The 1st XI travelled to the edge of Dartmoor for the first time in many years to take on Tavistock CC 1st XI.
Torquay won the toss and elected to bowl on a bowler friendly track. The only Tavistock batsmen to show any resistance were Dave Ball 36, and club stalwarts Dave Manning and Steve Luffman with 22 each. There was the pace of Kesh Wijerathna coming up the hill left him with figures of 2 for 7 and Chris Kelmere with a misery spell of 1 for 16. However, the star of the show with the ball was Tom Drake with 5 for 21. With 4.3 overs remaining Tavistock were all out for 132.
With the track being bowler friendly, a 10 wicket victory was never likely and so it proved. Like father like son (see below), Tim Western on this occasion was also soon out. Chris Kelmere was the only other wicket to fall before Callum Stanley with 56 and Tom Drake with 39 saw Torquay home with loads-sa-overs to spare (well 24.3 to be precise).
Next up for the 1st XI is a visit from Plympton CC 1st XI – a side which brings back mixed memories for the club. Relegation in 2019 but lifting the Premier League trophy in 2015.
Tavistock CC 1st XI 132 all out (45.3 overs)
D Ball 36
D Manning 22
S Luffman 22
T Drake 5-21
Torquay CC 1st Xl 135 for 2 (25.3 overs)
C Stanley 56*
T Drake 39*
Torquay CC 1st XI (20 pts) beat Tavistock CC 1st XI (3 points) by 8 wickets
Torquay under the leadership of Matt McCann welcomed Babbacombe CC 2nd XI to the Rec. Torquay won the toss and decided to bat.
After his weekend in the sun, Daniel Western watched with the rest of the predominantly under 18 2nd XI a master class in the art of carnage by the old stagers Matt McCann and Mike Pugh. Both finished on 135 not out – a 2nd wicket partnership of 295, the 5th highest across all divisions since the records got re-calibrated and the highest for any in F Division West. The rope amazingly only got cleared 3 times but between them they plundered 34 * 4s – very reminiscent of a 1st XI match Pugh would have played in against Budleigh Salterton way back in 1997 (plenty of 4s but few 6s by a host of batsmen). When the Babbacombe bowling was finally put out of its misery, Torquay had amassed 310 runs for the loss of just one wicket. It goes without saying the Babbacombe bowling figures look as if they have done 10 rounds with Tyson Fury!
In reply had it not been for a half century of extras, well 56 to be precise, Babbacombe wouldn’t have even reached 50! They were all out for just 94 runs in just 20.4 overs. The wickets were shared around by the Torquay bowlers: Josh Nott 2 for 17, Ant Nadar 2 for 18 and 2 for 8 for “golden arm” Daniel Western. (Matt McCann was also cheeky enough to claim a wicket and a catch.)
Next up for the 2nd XI is a trip to take on Paignton CC 3rd XI just up the road at Torre Valley North.
Torquay CC 2nd XI 310 for 1 (40 overs)
M McCann 135*
M Pugh 135*
Babbacombe CC 2nd XI 94 all out (20.4 overs)
S Williams 14
D Western 2-8
J Nott 2-17
A Nadar 2-18
Torquay CC 2nd XI (20 pts) beat Babbacombe CC 2nd XI (2 pts) by 216 runs
Player of the Day
Whatever the 1st XI achieved today, even 5 for 21 by Tom Drake and an excellent 56* by Callum Stanley, nothing can compare to the joint winners, Matt McCann and Mike Pugh. As the former said, “135 red and part of a 295 partnership. Don’t have many cricket days like this. Stick a fork in me.” (Be-careful, what you wish for though Mr McCann!)
Mention must also be made of though, of Josh Hunt and Kesh Wijerathna who claimed gold medals in the sport of Sightscreen Surfing at Tavistock.