Dartington & Totnes II 141 for 7 Barton II 36 all out
D&T won by 105 runs
D&T produced a remarkable performance to inflict a crushing defeat on opposition from several Divisions higher. Batting hero for D&T was local teacher, Nikheel Jina, making his debut for the Club-his first match in six years. Jina ensured D&T produced a competitive total before the bowlers produced some fireworks to shoot Barton out for just 36 in 12.2 overs.
Skipper David Carter won the toss and chose to bat on a grey evening. Jina, playing his first match in six years, opened the batting with Gavin Colegate and showed aggression from the outset, being unafraid to take the aerial route.
After a steady start for D&T, Styles trapped Colegate lbw for 7. Tom Petherick came down to earth, after his match winning 93 on the previous weekend, when Pete Gartrell- a Dartington old boy-had him caught without troubling the scorers. Jina and Liam Bligh then put on 49 in six overs, before Bligh was lbw for 17. Chris Life was run out for 7, Angus Wilson made 8 and, other than 33 extras, it was all Jina thoroughly enjoying himself. Jina chanced his arm, as twenty over cricket requires, but fortune favoured the brave as he batted through the innings scoring 68 not out with 5 fours and a six.
Carter and Mick Rusling opened the bowling for D&T with Barton finding runs hard to come by against the parsimonious pair. Carter struck in his second over to bowl Brothwell and Rusling bowled opener, Bowker. Barton were struggling at 13 for 2 after six overs but nobody had an inkling of the carnage which was to follow in the next six.
Jono Colegate bowled Palmer for 5, but the introduction of Dave Griffiths was the real turning point; three wickets falling in three balls in his first over. Farkins dispatched Griffiths’ loosener to the boundary but was then well caught by Bligh. Josh Thomas’ fine direct hit from mid-wicket ran out Farley and then Griffiths trapped Barton skipper, S Bowker, plum in front.
After Colegate bowled Wood, Griffiths’ next over produced two more wickets. Gartrell had a rush of blood, charged down the pitch and keeper Life whipped off the bails. Griffiths then bowled Styles for a duck reducing Barton to a remarkable 23 for 9. Griffiths’ figures were 4 for 6 at this point.
Barton rallied briefly with Hamilton striking a couple of boundaries in making 11 not out. Proceedings were ended when Jono Colegate picked up his third scalp (3 for 5) when Jina caught Wreyford.
D&T have another home tie in the next round against Abbotskerswell or Stoke Gabriel on Tuesday 31st May and hope for a bumper crowd.