Twos finish the season in style at Cornwood

Cornwood IV 113 all out Dartington & Totnes II 114 for 3.   Dartington & Totnes (20 points) beat Cornwood (3 points) by 7 wickets

D&T seconds finished the season in style with their second comprehensive win on the trot.  After a solid start Cornwood collapsed from 67 for 2 to 68 for 3 in 3 overs and we had little problem knocking off the runs.

Gav elected to bowl and opening bowlers Mudgey and Will ‘Kombi’ Wyatt bowled well, with Cornwood’s openers Fitzpatrick and Jarvis finding runs hard to come by.  Mudgey conceded just 4 runs in his five over opening spell and one of those runs came from a misfield from Mick.    By the tenth over when the first wicket fell, they only had only 17 runs on the board.  The breakthrough came when Mudgey took a good catch at second slip to dismiss Fitzpatrick for 9 off Kombi.   New Batsman Sharma immediately began playing big shots, several off which came off the edge of his bat.   He top-edged a looping chance to Mick at square leg.  Mick got one hand to it but couldn’t hold on. Kombi developed a plan to dismiss Sharma (12) which worked immediately  tucking him up with a short delivery, taking a return catch off his own bowling.

Reaching 67 after seventeen overs, Cornwood collapsed to 68 for 8 in a remarkable 3 overs from D&T’s dynamic duo Mick and Keld. After initially struggling to find his rhythm Mick struck twice in his fourth over- firstly having Knight (17) sky the ball to point where Keld took a well judged catch and with the following ball the obdurate Jarvis, on 23, cracked the ball straight back at him and Mick took an instinctive one handed catch above his head.

In the following over Kombi made good ground to catch Arora off Keld, who then bowled Galland for a duck. Mick (4 for 37) took two further wickets in the next over- having Gibson caught by Neil and skipper Tracy caught by Mudgey at long on, attempting a big hit.  Keld (3 for 38) finished an excellent spell by ending the spirited resistance of Lane (18), inducing him to edge the ball to keeper Paul Taylor.   Finally Alex Perkin needed just four deliveries to wrap things up having Bowden caught by Gavin at midwicket.  Cornwood’s innings lasted 27 overs.

Cornwood took an early wicket before PT and Kombi added 33 for the second wicket.   PT, having survived a very strong appeal for caught behind, edged Gibson to keeper Bowden for 10.  Neil  joined Kombi and the experienced pair batted very well and looked likely to see D&T home but with six needed Kombi went for a big hit and was caught at mid on for 35.   Neil, 33 not out, and Tom, 2 not out saw us home comfortably with 20 overs to spare.

Footnote:  This was Mick’s second successive four wicket haul which coincided with him wearing a new pair of trousers.  Mick ascribes his recent success to the trousers and is willing reveal the trouser manufacturer’s name for a small fee to anyone who would like similar success.

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