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DEVON CRICKET LEAGUE RD 6 2021


1st XI

For the first time in many years the 1st XI played host to Seaton CC 1st XI in the DCL – the last time, Harry Passenger would have only just been crawling!

With Seaton, three short at toss time due to a broken down car, the toss was uncontested, with Chris Kelmere immediately offering to field in the circumstances – from all accounts he offered without hesitation.

Kesh Wijerathna now in full swing removed both openers, with Sonny Baker also claiming an early wicket. The new spin twin combination of Harry Baxendale and Chris Kelmere then set about the middle order claiming 5 wickets between – their 20 overs going for just 45 runs! Baxendale claimed the prize scalp of Mali Marshall (son of) for 20. Tristian Wakeley topped scored for Seaton with a brief cameo of 25 before being trapped by Kelmere – one of his three wickets. Kelmere was the best of the Torquay bowlers with 3 for 21. Seaton were all out 108 in 43.1 overs – going out before tea was just avoided.

With the threat of rain, after all the nice weather during the week, Torquay decided not to hang around. Tim Western and Chris Kelmere put on 73 for the first wicket – until Kelmere was out the only thing which slowed progress was lost balls (Kelmere actually hit Mali Marshall out the attack). Mention must be made of Ben Passenger for acting as Senior Ball Boy while he can’t see active service with the 2nd XI – he was ably assisted by son Harry on one occasion. Western and Callum Stanley saw Torquay home after just 17.3 overs. Western undefeated on 39.

Briefly returning to the Passenger family. In these difficult times a huge thank you must go to Dee and Emily Passenger for running the tea hatch for members. One of the members being John Haly – it was nice to see him at the Rec for the first time watching the 1st XI since the passing of his brother.

Talking of spectators. Whilst Peter Anderson didn’t travel down from Seaton to one of his old stumping, grounds. Ollie Hunt a member of the 2015 Premier League winning squad (abate one match after the title had been won) made a rare appearance the Rec.

Next up for the 1st XI, an all, new experience, a trip to take on Cullompton CC 1st XI – Evo after a delay of a year will finally make his 2nd 50 of the year, this time his 50th ground in Devon he has scored on!


Seaton CC 1st XI 108 all out (43.1 overs)

T Wakeley 25

C Kelmere 3-21


Torquay CC 1st XI 110 for 1 (17.3 overs)

T Western 39*

C Kelmere 37


Torquay CC 1st XI (20 pts) beat Seaton CC 1st XI (2 pts) by 9 Wickets

For those of you who can’t wait till next week though. This coming Thursday the delayed Aaron Printers Cup tie away to South Devon CC 1st XI will be played – “play” will be called at 6.15pm. In the South Devon line up will be Matt Beasant, formerly a Torquay player.


2nd XI

The 2nd XI headed off to play Hatherleigh CC 3rd XI at Beaford CC in deepest North Devon despite Covid19 issues amongst the host’s 1st XI. (The host’s usual 2nd ground may well be off limits currently being a school ground hence a longer trip.)

The XI which travelled was actually very reminiscent of an XI that travelled to play Hatherleigh’s 2nd XI back in 19** when Evo was only starting out as a scorer. Seven under 20, three all but over 40 and only one in their 20s / 30s!

Torquay this time under the leadership of Matt McCann (Mike Pugh in his off field role was casting his eyes of the 1st XI) won the toss and asked Hatherleigh to have a bat. Hatherleigh were soon in a spin with Noah Rider claiming 6 for 32 off his 8 overs, but it was left to younger brother Beau to claim the wicket of old war horse Richard Tidball, who top scored for Hatherleigh with 25. James Tyler having not bowled for the 1st XI recently, got some overs under his belt going for just 13 runs off his 5 overs though not claiming a wicket. Hatherleigh were 109 all out in 27. 3 overs.

After an early wobble in their reply in no small thanks to Richard Tidball, Torquay knocked the runs off in just 23.4 overs – not much slower than the 1st XI! Top scorer again was Josh Hunt with an undefeated 58. Tidball was the best of Hatherleigh bowlers with 2 for 19.

Next up for the 2nd XI in the league is a top of the table clash with Kingsbridge CC 2nd XI at home.


Hatherleigh CC 3rd XI 109 all out 109 (27.3 overs)

R Tidball 25

N Rider 6-32


Torquay CC 2nd XI 115 for 3 (23.4 overs)

J Hunt 58*

R Tidball 2-19


Torquay CC 2nd XI (17 pts) beat Hatherleigh CC 3rd XI (3 pts) by 7 Wickets


The 2nd XI will be extremely active next weekend as apart from the top of the table clash, the following day they will be in action in the Richard Tidball Cup taking on both Clyst St George CC 2nd XI and Woodbury & Newton St Cyres CC 2nd XI at the home of the former.


Player of the Day

Whilst if the award went purely on performance, then Noah Rider would probably win it. However, sometimes, sportsmanship is sometimes more important. With valuable runs and wickets, but more important with his spontaneous decision regarding the toss. This week’s Player of the Day is Chris Kelmere.

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