Devon G West
AFTER a chastening afternoon at promotion hopefuls South Devon, Whitchurch travelled to Cornwood hoping for a return to winning ways.
Put into bat on a hot sunny afternoon things did not start well for the visitors with the early loss of Credicott. That was as good as it got for Cornwood.
Making his first league appearance for the club James Reyburn scored an unbeaten 150 and simply took the game away from the home side.
A partnership of 118 with Steve Hodge (38) set the scene. Although there was a small flurry of wickets after Hodge miscued to mid-off Reyburn carried on with even more expansive shots. Bees, 2 for 16 off his eight overs was the pick of the bowlers but Bowden (1 for 56) was one of several youngsters who showed great promise.
At tea Whitchurch were in the commanding position of having posted 245 runs.
The large and fast outfield meant that nothing could be taken for granted. Whitchurch were not blessed with many fleet of foot and would struggle against a set batsman. Verrier (39) set himself to be that player and was ably backed by Horner (14) in an opening partnership of 38.
The tight bowling of Andy Hall (1-31) and Mackenzie-Smith (0-29) meant that the run rate started to creep up. Webber (4-14) brought himself on and immediately gained the wicket of Verrier. The middle order collapsed as Webber and Ben Hodge (4-21) proved too much for Cornwood.
An unusual hit-wicket dismissal provided a talking point but a quick 21 from Andy Bees was the only resistance of note as Whitchurch ran out comfortable winners.