The 2nd XI headed off to play at the Recreation Ground, Newton Abbot, against their 2nd XI counterparts from South Devon under the leadership of Daniel Western for the first time.
South Devon won the toss and asked Torquay to have a bat. Torquay were soon in trouble with neither, Aaron Hearn, or Josh Nott troubling the scorers – both wickets claimed by Mike Smith who took 2 for 13 off his 4 overs. Western led from the front to repair some of the damage with a trade mark quick fire 27 before Torquay old boy Noah Rider had him caught off his bowling by Ian Shepherd. Mike Pugh who has seen it done it got the t-shirt continued the repair job finishing on undefeated on a run a ball 63, which included no fewer, than 12 * 4s. New boy Ryan Hanauer was 4th out with the scorer on 91. Next up was, Club Chairperson, Ian Baker, having got his bat out the attic, unfortunately became the third Torquay batter not to trouble the scorers – Richard Nichols didn’t get his hat trick though! The last over saw run outs galore including Bobby Western another “daddles” for those of a certain generation and another victim for Torquay old boy Noah Rider. In their 20 overs Torquay had amassed 129 runs for the loss, of 7 wickets.
Mark Andrews and James Allen were fast out the blocks in South Devon’s reply – after 3 overs they were going at 8 runs per over. Beau Rider and Aaron Hearn getting equally brutal treatment. To try and stop the flow of runs, 1st change the ball was tossed to Ian Baker, who was dusting off his bowling boots for the first time this season – alas without success. Joss Nott had some success slowing the flow. Success finally came though, in Baker’s second combining with fellow veteran Mike Pugh to remove James Allen for 21. With the fall of the wicket, the breaks were applied and a 2nd Baker victim soon followed – a certain Noah Rider. Baker finished with 2 for 13 off his 4 overs, in his last 3 overs his return was 2 for 4. Daniel Western then tossed the ball to younger brother, Bobby, who repaid the faith by first removing Mike Smith and then danger man, Mark Andrews for 33, and finally Richard Nichols all in his 2nd over. Bobby finished with 3 for 9 off his 4 overs. Aaron Hearn then cleaned up the tail claiming 3 for 17 off his 4 overs. South Devon ended up 9 wickets down and 39 runs short of their target.
Next up for the winners are a visit from Ipplepen 2nd XI on 24 May, who like most sides in the competition are a mix of the young and old plus a few inbetweeners. Just maybe the Brockman Cup can “come home” ending 44 years “of hurt.”
A big thank must go to Phil Sturman for standing in for Sandra Western (last heard of somewhere, in the Worcestershire area with the Devon O60s) on the computer to allow, this report to be literally hot of the press.