best with 3 for 17. Ian Baker still as competitive as ever took 2 for 22, and a certain famous expression of yesteryear was heard on at least one occasion. Note must be made of young Blaise Baker, unfortunately on the side lines at the moment, supported his school side first and then jumped on the train and came and supported the 2nd XI.Next up for the 2nd XI is an outing in the Brockman Cup at home this Tuesday against Ipplepen CC 2nd XI. They return to league action next Saturday, when “the only way is up” also at The Rec when they take on fellow strugglers, Tavistock CC 2nd XI.Torquay CC 2nd XI154 all out (38 overs)M Pugh 36A Nadar35L Glasson4-29V Kulkarni3-36C&K CC 1st XI157 for 8 (44.4 overs)S Bobb45P Amapalam29*A Hearn 3 for 17Chelston and Kingskerswell CC 1st XI (19 pts) beat Torquay CC 2nd XI (7 pts) by 2 WicketsPlayer of the DayBy 12.55pm and before the 2nd XI had when started the decision had been made! George Benton with 7 for 19 – end of story!

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