Could lightning strike twice against visitors Sidmouth? This time Torquay’s side was even weaker as a result of football (on 3rd August!!), holidays, injuries and military duties. Josh Hunt returning from injury and James McMurray returning after an extended stay in Bournemouth made their seasonal debuts for the 1st XI.
Pre-match lightning did strike twice but not the way Torquay might have hoped, as Sidmouth for the second time in four years didn’t have a match ball – Evo came to the rescue again!
Torquay won the toss and elected to bat. They were soon in trouble with Mitchell Pugh being removed for 2. When George Allen was removed for 4, Torquay in trouble at 18 for 2. James McMurray showed some “stick-ability” while Elliot Moses went about his business. When McMurray fell, Tim Western came to the crease and played the anchor role – a 96 run partnership for the 4th wicket. Progress was slow but just as he was in slight of the elusive league century, Moses was trapped LBW for 85. Chris Kelmere had his usual vital quick fire cameo. Smaller cameos then came from both Tom Drake and Josh Hunt. Torquay finished on 222 for 7 with Matt Cooke being the best of the Sidmouth bowlers with 3 for 46. (Joss Bess off only half pace took 2 for 43.)
Sidmouth in reply got out the traps quickly before Matt Cooke was caught by George Allen off Chris Kelmere. Young Harry Passenger, gave Torquay some hope removing past and present Devon skippers Josh Bess and Alex Barrow in quick succession – the latter a superb caught and bowled. The amount of balls disappearing towards the railway station throughout the innings, Evo lost count how many times he took the spares out and the club are certainly grateful to Ollie Latto’s grandad who willingly became ball boy! Luke and Zach Bess broke the back of the run chase – the latter finishing undefeated on 87. Sidmouth past Torquay’s total with only 5 wickets down and 22 balls to spare. The best of the Torquay bowlers was Harry Passenger with 3 for 48.
“Balls to spare” – after the match Sidmouth did actually find their match ball buried in the captain’s kit bag!
Torquay CC 1st XI 222 for 7 (50 overs)
E Moses 85
T Western 44
C Kelmere 30
M Cooke 3-46
J Bess 2-43
Sidmouth CC 1st XI 225 for 5 (42.2 overs)
Z Bess 87*
A Barrow 36
J Bess 31
H Passenger 3-48
Sidmouth CC 1st XI (18 pts) beat Torquay CC 1st XI (6 pts) by 5 wickets
Torquay travelled the extremely short distance to Cricketfield Road short-handed due to availability issues in the 1st XI. Don’t mention Player Registration to Matt McCann or Evo! (Two players ineligible ended up serving the 1st XI a superb tea.)
Barton won the toss and elected to field. Torquay were soon in trouble with Tom Porter and Martin Powell ripping out the top and middle order with the first five wickets all falling on 25. Dinesh Giri with 71 and Craig Davies with 44 salvaged the innings putting on 125 for the 6th wicket. Torquay were 168 all out in 31 overs with Neal Osborn having done the reverse of Chris Balderstone by rushing from the football field to the cricket ground so we played with 10 men. The best of the Barton bowling was Tom Porter with 3 for 12 and Dave Cadwallader with 3 for 20.
Andy Pugh and Jon Martin put on 106 for Barton in reply. Pugh fell for 23 – Dan Western and Will Leighton can have the bragging rights of getting a former England Amateur XI batsman out! Jon Martin then briefly batted with daughter Emily. After father Martin fell for 79. Tom Porter and Adam Last saw Barton home with 16 overs to spare and seven wickets in hand. The best of the Torquay bowlers was Will Leighton with 2 for 36.
Torquay CC 2nd XI 168 all out (31 overs)
D Giri 71
C Davies 44
T Porter 3-12
D Cadwallader 3-20
Barton CC 2nd XI 169 for 3 (29 overs)
J Martin 79
A Pugh 23
J Martin 22*
W Leighton 2-36
Barton CC 2nd XI (20 pts) beat Torquay CC 2nd XI (5 pts) by 7 wickets
Player of the Day
One of the more difficult decisions to be make this season but batting on the more difficult track and against some experienced bowlers it goes to Dinesh Giri for his 71.