Devon seconds D West

Whitchurch seconds v Shaldon thirds

WHITCHURCH seconds got their season against Shaldon. Skipper Webber lost the toss and his side were invited to bat first.

The home side got off to the worst possible start as Credicott played over the top of a full toss for a duck in the first over.

A couple of returning players steadied the ship and soon began to pile on the runs. Josh Vernon passed his 50 dealing mainly in boundaries but received excellent support from Tom Dunne.

Shaldon rotated their bowlers but could not find a breakthrough. The partnership had just ticked over the 100 mark, when Vernon was run out via a direct hit from Jameson for 70 off just 51 balls. Dunne kept on playing sensibly but was dismissed for his personal best score of 30 immediately after drinks. Marais rode his luck getting dropped three times but contributed 45.

There were also useful contributions from Downham (43) and Potts (20). However, Whitchurch let slip a promising platform to pose an imposing score and were dismissed for 232 with 8 overs to go. Lustly doing the large part of the damage with 5-36, including three in four balls to polish off the tail.

During the tea interval the rain came and delayed the restart. A revised target of 181 off 35 overs was calculated, but after just a single over the players were back in the changing rooms.

After a prolonged break the target was revised to 124 off 24 bringing Shaldon back in to the game and allowing them to attack. This is exactly what Preston did with a quick fire 26 until he was comprehensively bowled by Vernon. Jameson looked threatening briefly, before being stumped by Credicott off Hall. Shaldon slipped behind the required rate and were 54-3 when another rain shower proved terminal.

The match was abandoned with both teams collecting 12 points.   

Match drawn.