The 1st XI once again set off into deepest Teignbridge – down some very narrow current lanes to taken on Ipplepen CC 1st XI with four Torquay Old Boys in their side plus the scorer.
Ipplepen won the toss and elected to bowl although one of the old boys, Marcus Green wasn’t going to tell his players that – the rule which applies to MCC matches was applied!
Skipper, Chris Kelmere and the star from last week, Harry Passenger opened the batting. Unfortunately both fell cheaply. Callum Stanley one of the Ipplepen old boys on his debut and Tom Drake performed the initial rescue act. When Stanley was out, it was kept in the family with Steve Lewis coming to the crease. The cousins both retired as required on reaching 50. Torquay finished on 242 all out in 39.3 overs having chosen not to recall either of the cousins to the crease. The best of the Ipplepen bowlers were George Tapley (son of the scorer), who but for the Covid19 restrictions would have toured South Africa last February with the Devon U15s and Oliver Holyroyd, both of whom took two wickets.
In reply, Marcus Gadie got Ipplepen off to a reasonable start before being trapped LBW by Chris Kelmere for 39. Master blaster Neil Hancock, a Torquay hero from 1996, scored a run a ball 28 but didn’t (fortunately) go on to make a big score – spin twins Harry Passenger and Noah Rider combining to claim the prize wicket. The only 6 of the innings was hit by Sam Wakeham – one of the “younger legs” from Evo’s match back in 2014. No Ipplepen batsmen really got going but there was a useful 20 from Gareth “half pint” Penrice another of the Torquay old boys. Ipplepen finished 51 runs short in the end – Green showing restraint and blocking the last over out. The best of the Torquay bowlers being Noah Rider with 2 wickets.
Torquay CC 1st XI 242 all out (39.3 overs)
T Drake 51
S Lewis 50
C Stanley 33
G Tapley 2-33
O Holyroyd 2-60
Ipplepen CC 1st XI 191 for 9 (40 overs)
M Gadie 39
N Hancock 28
N Rider 2-29
Torquay CC 1st XI beat Ipplepen CC 1st XI by 51 runs
Now for the serious stuff – the start of the DCL next week away to Abbotskerswell, when the 1st XI will run into old boys Neal Osborn and if fit Nick Watkin. Sadly spectators are still banned!
Player of the Day
Rather more difficult today with the constraints put on batsmen so the player of the day is Noah Rider who doesn’t always get plaudits he deserves. Apart from his 2 wickets he claimed a catch and had a rapid cameo with the bat.
It is only right to also to mention how social Ipplepen were towards Torquay in these difficult times – particularly on a personal level, Gareth Penrice and Sam Wakeham.