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THE QUEST FOR GLORY OVER FOR YET ANOTHER YEAR


After the heroics by Daniel Western the day before.  The 2nd XI headed out to take on Lustleigh CC 1st XI in the Brockman Cup – Lustleigh being the most successful side in the competition this millennium.

Under the leadership of young Harry Passenger to gain valuable experience in the art of captaincy, but ably supported by the wise old owls Matt McCann and Mike Pugh, Torquay were asked to field first.  Runs flowed on what I believe is a small ground including a run a ball 40 by James Fulner, formerly of this parish.  The only one to stem the flow was Passenger himself with 2 for 22 off his 4 overs.  Lustleigh in the end amassed a formidable total of 180 for 6 off their 20 overs.

This time there wasn’t another Western storm.  It was left to Harry Passenger with a quick fire 24 and Mike Pugh with a more sedate 45 to make Torquay’s reply more respectable.  Despite their efforts, Torquay fell 50 runs short – all out after just 17 overs.  In no small thanks to Shaun Wright – one of the Wright dynasty, who cleaned up the tail with 4 for 13. 

As the years go by sadly several of the victorious side of 1978 have passed away.  A re-union of the survivors for 45th anniversary or whenever the quest is finally over, whichever is the sooner?  One definite survivor is Harold Stevenson (father of Ryan Stevenson currently on the staff at Hampshire CCC).

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