Hat-trick for Cleave but still narrow defeat for Tavistock

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Devon B

Tavistock firsts v Filleigh

TAVISTOCK were involved in another close game when they took on Filleigh at the Ring on Saturday. The home side lost the toss and were put in to bat on a damp pitch with all the rain in the week.

Openers James White and Ian Gray took their time and made batting look much easier in the conditions as they put on 68 for the first wicket. White was the first to go for an excellent 43 when he top edged a sweep to square leg off the bowling of Ryan Bowden.

Tavistock were going at a slow rate but with wickets in hand, there was always a chance of pushing the score beyond 200. The away side were in need of a bit of magic and Jon Hickman delivered. He removed Aucamp for 3, captain on the day Dave Manning for 1 and then Charlie Barriball for 0 the very next ball. Gray continued to bat through and went to an excellent half century, reading the conditions perfectly to put his team into a good position.

Sean Cleave was outstanding again and he scored 33 not out from 30 balls at the end to push his side up to 178 for 8 after their 45 overs.

The score would not be easy to chase down on the inconsistent pitch. The home side were in need of early wickets and they got just that when James McGahey bowled Rob Collier for 4.

Jas Kalsi and Macaully Harrison-Hooter put on a 50 partnership to ease any nerves but when Charlie Barriball bowled Harrison-Hooter for 23 Tavistock were starting to believe. Justin Saker came to the crease at number four and he looked to play aggressively and take the game back to the home side. At the drinks break the away side were in complete control, needing 60 runs from 22 overs with eight wickets still to go.

Tavistock were in need of a few pieces of brilliance if they were going to get close to winning the game and Sean Cleave delivered. He ran out Saker for 35, flicking the ball onto the stumps when the ball had been hit back by Kalsi. That piece of brilliance started a passage of play that would have been outstanding for anyone watching. Kalsi went to his 50 but a misunderstanding with Olly Squire meant Squire had to go and he fell shortly after caught at backward point off the bowling of Charlie Barriball.

Cleave then produced another moment of magic, taking a hat-trick to put Tavistock in command of the game as Filleigh went from 124-2 to 133-8. Needing two wickets to win the game looked to be in Tavistock’s hands and they had the away side nine down for 146.

The home side needed one wicket whilst Filleigh needed another 33 runs to win the game. Their captain, Simon Prideaux stepped up with Jon Hickman to get their side over the line. Prideaux finished unbeaten on 27 whilst Hickman was 15 not out at number 11.

Tavistock have now gone without a win since the half way point of the season and are in danger of their season falling to nothing. They will have to bounce back next weekend when they play Seaton to have any chance of reaching their goal of promotion.

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