Seconds second best again

Plympton III 160 all out, Dartington & Totnes II 115 all out.

Plympton (18 points) beat Dartington & Totnes (7 points) by 45 runs

Dartington and Totnes’ second XI slipped up for the second week in succession with a disappointing performance against Plympton.

Plympton won the toss and their skipper Jason Degg had no hesitation in electing to bat. This was no surprise since Degg has been in supreme form with the bat with three successive centuries and  he is the outstanding batsman in C divison.

Plympton were soon rattling up the runs as Nikheel Jina struggled for accuracy at the start of his spell.  It didn’t matter though as Jina produced a beautiful delivery which Jason Degg edged to keeper Neil Colegate and the opposition danger man was back in the pavilion with only 13 runs to his name.  Understandably D&T were cock-a hoop.  Devon junior player Hamilton batted well and with Sandhu the runs continued to flow freely before Jina (2 for 47) bowled Hamilton for 23.  When Mick Rusling bowled Cooper for 5 Plympton were 78 for 3. Ed Degg the skipper’s son was batting very aggressively and was unafraid to come down the pitch as D&T’s bowlers took some punishment.  Steve Mudge came back into the attack and had instant success as Sandhu top-edged his first delivery and Glenn Colegate took a steepling catch- 133 for 4.  This heralded a remarkable collapse as Plympton lost their last 7 wickets for 23 runs, as the game swung again in D&T’s favour. Gavin Colegate took a fine low catch to dismiss Agnew off Mudge.  Ed Degg completed a rapid 50 but was then completely deceived by a slow cutter from Mudge (3 for 21).  Glenn Colegate then enjoyed himself with the tail taking 4 for 19 to polish off the innings.

161 to win seemed eminently gettable on a good wicket.  However Plympton’s opening bowlers soon found a lot of movement.  Jon Perkin left a delivery from Cooper which clipped his bail and when Tom Petherick  was caught behind off the same bowler D&T looked to have an uphill struggle on their hands with 2 top batsmen out with just 10 runs on the board.  Gavin Colegate battled and with Kevan Throgmorton in good form the pair began to make inroads into the target.  They had taken the score to 76 when Throgmorton misjudged a delivery form Draper and was bowled for 33.  This heralded a collapse as the game swung back in Plympton’s favour, as four wickets went down for the addition of only 6 runs, knocking the stuffing out of D&T.   Gavin Colegate was bowled by Caunter for 24 and brother Neil was caught off Draper (3 for 24).  Jina was batting well and with some aggression and it seemed as if he and Glenn Colegate might pull the game out of the fire.  However, on 15, Jina cracked a shot straight to deep mid-on when Keller took a fine catch above his head.  On this occasion the tail didn’t wag as Plympton ran out worthy winners.


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