A win would bring the team closer to a 3rd consecutive Western Division title, with only Wales to play
(away) the following week, so to win the toss was important.
That achieved, Devon got off to a solid start, with 35 on the board, before the loss the two openers, but Keen (83) & Coe (54) settled the innings with a 150 run partnership, Matthews boosting the score over the 200's with a quick 19 n.o. taking the score to 230 at tea.
Hutchinson, leading Division run scorer, took the visitors up to 116 for 2 at the half way stage, and it looked bright for Somerset at just under six an over.
Paul Berman (4 for 42) & the return of Graham Darke (3 for 25) put pay to that myth, wiping out the middle order, and eventually Somerset subsided to 206 all out.
This match certainly had Devon as the underdogs as they had qualified as best 4th place team and were effectively ranked 16th out of 16 at this stage of the tournament. Warwickshire had gone through their League unbeaten having won 6 of their 7 games and tied the other.
Whether these factors played on the mind of Graham Munday at the toss only he will know, but with Munders putting Warwickshire into bat and them reaching 161-0 after 30 overs things seemed to only be going one way! The opening pair for the home side played some classy shots off all Devon could throw at them and when Steve Luffman dropped a difficult chance off David Hawkes (on 70 at the time) a few heads may well have dropped. However, Terry Farkins eventually got the break through with Hawkes (80) being pouched by Charlie Dibble at mid on.
Things didn’t immediately improve as the ball still got caressed and sometimes bludgeoned around by Eames and Daniels to take the score to 200-1. Eames then hoisted a pull to deep square leg off the impressive bowling of Paul Nott where Keith Biggs gratefully accepted the skier. It was at this point that Devon’s fortunes took as turn and 200-2 became 244-7 as wickets tumbled at regular intervals to Dibble, Biggs, Munday and Nott.
The most bizarre dismissal was the bowling of skipper Bissett by his counterpart Munday as the fizzing ball caught in the nether region of the Warwickshire man who then turned to make his ground only to kick the ball onto his stumps! Lusty blows from Gardner took the score to 267-8 at the close but Devon had been looking down the barrel of a 300+ score and considered this to be a gettable total on a very benign track. Wicket takers for Devon were the impressive Nott 2-29, Farkins 1-47, Dibble 1-45, Biggs 2-60 and Munday 2-37. Credit too has to go to the irrespressible and faultless Lucketti who encouraged and lifted his team at a number of difficult points during the innings.
In reply, Devon made a very impressive and healthy start as Roger Wensley regularly found the middle of his bat and hit half a dozen 4’s in as many overs to get his team off to a flier. Neil Murrin ably supported him but Norm was deceived by a slower delivery and was caught in the covers with the score on 43.
Steve Luffman came in at 3 and announced himself to the opposition in the customary (it seems) Luffman fashion with a huge 6 over mid wicket. Sadly, his partnership with Roger didn’t bear much more fruit as Wensley tried one lusty blow too many and was caught for 28. In strode Richard Pyle with heavy bat and runs in mind.
The ball was stroked around by both batsman with relative ease and at the halfway stage Devon were about 100-2 with no real risks being taken. Not long after drinks, Luffman was dropped off a skier in the covers and this spill proved to be a decisive incident for the home team. Pyle and Luffers then got into their stride and matched each other both in runs and heavy blows for 4. Both got to their fifties within an over of the other and the run rate of 8.11 at one stage started to fall ever so slightly as Warwickshire tired in the field.
Pyle then really opened his shoulders as the home team’s bowling attack became weaker with the 5th and 6th bowlers. Wides were racking up and Devon reduced the run rate to 72 off 10. That never proved to be a problem though particularly after Luffman had hit 11 off 3 balls in one over and Pyley smashed 3 fours in a row in the next. The Warwickshire total was passed with 7 balls to go with Pyle on 113 not out and Luffman on 95. This partnership of 213 was just outstanding and left the home side shell-shocked.
Devon over 50’s now travel the short distance to Sidmouth this Sunday to play Staffordshire in the quarter finals. 1pm start.
As a spectator, this was even more exciting, than what was happening at Edgebaston...sadly, there has to be a loser, and it was Devon!
