Seconds make it 2 wins in a row with comprehensive win over Hatherleigh.

May 24th match report

An edited version appeared in last week’s Totnes Times.

Dartington & Totnes CC 231 all out Hatherleigh III 141 all out

D&T won by 90 runs.

A marvellous 121 from Josh Orrell set up D&T for a comprehensive victory over Hatherleigh.   With skipper Gavin Colegate absent umpiring for the first XI, Tom Petherick won the .

toss and elected to bat.  Tom, a centurian in the previous match, opened the batting with Josh but after scoring 4 he was caught in two minds playing forward and only succeeded in finding the grateful hands of mid off, in the first over.  Josh and Tom Chevallier steadied the ship with Josh doing the lion’s share of the scoring and Chevy, nursing a hangover, unsurprisingly subdued.   Josh struck a total of 25 fours in his knock, punishing any wayward deliveries.   He was particularly fluent through the mid-wicket region.   The runs were rattling up and the pair added 69 for the second wicket in ten overs before Chevy was caught by Batt off Quick.  D&T then had a wobble as firstly Neil Colegate was  run out for 2 and Charlie Nicholls, making his first start of the season, was caught after striking a fine six over midwicket.    The hundred came up after just 17 overs.  Glenn Colegate and Josh added 43 before Glenn was run out for 10- 145 for 4 after 22 overs.

The pitch was playing very well and, along with a lightening fast outfield, this made D&T think they needed to score well in excess of 200.  Keith  Hodgins and Josh took the score to 186 before Josh’s fine innings ended when he was caught and bowled by Grimshaw.  Greenwood (2 for 29) removed Finlay Porter without scoring and then bowled the obdurate Keith for 12.   Phil Power chipped in with a handy 13 and tenth man Steve Mudge achieved the second top score with 14 before becoming last man out in the final over.

Mudgey and Fin bowled superb opening spells for us.   Fin bowled with great pace and got the first breakthrough, having Rose well caught by Tom at slip.   Mudgey was extremely unlucky, having several catches dropped as he induced edges from the batsmen.   Opener Auty was shaken when he failed to prevent a rising delivery from Fin from clattering into his helmet and when the same bowler struck him on the shoulder he was forced to retire hurt.  Fin (3 for 19) also had a catch dropped before he bowled Rowlands for 11 and with his following delivery he had Greenwood lbw.  At 44 for 4 Hatherleigh were in trouble.   Mudgey conceded just 21 runs from his 8 overs and how he remained wicketless remained a mystery.

Charlie and Chevy relieved the opening pair with Sam Porter batting well for Hatherleigh , though his colleagues were less successful.   Charlie (2 for 46) trapped Batt lbw for 3 on the back leg with a full delivery and bowled Floyer for 5.  Sam Porter was out for 41 when Glenn took a good catch off medium pacer, Chevy, who bowled with considerable variety.   Chevy had Grimshaw caught by Fin for 18 and then coming in off a shorter run up he bowled Leahy for 4.   Mick Rusling was finally unleashed at the end and finished off the proceedings in his first over by quickly bowling Quick for 18.

This was the strongest second team we’ve fielded this season and Hatherleigh were surprised how strong we were.

A second successive win for the twos-things are starting to look up- or maybe not as we couldn’t raise a team on Saturday!

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