The 1st XI started their 2021 campaign with the relative short trip to Abbotskerswell. Abbots had three Torquay old boys, Nick Watkin who was Justin Yau’s loyal lieutenant and spinners Sam Carpenter and newly departed Neal Osborn. Watkin defied the advice of everyone to play with a dodgy calf – their side though was already weakened by isolation issues.
Watkin won the toss and asked Torquay to have a bat. Torquay sprung a surprise by splitting up the flourishing opening partnership of James Tyler and Tim Western. Skipper Chris Kelmere opened the batting against one of his former clubs with the evergreen Western. Wickets fell at regular intervals but then Tom Drake took control especially after a rain interval which changed the whole the match. Drake finished undefeated on 79 but did have one piece of luck being caught off a no ball when on 43. Drake was supported by cameos from Rob Shergold, James Tyler and his cousin Steve Lewis. Sam Carpenter and MD Zahed Hussan both claimed 2 wickets for Abbotskerswell. Torquay finished on 226 for 7 off 47 overs. This was rounded up to 229 under the new 4th version of DLS.
Sam Carpenter and Eddie Smout-Cooper opened the Abbotskerswell reply against Somerset Academy, Sonny Baker and debutant Rob Shergold. No one really got going for Abbotskerswell, with Neal Osborn top scoring with 18 that though did include a 6 off debutant Harry Baxendale. Baxendale had the last laugh bowling Osborn and claiming 4 other wickets. Abbotskerswell were all out for 89 in 36.1 overs when Watkin was caught by Baker in the deep – Baxendale’s 5th wicket.
Torquay CC 1st XI 226 for 7 (47 overs) - Revised to 229
T Drake 79
S Lewis 24
S Carpenter 2-36
MD Z Hussain 2-42
Abbotskerswell CC 1st XI 89 all out (36.1 overs)
N Osborn 18
H Baxendale 5-17
Torquay CC 1st XI (19 pts) beat Abbotskerswell CC 1st XI (4 pts) by 140 runs (on DLS)
Next up for the 1st XI a visit from Bradninch – a side including master blaster Gary Chappell and Mitchell Pugh who needs no introduction.
The 2nd XI started their 2021 campaign under, stand in captain, Mike Pugh, with a visit from Chudleigh CC 2nd XI. Ben Passenger hopes to be trundling out of 1st gear sooner rather then later.
Chudleigh won the toss and asked Torquay to have a bat. Daniel Western got Torquay off to a good start falling just 2 runs short of his 50. (How long before he swops XIs with father Tim and makes his 1st XI debut?) Noah Rider with a point to prove took his opportunity fully top scoring with 83 – for part of the knock, Mike Pugh, Director of Cricket had a birds eye view from the non-strikers end. Ben Cowling was the best of the Chudleigh bowlers with 3 wickets. Torquay finished on 219 for 8 in their 40 overs.
In reply Chudleigh crashed to 116 all out in 31 overs. Ben Cowling top scored with 27 and Luke Quaintance scored 24. The best of the Torquay bowling was Rider the younger, Beau on his 2nd league debut, with 3 for 14, out doing older brother, Noah, who took 2 for 27.
Torquay CC 2nd XI 219 for 8 (40 overs)
N Rider 83
D Western 48
B Cowling 3-36
Chudleigh CC 2nd XI 116 all out (31 overs)
B Cowling 27
L Quaintance 24
B Rider 3-14
Torquay CC 2nd XI (20 pts) beat Chudleigh CC 2nd XI (6 pts) by 103 runs.
***Due to computer issues please note the final score for Chudleigh maybe adjusted but it won’t affect the final result***
Next up the 2nd XI is a trip to Varwell Field to take on Ashburton CC 2nd XI.
Player of the Day
At teatime is was between the batting prowess of Tom Drake and Noah Rider. However, the award goes to debutant Harry Baxendale who spun the 1st XI to victory with 5 wickets. Note must also be made of Rider the younger on his league debut and Josh Nott gaining value experience as 12th man, both for the 2nd XI.