Dartington & Totnes II 195 for 4, Ivybridge II 151 all out
D&T (19 points) beat Ivybridge (5 points) by 44 runs.
D&T’s opening batsmen, Jon Perkin and Gavin Colegate, set up the foundations for D&T’s victory with a fine opening stand of 157. Jon scored 102 in 130 deliveries batting through until the penultimate ball of the innings with 17 fours and 2 sixes. It was his maiden century for the club. Gavin scored an invaluable 58 off 119 balls and played the anchor role to perfection.
We had a team packed with bowlers but not a lot of recognised batting and certainly significantly weaker than last week when we were bowled out for 121. This week we were without Matt and Neil.
Ivybridge won the toss and put D&T in to bat and it was soon clear why. Jon and Gav initially struggled to get bat onto ball as Josh Coker and Paul Veale were bowling beautifully. Only one run came from the first four overs and that was a wide. Veale was particularly parsimonious and 5 of his first 6 overs were maidens and he conceded only 13 from his allotted nine overs. By the twelfth over D&T had just 23 runs on the board, though Jon had begun to show some aggressive intent with a straight driven six off Coker. The batsmen weathered the early storm and began to up the run rate. Ivybridge skipper Benson brought himself on to bowl but Jon soon saw him off and then took a fancy to his replacement , Berry, helping himself to 16 runs from one of his overs. Jon works as a farmer but there was nothing agricultural about his batting. Gav ours and one six at the other end and was finally out trying to accelerate the scoreboard, in the 37th over.
Bank manager, Scott Colegate(8) , was unable to cash in as Charlie Price (1 for 16) returned to the attack and bowled him. Nikheel was run out for 2 in the quest for quick runs. The valiant Perkin looked like he would carry his bat but in attempting to steer the penultimate delivery through the slips, only succeeded in deflecting it to the wicketkeeper- more a victim of fatigue than anything else.
D&T knew they would have to bowl well to win on a good batting track and wanted to keep things tight from the off. However, unlike D&T Ivybridge got off to a flier, with far too many boundaries for D&T’s comfort. Scott Colegate was unusually out of sorts, though Jina bowled an economical five over spell. Simon Kidd was in good form with the bat, scoring at a run a ball. He hit eight boundaries before Joe Burgess took his scalp for 39, when Scott Colegate took a good catch at cover. At this point Ivybridge had 58 on the board and were well up with the run rate. Fellow opener Sam Northmore played a series of classy strokes and looked an accomplished batsman.
Mick Rusling joined the attack for D&T and the runs began to dry up. He picked up two wickets in his sixth over, firstly having Lancaster (9) well caught by Scott at mid-wicket and then bowling Coker for a duck. He finished with 3 for 23 after bowling Smith for 3. Steve Mudge replaced Mick and when Tuckwell cracked a full toss to mid-on, Tyler Walton took a good catch. Scott Colegate then ran out Privett with a direct hit and Ivybridge slumped to 117 for 6. Walton had been bowling beautifully but without much luck until his eighth over. Veale (16), had been looking dangerous and cracked Walton to the midwicket boundary where Mudgey firstly parried the ball and then calmly caught it. 143 for 7 with ten overs left. Tyler struck again in the same over when Gavin stumped Northmore for 42 and D&T were cock-a-hoop. It was a remarkable stumping, appearing to occur in slow motion!
Tyler (3 for 28) caught and bowled Benson for 4 and Mudgey finished off proceedings trapping Berry lbw to give D&T a fine win over their highly placed opponents.
A good team performance and though Finlay did not get a bowl he acquitted himself well in the field as did our latest recruit Josh Bowhay, who after again being called up at the last minute fielded with great speed and enthusiasm.
Special thanks to Darren who umpired at both ends for the whole match.