The 1st XI played host to North Devon CC 1st XI in a beast of a match.

Firstly, Evo must inform the 1st XI but for two O50s (one not a player) that on Friday night there would have been a breach of DCL regulations – none covering of the wicket 24 hours before the match.  But for the O50s there could have been some difficult conversations had the rain got worse in the morning.

The match saw Rob Shergold dust off his bowling boots and come out of semi-retirement at the request of brother-in-law, Chris Kelmere.  Why a beast of a match you ask?  Well we all know 111 made famous by North Devon’s most famous son, David Shepherd = Nelson.  Well according to T&Ks very own man of words, Jack Critchlow, 666 = Number of the Beast.  Well Evo has reached match 666 going back to 1989 – somewhat appropriate with the Shep’s connection.

Special mention must be made of master photographer Fiona Tyson for taking the photo and the co-operation Of North Devon’s skipper Jack Moore.

If anyone wants to donate to the David Shepherd Cricket Trust the link us https://www.dsct111.org.uk/ - certainly the old Torquay CC has benefited in the past.

T&K won the toss and elected to bowl.  Blaise Baker’s first over unfortunately set the tone for the innings – a runs feast.  Dan Bowser got North Devon off to a flyer with 45 despite sustaining a finger injury.  It then became the Jack Show – Jack Whittaker with 109 and captain, Jack Moore with 104, before a late cameo of 49 by Roshan Lakmal.  No T&K bowler took more than one wicket as North Devon scored a run for every day of a non- leap year for the loss of just 5 wickets.  Mention must be made of young Bobby Western claiming his first 1st League Wicket – claiming the wicket of Jack Moore.  One moment of interest though was when Chris Kelmere did a Steve Finn and was no bowled for knocking the bails off as he bowled.  

T&K got off to a flyer on mission impossible with Tim Western scoring 45 and Chris Kelmere scoring 69.  With those two out it was left to Nathan Roux who eventually fell on 110 and captain, Harry Passenger who scored 35 to still give T&K hope.  Once they were out, the chase was sadly over with Roshan Lakmal claiming 4 for 54.  A note to Rob Shergold, you might not have played recently but you still need to wear a box! (Jade don't panic he realised before he faced a ball.)  T&K finished on 318 for 9.

Whilst alarm bells aren’t ringing yet and in the words of Corporal Jones, “don’t panic”, T&K are now languishing in 7th place in the A Division.

Next up for the 1st XI is Aaron Printers Cup action this Thursday away to Brixham CC 1st XI before a trip to take on Abbotskerswell CC 1st XI where they are likely to run into James Tyler and Nick Watkin both formerly of this parish.

North Devon CC 1st XI                                    365 for 5 (50 overs)

J Whittaker                                                      109

J Moore                                                           104

R Lakmal                                                           49

D Bowser                                                           45

Torquay and Kingskerswell CC                    318 for 9 (50 overs)

N Roux                                                          110

C Kelmere                                                       69

T Western                                                        45

R Lakmal                                                        4-54

North Devon CC 1st XI (19 pts)  beat Torquay and Kingkserwell CC 1st XI (8 pts) by 47 Runs


Just a week after the 1st XI, the 2nd XI ventured out to Bridestowe CC taking on their 2nd XI – only Tom Lillywhite making both trips

T&K won the toss and asked Bridestowe to have a bat.  Bridestowe’s batting was very much a one person show with Andrew Brimacombe undefeated on 105, Extras was next best on 23.  Bridestowe finished on 208 for 6 in their 45 overs.  The best of the T&K bowlers was Beau “oh my back” Rider with 2 for 47.

The stars of the T&K response was Ryan Hanauer undefeated on 79 and Mike Pugh on 50.  They were supported by Aacameos from Tom Lillywhite with 27.  The best of the Bridestowe bowlers was Sreenath Sunandan with 2 for 35.  T&K won by 5 wickerts with 3 ½ overs to spare.

Next up for the 2nd XI is a home fixture at The Rec when they take on Plympton CC 2nd XI.

Bridestowe CC 2nd XI                                   208 for 6 (45 overs)

A Brimacombe                                              105 not out

B Rider                                                         2-47

Torquay and Kingskerswell CC 2nd XI         211 for 5 (41.3 overs)

R Hanauer                                                   79 not out

M Pugh                                                        50

S Sunandan                                                 2-35

Torquay and Kingskerswell CC 2nd  XI (18 pts) beat Bridestowe CC 2nd XI (7 pts) by 5 Wickets                                                                            


In the absence of Matt Rossin (confined to scoring duties), the 3rd XI went into battle at home to Abbotskerswell CC 3rd XI under the leadership of Sam Stephens.

T&K won the toss and elected to field.  Only Toby Lovell with 16 managed to get into double figures for Abbotskerswell as they were all out for 61 in just 16.1 overs.  The chief tormentor being Abu Bakar with 4 for 11.

In reply, Sam Stephens lead from the front with 21 as T&K won with 6 wickets in-hand in just 23.3 overs.  The best of the Abbotskerswell bowlers being Cameron Gold with 2 for 1.

Special mention must be made of Matt Scholes for putting his broken body on the line to play despite not being 100% fit and to Steve Waters still leading by example despite his demotion to umpiring the 3rd XI.

Next up for the 3rd XI is hosting Filleigh CC 2nd XI at Kingskerswell next weekend.

Abbotskerswell CC 3rd XI                               61 all out (16.1 overs)

T Lovell                                                          16

A Bakar                                                          4-11

Torquay and Kingskerswell CC 3rd XI            64 for 4 (23.3 overs)

S Stephens                                                    21

C Gold                                                           2-  1

Torquay and Kingskerswell CC 3rd  XI (19 pts) beat Abbotskerswell CC 3rd XI (3 pts) by 6 Wickets


Player  of the Day

Despite his knock being in vein, this week it goes to Nathan Roux,


Spectator  Watch

There was several notable appearances around the boundary including birthday boy, Mike Hunt, former midweek stalwart, John Morris, Neil Matthews the current Devon CCC O60s 2nd XI skipper who for many years played at The Rec and Evo’s first captain when he took the 2nd XI on way back in 1986, Colin Davey.  Camp Kelmere also expanded with the return of Rob Shergold and it also had a guest visitor, Dave Chandler, formerly of Paignton parish - his first match since Covid.  


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