ONE FROM THE ARCHIVES…..
This match in July 2005 featured the best cricket tea which Darren and I have ever had and still talk about today (sad perhaps….). There was competition from the Stockland player’s partners to produce the best tea and we got a range of sumptuous cakes which would have had even the TMS team salivating. We also had the biggest crowd most of us had played in front of. The match was also memorable for me because I hit the first of my only 2 sixes in League cricket- a pull from a legside full toss which hit Syd’s car in the car park:
Dartington & Totnes 184 for 8 Yarcombe & Stockland 92 all out
D & T third XI won by 92 runs
D & T had another 100 mile round trip into the wilds of East Devon for this Devon League East fixture. Locating the ground was itself a test since a vital signpost was non-existent and several players arrived via Axminster.
D & T were put in to bat and Darren Colegate soon had his eye in, hitting three boundaries off Stuckey. Barnes was bowling very tightly at the other end and finished with 1 for 14 off 13 overs. Myles Sydenham battled for several overs before trying to hit a ball over bowler Stuckey, only to be caught and bowled. Arran Rusling hit three stylish boundaries and advanced to 13, which proved unlucky for him, since he was then bowled by Barnes.
With Colegate getting into his stride the score advanced to 66 before Kalon Veale (8) tried to accelerate and was caught off Woods. Liam Gray and Ryan Stevenson quickly fell to Woods and after a promising start D & T were 76 for 5. Fortunately the impressive Colegate stood firm and with Mike Fisher added 42 for the sixth wicket, before being caught behind off Woods (4 for 41) for a valuable 61. Colegate batted for 35 overs hitting nine fours and holding the innings together.
With a solid platform established, Fisher and Pete Glen (26) added 50 for the seventh wicket, in nine overs. Both were in impressive form with Glen playing some fine drives and Fisher(38) playing some fine shots, including a six over mid wicket. Both were caught towards the end of the innings chasing runs.
When Y & S batted, D & T got off to a flying start when Arran Rusling caught Orsler at silly mid on in Glen’s second over. Kyle Butterworth was working up a tremendous head of steam from the other end and runs were hard to come by. However, Fuller and Hanoman survived the early onslaught and put on 49 runs. D & T couldn’t get the breakthrough until Mick Rusling came on and bowled opener Fuller(22) off his legs in the 25th over. Gray trapped Hackett lbw and Fisher stumped Woods off Rusling (2 for 9). Y & S were 61 for 4 with only 15 overs remaining. Was there enough time to win the game?
Glen had Stuckey(8) caught by Arran Rusling and Butterworth’s pace finally undid Hanoman, lbw for 26. Glen (3 for 35) bowled Miskin for 1. Stevenson had Martin caught for 3 as Sydenham shuffled his bowlers. Veale finally wrapped the match up for D & T taking 2 wickets in his single over when Sydenham caught the stonewalling Barker and Simon Dodwell took a good low catch to remove last man Barnes. D and T were home and dry with 2 overs remaining. A big crowd had gathered by the end but the attraction was not the cricket but mouse racing- seemingly a local cultural tradition.