Sheps (46) and still getting out in the 40's, won the toss again & batted, putting on 70 for the 2nd wicket with Keen (53) and then the momentum, just like the previous match, fell away again, and Devon struggled to 196 for 6, Pete Rose 29n.o.
Cheshire, at 28 for 3, then 83 for 6, seemed to be out of it, then came the onslaught with the Pinto/McLeod (53 n.o.& 68 n.o.) side show, knocking 'off' the remaining runs up to the last over, and squeezing in by 5 balls at 200 for 6.
Man of the match: Reehan Caryl 18.104.22.168 ably supported by Darkey & Amers.
Debutant Alastair Ashworth, 2 for 15 off 4, but then went for a few, as did Rosey & Rose, but no-one would have got off 'lightly' in the Pinto/McLeod boundary show, raining 4's & 6's...20 in all.
The perfect day for a game of Cricket, made even better by winning the toss!
Openers Sheps (45) & Andy Rose (75), not to be confused with the other Rosey, got Devon 'off' to a sound start, putting on 90 in 15 overs, but then the hosts were becalmed.
A slight middle order collapse, brought the side to 160 for 5 with 10 overs left, so Nigel Mountford (33 n.o.) held the innings together, and Devon eventually got to 223 for 8.
Worcestershire in reply, seemed not to be in pursuit of this total, until the last 15 overs, when they came very close to pulling off an unlikely win at 190 for 9, bowling honours shared about with Amery, Giles, Berman, Caryl & Darke...and TWO stumpings from Mountford.
Devon Over 50s 2nd XI made the arduous trip to Carmarthen to play group winners elect, Wales, with only 10 players due to a pull out through injury on Tuesday evening.
Disappointingly no-one come forward to fill the spare place, so it was always going to be a battle on a good wicket, with a fast outfield and short boundary. Wales won the toss and batted, with neither opener giving a chance in reaching their 100s. An opening stand of ??? was finally broken by Keith Bell bowling ???? for 105. ???? went on to make 147 not out, giving his only chance on 143, towards a 45-over total of 316 for 1. Shaun Taylor was Devon’s most economical bowler, his 8 overs going for a meagre 32 under the circumstances.
The target of 7.02 runs per over was daunting, but Brian Cann and Phil Bees got Devon off to a decent start with 7? off ?? overs before Bees snicked behind for 23. Steve Preston was run out at the bowler’s end before Cann and Jeff Heath put on ??, which ended with the former edging behind for 62.
Heath continued to keep Devon interested with some classic shots before he was run out by a direct throw for 40. Bell and Alan Boon added another ?? and when Boon was out Nigel Piddock joined Bell (2? not out) to get the score up to 212 for 5 at the end of the allotted overs.
Thanks go to every single player that made the trip and to Bill Pinhey for umpiring and Pete ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne for scoring.
Devon Over 50s 2nd XI made the most of winning the toss to record their second win of the season versus Wiltshire at Dartington.
The teams waited for almost two hours for the rain to stop and were virtually at the point of giving up when the clouds cleared and the dun came out, allowing a 30 over game starting at 2.45pm.
As water had got under the covers, skipper Bees had no hesitation in asking Wiltshire to bat and the first 5 or 6 overs were very tricky. Five bowlers were employed and everyone took at least a wicket, with Charlie Woolnough taking 3 for 32. Shaun Taylor’s six overs went for just nine runs.
No-one really got going for Wiltshire and they ended on 128 for 8 as the wicket got easier to bat on.
Brian Cann did what none of the Wiltshire batters could do and played a match-winning innings, opening up and finishing on 77 not out as the target was reached with three overs to spare, Steve Harris (??), Bees (11) and Graham Peach (12 not out) kept Cann company along the way to complete a comfortable win.
Thanks go to Bill Pinhey for umpiring and to Harold Stevenson and his team at Dartington for ensuring we got a game.
The 50s 2nd XI have three matches remaining, away to Gloucestershire at Kings Stanley next Thursday, away to Wiltshire at Marlborough on the 15th of July, before finishing up with a home game versus Somerset at Chudleigh on the 19th of July.
The team travelled to Kings Stanley expecting a tough game against a side that had come away with a convincing win last time out at Ipplepen in May.
