Clean sweep for D&T as all three league times start season with a win

It was 100% success for us on Saturday with 1s, 2s and 3s all winning.  I only have a brief report to go on but understand the 1s skittled Kingsbridge for 70 odd with Raz taking 4 and Jono 3 wickets.  We knocked off the runs for 4 down with the Stevenson ‘twins’ starring with the bat.  H steadying the ship whilst Raz cracked runs.

2nd XI won by about 20 odd runs with good contributions by some of the former Cockington crew.  A particularly good performance given only 10 men.  Neil was skipper and showed his confidence in his boys by declining an 11th man from the thirds to give the thirds a better chance.

It looked grim for the 3s at noon when they were already down to 10 men then Daz phoned to say he had to work.  Fortunately, he managed to get away and James Hartridge very kindly offered to play so we managed to field 11 after all.  A full complement of fielders was invaluable in a tight contest.  The toss proved crucial with Lewdown losing it and being inserted to bat.  Despite tying the Lewdown batsman down early on they were looking to push on from 90 for 5 but collapsed to 102 all out.  Tom Petherick took 4 for 14, Paul Raven 2 for 20 and Steve Mackinlay in his first match for 3 years or so took 2 for 1 in 1.3 overs.  Alex Hartridge bowled extremely well without reward. Several chances went to ground.  It should have been a breeze for us since, on paper, we had a strong batting lineup.  However, as the match was played on a slow, difficult wicket at Harberton, rather than on paper, we struggled.  Cliff, Tom, new boy Chris Roud and Steve were back in the pavilion with only 16 on the board and it seemed we’d had it.  When Paul Raven became the 5th man out with 28 on the board it seemed even worse.  Paul Taylor  had opened and he alone looked in good nick until Alex Hartridge joined him and  the pair put on 51 for the 6th wicket before Alex was bowled for an invaluable 22 with victory in sight.  Ted Waller, who had been unlucky bowling earlier came in and batted sensibly for 7 not out, whilst PT continued on serenely, carrying his bat for 59 not out to give us a 4 wicket victory.  It was a terrific innings from PT on a tricky wicket.

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