DEVON CRICKET LEAGUE 2024 - ROUND 5 (Updated Version)


The 1st XI ventured into the unknown with a trip to take on Bridestowe CC 1st XI.  The “star” of Youtube from Friday was fully awake and ready for their 55th ground in Devon and scoring al fresco.

Prior to the match, there was the now traditional Spirit of Cricket moment by T&K – the presenting of a spare used match ball to a new newly promoted club to assist them in building up their spare’s collection of the higher grade ball they now require.  T&K are the only club who does this and Bridestowe’s skipper was certainly extremely appreciative.  He was even more astonished when he knew he was also going to get T&Ks match ball.

Bridestowe won the toss and elected to bowl.  Some forty over later it was a Kev O’Sullivan moment “What Just Happened.”  Had it not been for the most patient innings ever by Chris Kelmere with 40 not out (clearly his wife and baby watching from the boundary was a calming influence) and 24 by debutant Tom Lillywhite the T&K innings would have been an “absolute disaster.”  T&K were all out for just 100 in 43.2 overs.  The star with the ball for Bridestowe was Ethan Guest 5 for 31.  Guest was backed up by rugby union pro, Billy Searle, son of the legendary Arnie Searle, with 3 for 14.

The umpires, one being the Chair of the DCL, used Law 43 AKA “common sense” – T&Ks 10th wicket fell 2 minutes before 3pm so by the rules, the players should have gone straight back out but Tea was taken.

With two early wickets from Blaise Baker coming down the hill there was a glimmer of hope for T&K.  But this was soon extinguished with 50 not out by Jack Hatton, supported by Leon Horn with 20 not out and the player of the moment, Ethan Guest with 13.  One wicket of note for Bridestowe’s was their overseas, Shaquan Glasgow – the combined ages of those involved in removing him, in Chelsea pensioner speak, “their combined ages – 103.”  (To put it in context the youngest combo Evo can remember was just 26!) Also to think that is more than all the T&K batters mustered between them.  In the end, Bridestowe raced to victory in just 20.3 overs with 6 wickets in hand meaning the 1st XI were licking their wounds back at The Rec before the 2nd XI had finished (and the Red Arrows were still in the air).

Next up for 1st XI is a visit from North Devon CC 1st XI – it will be strange not playing them the last match before the turn.

Torquay and Kingskerswell CC 1st XI              100 all out (43.2 overs)

C Kelmere                                                        40 not out

T Lillywhite                                                       24

E Guest                                                           5-31

B Searle                                                          3-14

Bridestowe CC 1st XI                                      101 for 4 (20.3 overs)

J Hatton                                                           50 not out

V Kulkarni                                                        2-21

B Baker                                                            2-26

Bridestowe CC 1st XI (20 pts)  beat Torquay and Kingskerswell CC 1st XI (4 pts) by 6 Wickets



The 2nd XI played host to Paignton CC 3rd XI at The Rec.

Scanning the field of play there was a rare M(ike)R(yan)I(image)  – for the first time this season both the captain and vice-captain in the XI together.

Torquay won the toss and elected to bowl.  Paignton’s innings was built around Kevin Francis with 47 and Harry Roberts with 21.  Paignton though didn’t bat their overs out – all out for 129 in 29.1 overs.  After his dad’s four wicket haul last week, young Ethan Kulkarni starred with the ball for T&K with 4 for 43.

T&Ks reply got off to a bad start with Mike Pugh out LBW for 1 (the bowler Ella Gill).  T&Ks run chase was ultimately successful, built around Faiz Ebrahim’s 44, supported by Anthony Nadar not out on 36 and Mike Etherington with 21.  T&K reached the target in 35.3 overs with 4 wickets in hand.  The best of the Paignton bowlers were Jon Russell with 2 for 13 and Ella Gill with 2 for 17.

A special mention must be made of the club’s wounded Chair, Steve Waters.  With the Club President committed to life saving work – delivering of blood, and Clive Hayward failing a fitness test, the Chair passed his just and answered the call to don the white coat.  An example of the Chair leading the new club by example.

Next up for the 2nd XI is a trip to take on, yes, Bridestowe CC 2nd XI!

Paignton CC 3rd XI                                          129 all out (29.1 overs)

K Francis                                                          47

H Roberts                                                         21

E Kulkarni                                                         4-43

Torquay and Kingskerswell CC 2nd XI             130 for 6 (35.3 overs)

F Ebrahim                                                         44

A Nadar                                                            36 nout out

J Russell                                                          2-13

E Gill                                                                 2-17

Torquay and Kingskerswell CC 2nd  (20 pts) beat Paignton CC 3rd XI (6 pts) by 4 Wickets


The 3rd XI made the short journey to the former home of Torquay CC 3rd XI – Cockington Court, to take on St Marychurch Old Boys CC 1st XI.

T&K won the toss and elected to field.  The bulk of the runs of the bat for STMOBs came off the bat of Harry Mabbutt with 44 – extras was next best with 30.  The wickets were shared by the star of last week, Preshit Pawar with 2 for 13 and not wanting to be out done by the rest of the family, young Danny Kulkarni with 2 for 30.  There was also a very happy, Leigh Scarff, with 1 for 13 – his first wicket for the 3rd XI.  There was further good news with the return to fitness of Noah Carswell with for 0 for 9 off 5 overs.  STMOBs ended up scoring 129 for 7 in their 40 overs.

In reply, the star of the show for T& K, was Richard Saunter with 66 – the runs being knocked off in just 33.1 overs with 5 wickets in hand.  The best of the STMOBs bowlers was Kurt Dettman with 3 for 27.

Special mention must be made of Mike Davies who came out of retirement to ensure the 3rd XI could field a full XI – this must be a concern having to do this considering how many players are registered.  A reminder from Evo, every casual player registration he has to do equals a can of Export!

Whilst that might be tongue in cheek.  To ensure the weekend report can be completed in a timely fashion.  The result for the 3rd XI does need to get uploaded quicker – Evo does have a life!

Next up for the 3rd XI is a home fixture at Kingskerswell, when they host Abbotskerswell CC 3rd XI.

St Marychurch Old Boys CC 1st XI               129 for 7 (40 overs)

H Mabbutt                                                      44

P Pawar                                                         2-13

D Kulkarni                                                      2-30

Torquay and Kingskerswell CC 3rd XI         130 for 5 (33.1 overs)

R Saunter                                                    66

K Dettman                                                   3-27

Torquay and Kingskerswell CC 3rd  XI (18 pts) beat St Marychurch Olds Boys CC 1st XI (5 pts) by 5  Wickets                                                    

Player of the Day

The C&K side of the club will soon realise a performance by a youngster usually wins the day unless there is something exceptional by a senior player.  Therefore Player of the Day goes to Ethan Kulkarni.

Spectator Watch

Once again it must go to Mrs Kelmere jnr (no longer a cricket widow) and baby Kelmere.


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