Ben stars withthe ball and Colegate boys score 104 for 2 as Seconds ease to comfortable win over Bovey.

Dartington & Totnes(20 points) beat Bovey Tracy (6 points) by 5 wickets.

Ben Hartridge starred with the ball for D&T taking 4 for 25 and the Colegate boys, Neil, Gavin and Glenn, between them scored 104 for 2 wickets to take D&T home for a comfortable win with 13.4 overs to spare.

Bovey elected to bat and opener Richard Wyatt-Hines started off in a confident manner and was soon rattling up runs.   Finlay Porter and Joe Burgess opened the bowling for D&T.   Burgess, who recently became a father, was taking his first cricketing break from childcare duties and struck in his first over when, Senior, offered a simple chance to Mick Rusling at silly mid off.   Porter also produced some good deliveries and almost had Wyatt-Haines caught at point when James Hartridge dived spectacularly to take the ball one-handed only for the impact with the ground to knock it out of his grasp.  Wyatt-Hines found a willing partner in Sam Russell, and with the pair scoring at six an over, they put on 48 runs for the second wicket.

Skipper Gavin Colegate brought on Ben Hartridge and Mick Rusling in a successful attempt to exert more control.  The miserly pair bowled eighteen overs between them conceding only 46 runs. Hartridge got a breakthrough in his first over bowling Russell for 22.  Rusling bowled Tony England for 3 before Hartridge picked up the next 3 wickets dismissing Lawton and two Harveys cheaply as the middle order collapsed.   Wyatt-Haines continued but became much more circumspect with the realisation that if Bovey were to set a competitive total he bore the lion’s share of the responsibility.

The pacey Will Wyatt (2 for 24) came on and trapped Bishop lbw for 7 and then took the important wicket of Wyatt- Haines as he advanced down the track and Josh Orrall stumped him for 52 with Bovey on 121 for 8.  Things looked bleak for Bovey but the tail still had some wag left in it and Sam England and Pittman added 40 for the ninth wicket before Glenn Colegate (2 for 33) trapped England lbw for 14 and then bowled Briddock for 1, leaving Pitman unbeaten on 17.

Gavin and Neil Colegate opened for D&T and were soon in control putting on 54 for the first wicket before Gavin was surprisingly caught off S England for 22.  Wyatt came to the crease and was soon the victim of a puzzling lbw decision, he set off for a leg bye and was almost run out scrambling back.   All eyes were on the square leg umpire, Darren Colegate, as Bovey were appealing for a run out, Darren’s finger stayed down but the Bovey umpire raised his finger and Wyatt was back in the pavilion.  Neil Carried on serenely and found  willing partner in Orrall who scored 28 before sportingly offering a catch off Pitman.

It seemed Neil would carry his bat but he eventually fell for 61 with D&T almost home.  There was still time for another puzzling lbw.  James Hartridge missed a delivery from England (2 for 26) which hit the keeper and rolled back onto the stumps.  Hartridge had not left his crease but the square leg umpire thought otherwise.   Glenn Colegate, with 21 not out,  and Keith Hodgins saw D&T safely home

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