The 1st Xi ended their shortened season how they started, hosting Ipplepen CC 1st XI, this time in the Tier 2 Final.
Ipplepen won the toss and elected to bat. After losing Torquay old boy Mawgan Penrice and Marcus Gadie relatively cheaply, enter Callum Stanley and another Torquay old boy Neil Hancock who put on 137 for the 3rd wicket before both falling to young James Tyler. Stanley fell for 70 and Hancock for the dreaded Nelson! Ashley Harvey and Sam Wakeham, captain present and past, both then chipped in with useful runs. The best of the Torquay bowlers was Chris Kelmere with 2 for 36 and Tyler with 2 for 77. Ipplepen set an imposing total of 293 for 6 in their 45 overs.
Torquay opened with Tim Western and James Tyler who certainly both showed intent putting on 171 for the 1st wicket. Unfortunately they both fell in quick succession for 80 and 84 respectively. Torquay’s middle order alas went for 211 for 3 to 216 for 5. The only other notable contributions by Torquay batsmen were Tom Drake and Steve Lewis both with 28. Mike Pugh tried to nurse Torquay over the line with future stars of the club, but Torquay fell agonisingly short by 8 runs with 5 balls to go. Rueben Stanley with 3 for 33 and Neil Hancock with 3 for 53 were the nest of the Ipplepen bowlers.
After this unique season in these difficult times:
We'll meet again,
Don't know where, don't know when,
But I know we'll meet again
Some sunny day.
Keep smiling through,
Just like you always do,
'Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away.
Ipplepen CC 1st XI 293 for 6 (45 overs)
N Hancock 111
C Stanley 70
S Wakeham 28
A Harvey 23
C Kelmere 2-36
J Tyler 2-77
Torquay CC 1st XI 285 all out (44.1 overs)
J Tyler 84
T Western 80
T Drake 28
S Lewis 28
R Stanley 3-33
N Hancock 3-53
Ipplepen CC 1st XI beat Torquay CC 1st XI by 8 Runs
Player of the Day
A toss up, between James Tyler and Tim Western. However, the winner is James Tyler.
Evo’s 1st XI Player of the Season
He came to this club this season as a bowler who could bat a bit. Whilst his bowling has improved, his batting has come on in leaps and bounds. He will be the first to admit his fielding.
However, my Player of the Season goes to James Tyler