Firsts just fall short against Whitchurch

Dartington and Totnes 112 all out , Whitchurch Wanderers 113 for 9

Whitchurch (16 points)  beat D&T (5 points) by one wicket

D&T’s first XI just came second in thrilling encounter at Foxhole.

After scoring 260 the previous week D&T’s batsmen had every reason to feel confident but their confidence slowly oozed away, with Whitchurch’s slow bowlers  in the driving seat on a difficult track.

Put in to bat D&T soon lost openers Haw and Huxtable.  After his ton the previous week Ben van Niekerk  made 18 before being bowled by off spinner,  Marc Kerswell, who was virtually unplayable, taking 3 for 6 in nine overs.  Only Chris Cook performed with the bat and was last man out for 35.  Wickets fell at frequent intervals and  other than skipper, James Howrihane, nobody could stay in with Cook.   Howrihane offered some resistance as he and Cook added 32 for the seventh wicket before he became a victim of Billy Barriball (3 for 13).  It would have been even worse for D&T had not extras chipped in with 24.

In reply Whitchurch got off to a relative flier, scoring 40 before losing a wicket.  Van Niekerk (2 for 16) struck removing Elliot (15) and Towel (21),  Loots bowled Charlie Barriball and Sherrell was run out, as Whitchurch slumped to 45 for 4.  Billy Barriball hit 27 but wickets kept tumbling with Adam Huxtable taking 2 for 12.  When the ninth wicket fell Whitchurch’s last pair, Kerswell and Sambells, needed to score 19 runs and D&T were now favourites to win. However, Sambells slogged a couple of fours as the delighted pair saw Whitchurch home much to D&T’s chagin.

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