The 1st XI set off the trail for glory in the Aaron Printers Cup (those of a certain generation will always refer to it as the Narracott Cup) against local rivals Barton CC 1st XI.
Barton old boy, Captain Tom, handed the reins over for the night to Harry Baxendale in preparation for pending paternity leave. For the first time this season in a competitive match the toss was won and Torquay elected to bat.
The experiment of Jono Colegate wasn’t successful. However this gave Chris Kelmere and George Allen the opportunity to put the Barton bowlers to the sword with 88 and 52 not out in a 2nd wicket partnership of 139. The former fell to a remarkable one handed catch by young Finlay Last off the bowling of Stuart Bowker. Torquay finally amassed 165 for 3 in their 20 overs – the only Barton bowler who came out with any credit was Callum Crocker with 1 for 14 off his 4 overs.
The Barton scorecard, well it was a case of, “I’ve never known a scorecard like it.” Matt Lipton scored an undefeated 57 out of the 98. No other batsmen scored more than 7 with wides being next highest score with 8. Jono Colegate was the best of the bowlers with 4 for 15 off his 4 overs. Barton were finally all out with 8 balls to go.
In the box with Evo was Adam Last who had won the competition as a player with both Barton and Torquay. Evo also finally achieved the feat of scoring for three generations of the Western dynasty.
Next up for the 1st XI is a trip to take on Chelston and Kingskerswell CC 1st XI on 9 June.