Match finishes in 26 overs on minefield at Kingskerswell. (13.06.15)

Paignton III 49 all out ,Dartington & Totnes II 50 for 3

D&T (19 points) beat Paignton III (1 point) by 7 wickets

D&T were amazed when Paignton won the toss and elected to bat on what appeared to be a difficult damp track.  Paignton were soon in trouble as Alex Hartridge and Nick Dennis got stuck into their batting.  Hartridge bagged 3 and Dennis 2 early wickets as Paignton had half their side out with just 9 runs on the board.  The pitch proved to be a minefield and batting was extremely difficult with the bounce very unpredictable.  Young Medlock with 21 was the only Paignton batsman to reach double figures.  HArtridge bowled a splendid spell and finished with 5 for 23 his first fivefor in Senior cricket which surely won’t be his last one.   Dennis also bowled beautifully taking 3 for 24.  Mudge nabbed the last man with his fifth delivery as Paignton were bowled out in 13.5 overs.

In reply D&T lost Jon Perkin lbw  for 2 after he had taken a big stride down the pitch. Tom Petherick , playing his first game of the season was bowled for 17.   Steve Mackinlay continued his good form and had reached 17 with 6 runs needed for victory. Steve then attempted to hit a six only for the ball to hit the back of his bat and smash into his face.  Mackinlay was forced to retire with blood pouring from the bridge of his nose.  Steve, plucky fellow that he is, was keen to continue batting but his teammates talked him out of it.  There was still time for Gavin Colegate to be bowled without troubling the scorers before Alex Hartridge (10 not out) , the man of the match, finished off the job in style with a boundary. D&T had knocked off the runs in 12.4 overs and the match was completed with only 26.3 out of a possible 90 overs being bowled, thanks to some fine bowling and a very batsman unfriendly pitch.

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