Devon seconds D (West)

THERE was not much to shout about as the seconds travelled to league leaders Kingskerswell.

Asked to bat first, Dunne and Mansfield frustrated the bowling attack but were unable to advance the scoreboard. Noble conceded his first run off his 35th ball, as Whitchurch reached drinks on 25-1 before Mansfield and Alford eventually added 61 for the second wicket. Mansfield, making a rare appearance struggled with a knee injury, but made a valuable 39.

Then the collapse came. 73-1 became 79-8, as Hurrell ripped through the middle order taking 6-44. Elliott with 2-10 also chipping in. Tamblin and Smerdon took their side to the brink of a batting point, but Tamblin was run out for 14 trying to retain the strike. Whitchurch were all out for 98.

It was only a question of how long for Kings' to knock off the runs. The answer was 15 overs, as Etherington (50) and Powell (32) helped their side to 20 points and victory without losing a wicket.