St Marychurch Old Boys 189 for 4, Dartington & Totnes II 192 for 4.
D&T seconds were indebted to Tom Petherick’s 106 not out as they got their first win of the season by 6 wickets against St Marychurch Old Boys at Cockington. Tom’s unbeaten ton included 14 fours and 1 six.
Experienced Rob Jack and Molloy had got the Old Boys off to a steady start until Will ‘Kombi’ Wyatt bowled Molloy for 14 and then dismissed new man Barnett with his next delivery, caught by Josh Bowhay at point. Steve Mudge bowled a miserly opening spell but was unable to get a breakthrough as Jack and Chris Mabbutt added 143 runs for the third wicket. Jack, batting with a broken left had, was dropped at point off Bowhay and also at long on off Mick Rusling as D&T missed the few opportunities which came their way. Mick again bowled a good spell but also went wicketless. Jack eventually perished when Gavin bowled him for a well-crafted 94 and Kombi (3 for 26) returning for a second spell had Fleet caught by Keith.
Set 190 to win D&T needed someone to produce a big innings and Tom stepped up to the plate. Tom was a delight on the eye with his Goweresque style and finesse. He combined fine wristy strokes with some forceful drives and was unafraid to use his feet. He got good support from Gavin who scored 15 in an opening stand of 46 and then from Kombi, who had a fine match. Kombi (29) and Tom added 95 for the second wicket and put us in the driving seat. Kombi eventually fell trying to up the scoring rate and holed out at long on. There was a bit of a wobble when Glenn was caught at point and Keld holed out to mid-on but Tom, accelerating towards the end, stayed put to see us home with 5 overs to spare.