Devon D West
WHITCHURCH hosted early pace setters Kenn, hoping to claim back to back wins.
The Wayfarers’ stand in skipper Towl won the toss and decided to bat on a cloudy day. Whitchurch started in the worst possible way with Wallace out lbw to Bragg for just four runs in the first over. This bought Hall to the crease. He and Towl were going along steadily when the rain fell with the host on 30-1 off eight overs.
Play resumed with 10 overs lost per side. Towl went immediately for 17 bowled by Dormer. This bought Meadows to the crease who rattled the score along with the support of Hall as the pair put on 124 for the third wicket off just 15 overs; Meadows scoring 86 off just 38 balls until he was lbw to Thomas with the score at 154-3.
Thomas dismissed Cotter and then took another wicket off the very next ball bowling Hodge for a golden duck. Bob Powell came in and supported Hall for a few overs to push the score to near 200 when he was bowled by Gannon.
Hall reached his fifty, batting superbly throughout and then fell to Gannon. Barriball and Poole pushed the run rate on adding 34 runs before Barriball was out bowled by Gosling for 24. Sambells and Poole (28) finished the innings off with the final score being 263-9.
Kenn had to score at seven an over from the off; they started steadily but lost their first wicket with the score on 33 as Sambells bowled Chaloner in the eighth over. Gosling and Bragg put on 110 for the second wicket with Bragg out for 49 to a stunning, running catch by Barriball off the bowling of Towl. Towl then bowled Dormer for a duck leaving the Kenn requiring 94 runs off the last ten overs.
A bowling change got the wicket of Gosling for 80 as Cotter took a good low catch off Hodge. In the next over Towl took his third wicket as he bowled Wills for 2. Koeller (50) then came in and hit the ball to all parts of the ground.
Thomas was next out on 209-5 bowled by Towl with Kenn still needing 54 runs off the last five. Koeller was still there and was supported by Mason to take the score to 248-6 when Mason was out to another running catch by Barriball off Towl (4-47). This left Kenn needing 16 off the last over. Northey returned to bowl the last over and held his nerve as only eight was scored off it to give Whitchurch the win by eight runs.
This was a very good game of cricket played in a good spirit.
Whitchurch win by eight runs.