Seconds through to Brockman Cup Semifinal after emphatic win over Stoke with 10 men

Dartington & Totnes 111 for 6, Stoke Gabriel  70 all out.  D&T won by 41 runs.

Dartington & Totnes 2nd XI breezed into the Brockman Cup Semi Finals with a comprehensive victory with another  fine all round team performance.  After a good win against a strong Harberton outfit in the previous round D&T 2nd XI had been rewarded with an away tie at Stoke, who play one division higher in the Devon Cricket League.

D&T won the toss and elected to bat on a surprisingly dry and hard wicket.  James Nicholls showed early aggression and, helped by some erratic bowling, 18 runs were on the board before Mike Jarvis played on against Ansley , who was bowling well.  Ansley (2 for 12) bowled Neil Colegate for 5 and Nicholls was caught off Attwood for 11 and D&T were 30 for 3.  Kevan Throgmorton and Tom Petherick stopped the rot and added 56 for the fourth wicket.  Neither had spent any time at the crease before his season but it was not apparent.  Throgmorton was timing the ball well and was the more aggressive of the pair.  He hit 2 sixes and 4 fours in his knock.  Petherick despite  sometimes struggling to time the ball played an invaluable role as foil for Throgmorton, scoring 13 before being bowled by Jamie Ridge.  Throgmorton was caught off Ridge for 42, hitting out in the last over. Andy Bligh came in with licence to be aggressive and scored a quick 16 before being bowled on the last ball of the innings by Ridge (3 for 17).

D&T had started the match with ten men since top all-rounder Scott Colegate had been detained at work.   Colegate never arrived and D&T were forced to defend their total with a man short.  Skipper Rusling put his faith in youth, opening the bowling with Alex Hartridge and Andy Bligh.  Hartridge struck in his first over hitting Ben Robinson’s middle stump.  However, Stoke were soon well ahead of the required run rate, with Ansley and D. Robinson batting well before  Bligh got into his rhythm and took the important wicket of Ansley, bowling him 13. Thirteen was also to prove unlucky for D Robinson as Mike Jarvis took a good catch to dismiss him off Hartridge (2 for 17).  When Havard took another good catch to dismiss Ball off Bligh (2 for 22) Stoke were 37 for 4 with 14 overs remaining.

Hartridge and Bligh had bowled exceptionally well and done their job in nipping out the top four batsmen. They were replaced by Glenn Colegate and Mick Rusling    A sharp piece of work by Hartridge resulted in Attwood being run out and when Jarvis caught Bertram off Rusling, Stoke had slumped to 42 for 6 at the halfway stage of their innings.

Rusling caught and bowled Robertson whilst at the other end Glenn Colegate was, once again, bowling a fine spell.  Colegate had taken four wickets in three overs in the previous round and this time  he took 1 for 7 in his four overs, bowling Reeve for 1.

Only Dave Higgins, 28 not out, put up any resistance, batting within himself and then launching the occasional delivery over the ropes.  Gareth Havard (1 for 9) bowled three good overs at the death before Rusling (3 for 14) wrapped up the proceedings by bowling Ridge.


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