The 1st XI headed off for their last match of the season to take on Plympton CC 1st XI for whom they had a nice surprise not! There was a later morphing of Blaise Baker into big brother Sonny.
Plympton won the toss and elected to bat – the only side to have to brave Kesh and Sonny in tandem this season. They weathered that storm but it was the spinners who weaved their magic. The star of the show was Harry Baxendale with 4 for 24, ably supported by Chris Kelmere with 2 for 16 and Harry Passenger with 1 for 40. The pace duo then returned to help clean up the tail. Elliot Hamilton top scored for Plympton with 32 and they were all out for 156 in 39.4 overs. They made the 3pm cut off just with a little help from the umpires from in their own words, “leisurely walks to square leg.”
In reply, Torquay had an early wobble losing both Tim Western and Callum Stanley cheaply to Ernest Masuku. Plympton went on to rue having Chris Kelmere caught off a no ball when still on 0 (he was then bowled off the free hit) as he finished undefeated on 63. Vice-captain, Tom Drake, just edged him with the highest score of the day though – 70 undefeated. Torquay cruised to victory with over 15 overs to spare. Masuku was the best of the Plympton bowlers with 2 for 31. An early finish – right on cue with the End of Season Social planned to start at The Rec at 7.30pm.
Plympton CC 1st XI 156 all out (39.4 overs)
E Hamilton 32
H Baxendale 4-29
C Kelmere 2-16
S Baker 2-47
Torquay CC 1st XI 159 for 2 (34.2 overs)
T Drake 70*
C Kelmere 63*
E Masuku 2-31
Torquay CC 1st XI (20 pts) beat Plympton CC 1st XI (4 pts) by 8 wickets
With the championship secured several weeks before the sole aim of the 2nd XI when hosting Paignton CC 3rd XI was to go through the season undefeated.
Torquay won the toss and elected to have a bat against a short-handed Paignton side – Liam Talbot formerly of this parish making a rare appearance alongside his son James. It soon turned in a runs feast with Steve Lewis still recovering from injury smashing 127 off just 92 balls which included 18 * 4s and 1 * 6. The young and old also got into the act with Niall McCarthy hitting 63 and Mike Pugh finishing undefeated on 88. With Torquay amassing 374 in their 40 overs, no Paignton escaped from some harsh treatment – their chairman, Tim Ward suffering the worst going for 82 off his 8 overs.
In reply it was always going to be an uphill struggle for Paignton and with the exception of Liam Talbot rolling back the years with 49 and George Woodcock (son of club stalwart, Jason, who fell to Blaise Baker for 13) with 22, no other batsmen really troubled the scorer apart from Tim Ward who ran out of partners finishing undefeated on 18. Paignton were all out for 128 in just 26.5 overs. The best of the Torquay bowlers was Bobby Western with 3 for 31.
E Division West here we come!
Torquay CC 2nd XI 374 for 4 (40 overs)
S Lewis 127
M Pugh 88*
N McCarthy 63
Paignton CC 3rd XI 128 all out (26.5 overs)
L Talbot 49
G Woodcock 22
B Western 3-31
B Baker 2-21
Torquay CC 2nd XI (20 pts) beat Paignton CC 3rd XI (5 pts) by 246 runs
Player of the Day
A very difficult choice between Harry Baxendale and Steve Lewis but the award goes to Harry Baxendale as his skills set was appropriate to the level of the opposition. Special mention must be made though, of Blaise Baker though for stepping aside to allow big brother to play in the 1st XI and Will Bevan for dropping out the 2nd XI to accommodate Blaise moving down from the 1st XI – true club people.