Torquay travelled to the edge of Dartmoor to take on Bovey Tracey CC 2nd XI - the decision to drop down to Tier 2 was made to aid the development of the youngsters.
Bovey Tracey won the toss and elected to bat. The wicket seemed to favour the seamers with Sonny Baker charging in from the Pavilion End taking 3 for 18 off his 9 overs and James Tyler on his competitive debut for Torquay taking 1 for 14 of 6 overs (but for an over- throw the figures would have been better). The best of the spinners was Noah Rider with 3 for 37 off 6.1 overs – helping to mop Bovey Tracey’s tail up with Sonny Baker. On the fielding front, Steve Lewis claimed 3 catches behind the stumps and Sonny Baker claimed both a catch and a run out. Ben Steer certainly was like a cat with nine lives (well three to be precise), top scoring for Bovey Tracey with 77. Bovey Tracey were finally all out for 217 in 43.1 overs.
In reply, Torquay wobbled early on with Steve Lewis and Tim Western back under the tree – not Dame Agatha’s – but Torquay’s home for the day in these extraordinary times. It was left to captain, Chris Kelmere and vice-captain, Tom Drake to repair the damage with the former falling just short of his fifty – being trapped LBW by Derek Perry for 49. With the evergreen Mike Pugh being held back in reserve, it was down to the youngsters to show their talent with the bat – Harry Passenger and Neal Osborn both contributed before Noah Rider and James Tyler saw Torquay home by 3 wickets with loads of overs to spare. The best of the Bovey Tracey’s bowling was Derek Perry with 3 for 55.
A winning start for Chris Kelmere as skipper who had kept his promise in a FB message to Evo for his 600th match “we’ll try and celebrate with a win.” Mission was accomplished as it was 17 years ago for match 300 also against Bovey Tracey – survivors from that match Mike Pugh and Tim Western joined yesterday by Sonny Baker and Harry Passenger, sons’ of players who played in it. The fathers now terrorising Bovey Tracey CC 3rd XI! (We shall come to that later.)
Bovey Tracey CC 2nd XI 217 all out (43.1 overs)
B Steer 77
D Green 21
S Baker 3-18
N Rider 3-37
Torquay CC 1st XI 218 for 7 (35.3 overs)
C Kelmere 49
N Rider 31*
T Drake 30
H Passenger 24
J Tyler 20*
D Perry 3-55
Torquay CC 1st XI (20 pts) beat Bovey Tracey CC 2nd XI (7 pts) by 3 Wickets
Torquay minus their skipper, Matt McCann took on Bovey Tracey CC 3rd XI under the captaincy of Ben Passenger.
Bovey Tracey won the toss and elected to bat. Opening the batting for them was Tony England and Darren Harvey (Evo actually taught him to score a few years back) – both had sons taking on the 1st XI. England top scored for Bovey Tracey with 62. As for the bowling the evergreen Ben Passenger was very neat and tidy going for just 14 runs off 6 overs. However, the bowling honours must go to “veteran” Ian Baker who took 4 for 38 off his 8 overs including a Hat Trick! From all accounts young Will Leighton with 2 for 47 off 7 overs also bowled extremely well. Bovey Tracey finished their 40 overs on 177 for 7.
In reply Torquay opened with the players from both ends of the age spectrum. Rob Jack and Daniel Western put on 77 for the 1st wicket before Jack was out for 34. There was then a mini wobble with Alex Fulton nearly repeating the same feat as a certain Ian Baker. Daniel Western along with Ben Passenger repaired the damaged and was finally 5th out having score 62. Craig Davies and Dinesh Giri saw Torquay across the line with 5 wickets to spare and just the 1st XI with loads of overs to spare. The best of the Bovey Tracey bowlers was Alex Fulton with 2 for 31 off 8 overs.
A special mention must be made though, of Sandra Western who made her online scoring debut – one hears there may well be the offer of scoring for the 1st XI in the Aaron Printers Cup being on the table.
Bovey Tracey CC 3rd XI 177 for 7 (40 overs)
T England 62
H Pitman 26*
D Harvey 25
I Baker 4-38
W Leighton 2-47
Torquay CC 2nd XI 181 for 5 (32 overs)
D Western 62
R Jack 34
B Passenger 22
A Fulton 2-31
Torquay CC 2nd XI (18 pts) beat Bovey Tracey CC 3rd XI (6 pts) by 5 wickets.
Player of the Day
At tea-time it certainly appeared to be a battle between two generations of the Bakers. Step up Daniel Western though with a fine 62 for the 2nd XI to be Player of the Day.