Gloucestershire won the toss and chose to bat and at 88 for 0 after 17 overs, it looked like Devon would be chasing 300+. The luckless Shaun Taylor, with four LBW shouts turned down was withdrawn from the attack after bowling six overs and was replaced by Charlie Woolnough. Charlie’s first over went for 13 and after two overs he had 0-20. Keith Bell bowled a tidy opening spell finishing with 0-29 off his nine overs. What followed was complete capitulation as Gloucester were bowled out for 124 in 28.2 overs, with Woolnough picking up an incredible 6-30 off 8.2 overs and Tim Cooke, who had replaced Bell, weighing in with 4-25 off 5 overs as Devon fought their way back into the match.
125 to win, then, should be straightforward. Not a bit like it as Gloucester adopted an ‘appeal for everything, we will eventually get one’ tactic and Brian Cann was adjudged LBW to a ball that looked as if it was going over the top of the stumps for a very rare failure. This was after Steve Harris was out caught second ball to one that seemed to stop on him; Devon were 8 for 2. When Jeff Heath was run out after a mix-up, for a rapid 18 after scoring all the runs in his partnership with Graham Peach, we were 26 for 3 and 125 looked a long way off. Skipper Bees repaired the damage with Peach, putting on 48 for the 4th wicket to take the score up to 74, before Peach lost patience against tight bowling and was bowled for 29. With support from Nigel Piddock, debutant Kevin Slynn and Woolnough, Bees got the score up to 103 for 7 and was then joined by Bell, who stayed to the end, as the skip finally started to score a bit more freely to reach his 50 with the winning boundary.
A fine team effort on a lovely summer’s day – now looking forward to Wiltshire away at Marlborough next Wednesday, before the final group game at home to Somerset at Chudleigh on the following Sunday.
After a very tasty breakfast 'A La Bob Macey's' at Curry Rivel...incidentally his new Pub acquisition opens in December 2015, all Devon Seniors members invited to the opening 'bash' details to follow...Sheps lost the toss, which in hindsight wasn't that bad, Devon bowlers turned the screws from the word GO.
New debutant Mike Giles, & seasoned pro' Graham Darke, hardly let Somerset score a run in the first 10 overs, & even after 22, Somerset had only crept to 48 for 2.
Somerset's Duguid (64) kept the innings alive, although he took no risks, and Devon seemed to wilt a little in the heat, probably giving away too many 4 balls in the last 15 overs, and allowing Somerset to get to 173 for 5, bowling honours shared between Reehan, Darke & Giles.
Devon openers got off to a crisp start, 35 runs flowing off the bat in the first 5 overs, with a fair amount of help from Mr Extras, then Keen (65 n.o.) & Coe (48) sealed the game for Devon, with a match winning partnership of over a 100...Devon winning by a huge margin of 7wkts.
Winning the toss on a hot Summer's day always helps. Devon duly batted first with the intention of batting the opposition out of the game, and indeed that is what happened.
A magnificent 92 n.o. by Vice Capt' Richard Coe, useful contributions from A Rose (43) Matthews, P.Rose & Mountford, gave the impetus for 'Coey' to smack the opposition all around the ground, and at tea Devon had reached 241 for 5.
Cheshire made a spirited attempt, at first, and were well above the run chase at 91 for 1 off 22 overs, until 'Rosey' SNR came on to bowl.
A 5wkt return in any form of the game is hard to achieve, but he did it, in fact with great aplomb...5 for 21 off 9overs...Cheshire subsided to 195 for 9.
An opening stand of 50 between Sheps (66) & Andy Rose, laid the foundation for a large score 245 for 4, with Keen (71) & useful contributions from Mathews & Pete Rose.
The bowling opening partnership of Gambie & Darke has worked particularly well this year, this was no exception, with Devon strangling the opposition, with wickets regularly tumbling, Caryl, Berman & Rose all in the wickets column, and an easy victory for the hosts.
After the disappointing defeat against Wales and the rain-off against Wiltshire, Devon Over 50s 2nd XI kick-started their season with a fine win over Somerset at Taunton Deane. Captain Bees correctly called ‘tails’ and had no hesitation in batting first on what looked a belter of a track.
