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Devon D West

Yelverton Bohemians firsts v Chelston and Kingskerswell

YELVERTON made it made five consecutive wins after they took a dominant 174 run victory over Chelston and Kingskerswell.

It was a strong all round performance from Yelverton with Dan Cooper and Christiaan Van Niekerk starring.

Chelston won the toss and decided to bowl on what looked like a good batting pitch. This decision was the wrong one as Yelverton openers Daniel Cooper and Geoff Brain made a solid start. The pair kept the run rate around six runs an over and batted all the way to the 33rd over.

Cooper played the main role as the in-form Brain supported him well. Cooper (104) was eventually bowled, ending a devastating first wicket partnership of 184.

Yelverton continued to push on as Rich Townsend (16) joined Brain and looked to increase the run rate further.

Brain (77) would be the next to fall, caught at long off, with Townsend lbw later in the same over. Hadleigh Scott-Kirk was promoted up the order for some late big hitting. He and Christiaan Van Niekerk put on 32 in just three overs to put Yelverton into what looked an unassailable position.

Scott-Kirk (9) was caught at deep mid-wicket before Van Niekerk (42) was Bowled by V Kalkarni (2-47).

There was some consolation for Chelston as Anis Zubair (10) was also bowled by Kalkarni with two balls left, giving Chelston a late third bowling point. Phil Mutlow (8 not out) and Ben Jones (0 no) finished off the innings at 292-6.

In reply, Chelston and Kingskerswell only scored three runs in the first four overs before P Sprune (3) was caught off the bowling of Scott-Kirk (2-14). Sam Crompton (1-16 off 8 overs) tied down the other end.

Chelston then slumped to 24-3 thanks to another wicket for Scott-Kirk and one for Dan Keylock (1-25). There was some resistance from M Etherington (26) and V Kalkarni (25) in the middle order, but Chelston then collapsed from 96-5 to 96-8, and were bowled out for 118. This was thanks to Van Niekerk (4-15), who picked off the tail with ease once again.

Yelverton are now in second place in D West on 159pts.

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