Ones in Corinthian cup action: Winchy stars with bat and pen!

D&T First Eleven were in T20 action on Sunday when they played in the Corninthian Cup against Plymstock and Kenn at Dean Cross.

D&T took on home side Plymstock in the first game with the visitors losing the toss and finding themselves in the field. Plymstock who are a well drilled T20 side batted aggressively from the off punishing the bad ball and running well between the wickets. It took until the 13th over for the first wicket to fall when Tom Mitch was caught by Tyler Walton for 11 off of the bowling of Matt Sevior.

Opener Jason Williams was displaying his class with some innovative stroke play and was untroubled until he was eventually out for 60 off of the bowling of Walton. His partner Scott Mansfield was out soon after caught by keeper Alex Winch off of the bowling of Alex Hartridge for 36.

After Plymstock posted an impressive 168-3, the visitors knew that a tough chase lie ahead.

The opening pair of Josh Orrall and Sevior got D&T off to an aggressive start before Sevior fell for 15 with the score on 20 in the second over. D&T continued with their aggressive approach but lost wickets at regular intervals.

Keeper Alex Winch top scored at number seven with 28 and was able supported by Walton in a partnership of 41 for the 7th wicket. After Winch was out with the score on 114, D&T only scored 2 more runs before they were all out, Plymstock the deserved winners by 54 runs.

There was no rest however for D&T as they found themselves in the second match of the round robin festival against Kenn. Once again D&T found themselves in the field and immediately were under pressure after some aggressive batting from openers Ben Challaner and Patrick Boot. They had taken the score up to 61 in the sixth over before Boot was caught in the deep by Baxendale off of the bowling of Walton for 19.

D&T had to wait until the 14th over for their next wicket when Challaner was caught by Howrihane off of the bowling of Sevior for an aggressive 56. In the search for valuable extra runs, two Kenn batsmen were run out by direct hits from Hartridge and Winch and the Kenn innings closed on 158.

D&T knew they needed to start well and new opener Howrihane gave them just that striking a quick 29 and in turn taking the score to 44 off of five overs. However, the D&T momentum was stalled when they lost two wickets for just 10 runs when Orrall and Joe Parker found themselves back in the pavilion. Andy Bligh came in and hit the ball cleanly for 12 but he was bowled by Gosling just when looking set.

Number three Winch was still at one end and kept the score ticking with some strong running. Alongside overseas import Sevior, they added 38 for the 5th wicket. However Sevior was bowled by Gosling for his second wicket for 23 leaving the score on 106-5 off of 13 and D&T still in the game.

New man Hartridge and Winch added 17 runs for the 6th wicket before Hartridge was run out going for a quick single as D&T became desperate for runs. Two more wickets fell quickly when Baxendale was caught and bowled and Harold Stevenson was run out pushing for two.

It was left to last man Walton and Winch to try and see D&T to an improbable victory but it was a task that proved too steep and D&T were left 17 runs short of the target. At the end Winch was 32 not out and Walton was unbeaten on 7.

It had been a tough day for Dartington and Totnes against two well-drilled sides. The standout performances were from Alex Winch who top scored in both games and James Howrihane with the ball.

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