Cann and Peach opened up and got to 36 in 10 overs before Peach was caught and bowled for 8, bringing Pyle to the wicket. A partnership of 74 followed, before Cann was adjudged LBW to a ball that looked a tad high for 42. Heath and Preston went relatively cheaply before Petherbridge joined Pyle to move the score from 157 for 4 to 210 for 5 in 8 overs when the former departed for 22. Pyle added another 14 with Boon before he holed out at long off for a splendid 97 with 9 fours and 2 sixes off 105 balls.
The innings closed shortly after with what we thought was maybe a 10 or so under par 230 for 6, although the wicket had shown a few signs of deterioration towards the end of the innings.
After rather good refreshment, which was eloquently described by Petherbridge as a ‘bat second tea’, we took the field with high expectations. Boon and Taylor opened up and Boon removed both Somerset openers in a straight nine over spell to finish with an excellent 2 for 16. Bell replaced Taylor and had two wickets of his own for 33 runs as Somerset continued to fall behind the asking rate. Cooke came on after Boon had finished and bamboozled the batsmen on his way to 3 for 22 off 9. 60 for 2 became 94 for 6 and then 110 for 9. Petherbridge chipped in with 1 for 16 off his 9 overs, which could have been better had it not been for a couple of dropped catches and Taylor returned to mop up the tail to finish with 2 for 30 after a pretty tedious last few overs.
A good team performance resulting in a win by 106 runs has got us up and running, as we look forward to a home match against Gloucestershire at Ipplepen next Thursday.
Thanks to Bill Pinhey for umpiring and to Pete ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne for scoring.
It was good that the summer decided to turn up for our visit to the Isle of Wight and on winning the toss the skipper had no hesitation in batting first.
However it was not a good start when Dave Tall was bowled, mush to his surprise, in the second over. Suggestions that his pre-match preparation might not have been were vehemently denied by him! Soon the score was racing along as Steve Luffman hit the ball hard, high and sometimes through the hands of the IOW fielders. When Neil Murrin was bowled Roger Wensley came in and with the worries of captaincy no longer his he played with freedom, hitting his second ball over mid-off for four. Unfortunately Roger forgot that he was no longer 25 and was run out attempting a fourth!! Perhaps running instead of walking the dog might be required?
Richard Pyle hit a big six but was then involved in a calling mix-up and was also run out. Meanwhile Steve continued to hit the ball around the ground before finally succumbing for an excellent 95 which included 8 fours and 4 sixes. With a further 50 runs being scored in the last 8 overs with good running between the wickets Devon closed their innings on 233-8 and the captain felt that this would be enough.
Graeme Wilson and Paul Nott opened up and kept things very tight and after 10 overs IOW had only scored 35 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. Terry Farkins replaced Paul and kept things equally under control. Finally after a number of LBW appeals he bowled the other opener and went on, like Graeme to bowl his 9 overs straight through for excellent figures of 1-29, Graeme returned figures of 1-27 off his quota.
Mark Heather then came on and bowled an excellent spell, taking 3-42, with only Morey causing Devon any problems as he ended on 87 not out. Devon’s new wicketkeeper Peter Lucketti did an excellent job behind the sticks, the highlight being the stumping he took off Paul Nott.
So a good start to the campaign which made the long journey home much the easier. Next up Wiltshire on the 24th May.
Devon continued their winning ways with anther hard fought victory against Wiltshire. Devon batting fist owed their total of 220 to two batsmen, Peter Whitby -74 and Barry Fricker – 91. Clearly their innings on a wicket with little bounce proved a decisive factor.
In reply Wiltshire got off to an excellent start and after 25 over’s were 96 for 4. Apart from Stuart Lott 9 over’s 2 wickets for 27 runs all bowlers found it difficult to keep the runs down and with 19 wides bowled Wiltshire were always in the race. An excellent innings from Tim Mynott – 93 ended when he was bowled by Peter Druce and very quickly the Wiltshire innings came to a close.
Devon 22 points, Wiltshire 7.
Man of the Match Barry Fricker.
Devon Over 50s 2nd XI opened their season at Ivybridge with a disappointing 58 run defeat at the hands of the group winners for the last two years, Wales. With the opponents looking even stronger than last year, they batted first and got off to slow but steady start, the openers getting to 40 before Mark Heather had Sutton caught by Alan Boon. After 25 overs Wales were 82 for 1 and accelerated to 208 for 5 at the close of their innings with Bennett making 62 and Donovan 45 before what seemed to be a tactical retirement to allow the hitters to come in. Our youngest player at 49 years, 1 month and 1 day, Dave Petherbridge had most success with the ball, taking 3 for 50 in 8 overs.
