2s go down to 1st defeat of season as skipper’s tossing skills desert him

Dartington & Totnes II 102 all out,  Ivybridge II 104 for 5

Ivybridge (18 points) beat D&T (3 points) by 5 wickets

Dartington & Totnes second eleven suffered their first defeat of the season in a match in which  the toss proved crucial.  Both captains came into the match with 100% success records for winning the toss.  On this occasion D&T skipper Mike Jarvis’ tossing skills let him down as Ivybridge skipper Mike Tucknell won and asked D&T to bat, on a pudding of a pitch.

Shot-playing was difficult on the damp, slow track which had very low bounce.  Openers Jarvis and Taylor batted diligently against accurate opening  bowling from the Newman brothers, putting on 26 for the first wicket before Dan Newman trapped Paul Taylor lbw for 7.  Jarvis and Gavin Colegate put on 24 for the second wicket before Colegate(3) was bowled by Tommy Newman and Zac Sheppard followed soon afterwards caught off Tommy Newman (2 for 22).

D&T had seen off the opening bowlers and seemed well placed with 7 wickets intact but the introduction of Sijo Kopparambil  into the attack heralded a remarkable collapse as D&T went from 72 for 3 to 76 for 8.  Jarvis and Nikheel  Jina had taken the score to 72, before Jina played back to Kopparambil and was bowled for 4.  Kopparambil  took five more wickets finishing with the remarkable statistics of 6 for 4 in a spell of 8.5 overs.  Jarvis played a captain’s innings of 43 but few other batsmen troubled the scorers.  David Carter  (11 not out) showed application with support from Rusling and Pete Glen, Carter shepherded  the score along to enable D&T to claim a solitary batting bonus point for topping 100- with 23 extras in the total.

Defending a substandard total, D&T made a good start with Mick Rusling taking the first 4 wickets.  Opener Chris Greenhouse (20) batted well until David Carter produced a beauty to shatter his timbers  and  Ivybridge were 61 for 5.  D&T began to sense an unlikely victory but persistent light rain had taken the shine off the ball and made it hard to grip for the bowlers.  Good batting from Mike Tuckwell, 33 not out and Des Solomon, 11 not out, saw Ivybridge comfortably home .    click here for scoresheet   D&TvIvybridge 23.6.12

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