When Torquay CC won the Brockman Cup for the one and only time, it was 1978 – the year Sir Ian Botham cemented his place in the England Team.
Some 42 years later, Torquay CC 2nd XI only had two players in their side born when they lifted the title!
The semi-final was an early morning start against Lustleigh CC 1st, after much discussion at The Rec.
Lustleigh won the toss and elected to bat, and were soon regretting it as they fell to 33 for 5. Chris Mason and Mike Wright repaired some of the early damage, with Mason finishing undefeated on 48. Lustleigh were restricted to 117 for 9 in 19.4 overs (their 11th batsman was injured and unable to bat). The best of the Torquay bowlers was Sonny Baker with 3 for 10 off his 4 overs.
In reply, Torquay got off to a horror start being reduced to 10 for 3, before the golden oldies Mike Pugh and skipper Matt McCann repaired some of the damage, with 17 and 32 respectively. After that no one got into double figures until last batsman, young Bobby Western who finished undefeated on 11. Torquay ended up falling 15 runs short. The best of the Lustleigh bowling was Sam Bannister with 3 for 19.
The good news is 10 of the team (probably) will be eligible for 2021.
The final saw Lustleigh lose to Ipplepen CC 2nd XI relatively easily.
Lustleigh CC 1st XI 117 for 9 (19.4 overs)
C Mason 48*
S Baker 3-10
Torquay CC 2nd XI 102 for 9 (20 overs)
M McCann 32
M Pugh 17
B Western 11*
S Bannister 3-19
Lustlleigh CC 1st XI beat Torquay CC 2nd by 15 runs