Losses or draws? firsts and seconds come second without losing

Another weekend when we struggled to get teams out.  Josh took a very inexperienced 3rd XI side to Paignton which went down by 8 wickets.

The first XI took four players from the previous week’s 2s- Me,  Jarvs, Ben and Andy Bligh.   Replacing Bertus with me was not quite like for like!  Firsts conceded 191 and reached 124 for 9 missing out on points for a losing draw by 3 runs.  The seconds conceded 201 and made 123 for 9 in reply- 10 runs short of points for the losing draw. Under Devon League rules to gain points for a losing draw the team batting second need to get 2/3 of the other side’s total and, of course, still have wickets in hand.  The only change this season is that if a side fails to get the 2/3 their 2 points are added on to the other teams points hence Barnstaple got 8 points for the draw rather than 6.  Simple isn’t it?

At Barnstaple half the team thought we had lost the match despite my attempts to explain that if the opposition hadn’t won we could not possibly have lost.  If you don’t believe me look at the results on the Devon website!

The second XI were hugely indebted to Jack Buckner who was helping us out as a favour. Opening the batting Jack scored 78 not out.  Extras made 31 and in a sorry batting display nobody else made double figures.  I’m hoping you will all be at nets practicing.   Mick

plymouth CS1 2 12.5.12   2s scorecard – click on link

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