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UPDATED DEVON CRICKET LEAGUE 2024 - ROUND 4 (version 3)

1ST  XI

The 1st XI played host to Thorverton CC 1st XI – hoping to beat the rain and come away with a win.

The  match saw the return to action of Josh Hunt, one of only two survivors from Evo’s match 400. (In light of longevity being the buzz word with Jimmy Anderson’s pending retirement. Match 400 was so long ago; Blaise Baker would have only been one and Harry Passenger all of three.)

Prior to the match. Evo had to take friendly stick form one of the umpires over the fact the Chairperson’s article on the website was a little out of date.  Whilst it was only friendly stick from a member of the old Kingskerswell CC, Evo wasn’t a happy chap as he couldn’t really defend it especially as he had done all he could to ensure it had been updated.

Thorverton won the toss and elected.  Where do you start with stories from their innings?  Evo is pleased to report with both Baker boys playing there wasn’t a Wallace and Gromit “incident” this week with shirts!   Next up, T&K got through their first 17 overs so quick there was a mad panic about Drinks – fortunately young Emily Passenger adverted disaster having arrived with minutes to spare!  There was then a case was it a six, wasn’t it a six, was it a six – confusion reigned, but there was perfect sportsmanship from Blaise Baker who persuaded the umpires it was a six.  The Baker family can’t seem to keep out the stories.  After a wild throw which lead to four overthrows, the family dogs were put to good use – finding the ball in the long grass.  Oh yes nearly forgot the 5 penalty runs – have no fear not a disciplinary issue, just a hit helmet.

Top scorer for Thorverton was Alistair Chilcott with 42 followed by Henry Squire with 41 and Brendan Cortzee with 40.  These were followed by a concerning amount of extras which included 14 wides.  On the bowling front, Vivek Kulkarni rolled back the years with a vintage performance taking 4 for 35, bowling his 10 overs on the bounce.  Vivek was supported by Ritesh Dabhade with 3 for 36.  Thorverton scored 196 for 8 in their 50 overs.

In reply, T&K got off to a flyer in their bid to beat the rain.  Fresh from international duty, Tim Western scored 34 and Chris Kelmere got 21.  The latter was caught off a ball that if hadn’t been batting so far out his crease would have been a full toss no ball.  With the openers both back in the pavilion it became the Nathan Roux and Harry Passenger roadshow, Roux finishing undefeated on 59 and Passenger undefeated on 68 – an undefeated 3rd wicket partnership of 123 which saw T&K home with over 20 overs to spare.  In all his years, Evo had seen very few run chases which had been so brutal and he is also pleased to note T&K players went looking for balls that went out the ground.

There was certainly some positive comments from the Thorverton scorer at the end of the match with how quickly the "youngsters" of T&K got the fielding discs in, as he said at his the club the "85 year old groundsman would have been left to do it" - thank you to those who did it.

Next up for the 1st XI is a trip into the unknown - a visit to take on Bridestowe CC 1st XI.


Thorverton CC 1st XI                                       196 for 8 (50 overs)

A Chilcott                                                          42

H Squire                                                            41

B Cortzee                                                          40

V Kulkarni                                                         4-45

R Dabhade                                                       3-36


Torquay and Kingskerwell CC 1st XI            197 for 2 (29 overs)

H Passenger                                                68 not out

N Roux                                                        59 not out


Torquay and Kingskerswell CC 1st  XI (19 pts) beat Thorverton CC 1st XI (4 pts) by 8 Wickets

 

2ND XI

The 2nd XI ventured onto Dartmoor to take on Whitchurch Wayfarers CC 1st XI

At the toss it was a case of is it a plane, no, is it superman, no, it’s Mike Etherington – the lesser spotted skipper finally in his whites.  However, if Mike was Batman (think the word is acceptable in the context), then Robin had taken flight again.

T&K won the toss and elected to field.  No Whitchurch Wayfarers batters scored more than 20 so Extras with 29 was the highest scorer in their total of 135 all out in 44 overs.  The best T&K bowler was Towkir Chowdhury for 4 for 20 who was well supported by Ethan Kulkarni who clearly wanted to keep it in the family with 3 for 13.

T&K did go out to bat in the hope of beating the weather but having reached 40 for 1 after 10 overs, the match was Abandoned – extras being top scorer with 18.

Sadly, though it must be reported, the 2nd XI travelled without a scorer.  With playing resources stretched meaning both standbys are now regularly in whites - this is something which clearly needs addressing.  Evo, as a result has immediately offered to train any willing volunteers to avoid such an unacceptable occurrence happening in the future.  Any volunteers just email nevanson@hotmail.com

Next up for the 2nd XI is hosting Paignton CC 3rd XI at The Rec next weekend.


Whitchurch Wayfarers CC 1st XI                  135 all out (45 overs)

Extras                                                            29

T Chowdhury                                                 4-20

E Kulharni                                                      3-13


Torquay and Kingskerswell CC 2nd XI         40 for 1 (10 overs)

Extras                                                          18


Match Abandoned – Torquay and  Kingskerswell CC 2nd XI (14 pts) & Whitchurch Wayfarers CC 1st  XI (11 pts)

 

3RD XI

The 3rd XI were on their travels to take on Cullompton CC 4th XI at Plymtree CC (3.5 miles south of Cullompton).  They won the toss and elected to bowl.

Bowling nice and straight, Preshit Pawar claimed 7 for 24 – all bowled.  The top scorer for Cullompton was Andrew Marshall with 43 before the Rossin double act claimed his wicket.  Cullompton could only muster 88 in 23.3 overs.

In reply, T&K got off to a good start before injury struck, Steve Waters going in the arm – Evo is still waiting for the report for the ECB Injury Survey!  However, a captain’s knock of 44 by Matt Rossin saw T&K over the line easily by 7 wickets.  The best of the Cullompton bowler’s was Matt Land with 2 for 10.

A final note, Evo is hoping and praying even without a scorer there isn’t a repeat of the scorecard discrepancies of the previous weekend hopefully his offer in the 2nd XI report will bear fruit in the weeks to come but “you can lead horses to water but you can't make them drink.”

Next up for the 3rd XI is a visit to the former home of Torquay CC 3rd XI to take on St Marychurch Old Boys CC 1st XI when they are likely to run into a Torquay CC old boy, Rob Jack, who currently represents Devon CCC O60s 2nd XI.

Cullompton CC 4th XI                                     88 all out (23.3 overs)

A Marshall                                                       43

P Pawar                                                          7-24

Torquay and Kingskerswell CC 3rd XI         89 for 3 (17.3 overs)

M Rossin                                                     44

M Land                                                        2-10

Torquay and Kingskerswell CC 3rd XI  (20 pts) beat Cullompton 4th XI (3 pts) by 7 Wickets


Player of the Day

Well it was a bit of a Strictly Come Dancing Moment this weekend with the “7” wickets from Preshit Pawar.  Sadly with Play Cricket playing up the corrected scoresheet was too late to make Preshit a candidate for DCL Player of the Day.

Spectator Watch

Mention must be made of the injured Harry Baxendale who still supported the 1st XI – little did he realise though, Thorverton had a vet in their side who could have put him down.

 

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