Cornwood IV 187 all out, Dartington & Totnes II 189 for 4
D&T (20 points) beat Cornwood (7 points) by 6 wickets.
Set a challenging total by Cornwood on a baking hot day, D&T romped home comfortably with 6 overs to spare, largely thanks to a second wicket partnership of 106 between skipper Gavin Colegate(74) and John Allenbrook (38) on his second team debut.
D&T got off to a great start when Will Spackman had Cornwood’s opener, Fitzpatrick, caught at mid off by Marco in the first over. Will, who gets better with each game he plays, struck again, bowling Way for 14 and then catching Parsons off his own bowling and reducing Cornwood to 23 for 3 in the process. Will made good ground to tke the catch which was a carbon copy of a c&b he took last week. David Bailey, the opening batsman not the photographer, resisted doggedly and with Knight took the score to 79 before Knight (31), having been dropped off the previous delivery, was bowled by Mick using the slope to good advantage. Ewan Horner joined Bailey and looked anything but secure, struggling against Mick, off whom he presented a straightforward chance to mid-off which wasn’t held. When Mick (2 for 34) caught and bowled Bailey for 37 Cornwood were 120 for 5.
Alex Perkin replaced Mick and had a great spell returning the best figures of his embryonic career to date (3 for 25), to knock the stuffing out of Cornwood. Firstly he trapped Garland lbw and then he dismissed the Best brothers in identical fashion, both chipping the ball up to Gavin at silly mid on.
The opening bowlers returned for second spells and the obdurate Horner, who had gradually grown in confidence, was bowled for 33 by Keld and Will’s pace was too much for Gibson who he bowled for 15 to complete a deserved ‘fourfor’.
185 was a good total off 35 overs, though with 34 wides this added up to an additional 5.4 overs!
We needed to score at over 5 an over but this presented no problem to Gavin and Neil who got off to a flying start, with Cornwood’s bowlers all over the place. 45 runs were on the board after just 4 overs. By the time we lost Neil in the next over, of the 49 runs scored, 19 were extras. One wag suggested that Neil (7) holed out due to the surprise of receiving a straight ball.
Gavin like the England players Woakes and Buttler, decided that attack was the best form of defence hitting two terrific straight sixes into the large oak tree, bordering the pitch. The pitch wasn’t easy and John, initially struggled to time the ball. John grew in confidence and hit 7 fours. He was sporting a wide-brimmed hat which was a mixture of Indiana Jones and Crocodile Dundee and his running between the wickets was hampered, like his fielding had been, by him holding onto this gem of sartorial splendour as if his life was at stake.
Gavin, who hit nine fours looked like he would carry his bat but he edged a delivery from Parsons to slip with 32 still required for victory. His 74 came off 67 deliveries.
Keith made 12 before becoming Parsons (2 for 15) second victim. A tiring John was dismissed shortly before the end after an excellent innings but Keld (12) and Phil Power (4) saw us home.Gavin and John star with