Dartington and Totnes II 172 all out, Chagford II 134 all out
Put in to bat on a hard dry pitch Dartington & Totnes never got on top of Chagford’ s bowlers but after Chagford lost early wickets in reply the result was never really in doubt.
D&T had an early shock when top batsman, Mike Jarvis, played on to a delivery from Steve Sizmur, not long after he’d hit the same bowler for a straight driven six. Gavin Colegate and Liam Bligh consolidated, adding 64 for the second wicket before Bligh (21) played a delivery from Brijnath onto his stumps. Colegate’s fifty seemed a formality when he missed an innocuous looking delivery from Letheren to be bowled for 46. Sugden, who had only discovered he was meant to be playing at the scheduled start time struggled to find his customary fluency, whilst Nikheel Jina hit a breezy16 before being bowled by a delivery from the seemingly benign Letheren. Dan Goord lasted for one ball which he flashed high towards point where Brijnath stuck up a hand and held the ball as D&T crashed from 93 for 2 to 113 for 5.
Sugden began timing the ball well and played some wristy shots but Niall Mulhall was run out for 3. Christian Buckner is a hard hitting batsman but did not manage to cause too much trouble for the scorers since Brijnath bowled him. Letheren struck again when Brijnath caught Sugden for 26. Letheren (5 for 44) picked up his fifth wicket bowling Dave Griffiths. Brijnath (3 for 55) was having a good day and bowled Jono Colegate for 16 in the final over with D&T disappointed not to have reached 200.
Both of Chagford’s openers were dismissed by Jono Colgate (2 for 34) without scoring and when Griffiths bowled Rogers for 10 Chagford were 16 for 3. 14 year old Freddie Filor batted wit great maturity and helped to steady the ship for Chagford along with skipper Simon Snell. Filor was fortunate that an outside edge off Griffiths was not held by the keeper but kept his head and top scored with 26 before falling when Buckner came into the attack.
The spirit the match was played in was epitomised by the following incident. Taking a quick single Snell was given run out by the Chagford umpire following a direct hit on the stumps. Jarvis had a clear view of the incident and seeing the clearly disgruntled batsman had made his ground called him back as he sloped off the field, earning a round of applause from the Chagford team for his sportsmanship.
Buckner was the pick of D&T’s bowlers and took 3 for 18 as wickets continued to fall with regularity. Niall Mulhall had four eventful overs at the end taking 3 for 19, including a wicket with his first delivery.