In reply the fall of early wickets didn’t help as Devon stumbled from 19 for 2 to 48 for 4 and then 107 for 8. Richard Pyle top-scored with 37 and there was a late partnership of 43 by Jon Carr (24 n.o.) and Nigel Piddock (19 n.o.) as we scraped together 150 for 8.
Thanks go to Ivybridge CC for staging the game, to Chris Shelton for umpiring and Jackie Lancaster for scoring.
Chudleigh's mainly 1st XI (average age about 21) won toss and made 11 old men (average age about 54) field in the drizzle, thumping their bowling to all corners. A few decent catches were held but mostly the spherical soap evaded ancient hands. Eventually Chudleigh reached 190-9 from their 40 overs, attained in 3 interrupted spells of accelerating play. Doughty performances from all 7 Devon bowlers who stuck well to the tricky task, with the wickets well shared around (Biggs and Heather the pick of the attack, both having hat-trick chances but neither converting). Occasional 'keeper, Luffman, gloved well given the very slippery ball.
During an excellent tea, the final downpour came. Though padded up optimistically, openers Wensley and Peach didn't get to restart. Match abandoned. The Devon players and their ladies mostly stayed for a beer and a chat with the few opposition grown ups; the rest of the Chudleigh youngsters mostly went straight home to watch the snooker final ... or to revise for A-levels!
Fortune smiled for Devon...Winning the toss was a deciding factor!
O'60's 2nd XI continued their success with a victory over GLOS on their own doorstep, by 6wkts.
A stunning bowling & fielding display ensured Glos were limited to only 116.
Debutant Andy Rose came to the party with 4 for 28 off 8 overs, well supported by Darke, Gambie, Pete Rose, & Reehan Caryl, all with excellent figures.
Chasing down a small total is never easy, especially on a wicket with the ball moving sideways, but Shephard (43) Coe (23) & a match winning knock from Flicker (33 n.o.)
got Devon over the line in the 43rd over.
Special mention to Eddie Clarke for fulfilling the 12th man duties with aplomb.
Next game is against Cheshire at Frocester CC on Thursday 14/5/15 1.30pm start
Devon Over 60s 1st X1 opened their season with a narrow win over group favourites Somerset at Exmouth Cricket Club.
Devon batting first scored a fine 248 for 7with good knocks by Eames 41 ,Newing 51 Canning 51no with all batsmen making good contributions. This should have been a daunting task for Somerset but poor bowling by Devon gave encouragement to the Somerset batsmen. Needing 16 runs off the last over they closed on 242 for 6
Pick of the bowlers were R Eames 3 for 43 off 9 overs, D Amery 1 for 31 off 9 overs.
Man of the match Bob Eames.
Devon 22 points Somerset 8 points
Next game is against Wiltshire at Bovey Tracey CC on Tuesday 12/5/15 1.30pm start
Captain for day Bob Eames won the toss & put the 2nd XI into bat on a lovely sunny day at Bovey.
Openers Shephard (36) & Flicker (40 rt'd) put on 70 for the first wicket, Watts (29) Keen (23) & Watling (18) took the score onto 186 for 5...45 overs, bowlers Amery, Lott, & Fran Pyle impressed with wickets, first game out.
In reply the 1st XI knocked off the runs effortlessly, with 9 overs to spare, Page, Newing, Whitby, all rt'd on 40 with Stanton 35 n.o.at the end, with bowlers Darke & Reehan putting in good performances...
Skipper Andy Gibson put the home side into bat on a very cold winters day.
Devon took an early wicket, but from thereon got severely battered through the leg side by McClenant (146 n.o.) & Mark Harvey (59) and at tea the hosts were 252 for 3, with Berman & Sheps 0 for 117 off 12 overs, but good returns from Amery, P.Rose, Darke & A.Rose.
Asking the Seniors to score at over 6 runs an over, never looked possible and so it was, as they cruised comfortably to 130 for 3 by the close, Matthews (41) Watts (21) & the two not out batsmen Mountford (19) & A. Rose (35).
Next Seniors Friendly match v Ipplepen Seniors MAY 31st 2pm with BBQ