With the weather looking like it was going to make an intervention, the 1st XI welcomed a strong Torquay outfit to Two Mile Oak.
Nick Watkin, having won the toss, put Torquay in to bat and the Abbots boys went to work.
Jay Hussain and Thomas Heath opened the attack for Abbots and bowled tidily, with ‘Shakib’ managing to remove one of the Torquay openers fairly early.
Then Alex Birt and Neal Osborn (on league debut for Abbots) resumed the attack shortly followed by Ben Cowdry and Sam Carpenter. Charlie Smout-Cooper chipped in with 3 overs towards the back-end of the innings.
With rain interrupting play, the Abbots bowlers worked hard and took regular wickets, only for Torquay to accelerate towards the end of their shortened (47 overs) innings. They finished on 226 – 7 with the pick of the bowlers being Jay Hussain 7-0-42-2 and Sam Carpenter with 5-0-36-2. Neal Osborn and Ben Cowdry took a wicket each.
The riposte from Abbots batsmen went awry early on, with Eddie Smout-Cooper and Aron Owen both going cheaply, and the innings never really recovered, with Neal Osborn high scoring with 18. Abbots ended their innings on 89-all out chasing a revised target of 230 from 47 overs.
A tough opening defeat, against a tough opponent. We’ll be looking to bounce back next week away against Tavistock.
A gloomy looking forecast for a game in the shadow of the moors couldn’t help captain Charlie Hill win the toss. Luckily, Whitchurch decided to put Abbots 2nds in to bat.
Aidan Lightowlers (currently enjoying excellent form) and the skipper opened the innings, and a quickfire 26 from Chilly got the innings off to a sharp start.
Shannon Cox came and went cheaply, unfortunately, which brought Ian Jarman to the crease early with the score on 56 – 2.
Aidan and Jars went after the Whitchurch bowlers and an impressive 112 run partnership was only ended when Aidan was dismissed for 63. That brought Jamie Lock to the crease who kept up the pace with Jars, and when Locky was dismissed for 23, Abbots were 217-4.
Setting a massive total got a whole lot more unlikely when Jars was dismissed shortly after for 83, with no addition to the score; 217-5
Kyle Rich finished the innings unbeaten on 17, and Chris Meikle finished the overs off on 5* giving Abbots 2nds a defendable 252-7 (rain-affected 38 overs) total for Whitchurch to chase down.
Leroy Lane and Jake Fox opened the bowling for Abbots with L’Roy claiming an early wicket with Whitchurch having not scored a run!
They bowled tight lines and really slowed the Whitchurch Batsmen at the start of their response.
Daz Clayton and Chris Meikle continued the attack, but the batsmen were better set and by the time Abbots had claimed a second wicket, Whitchurch were on 63. This was swiftly followed by Abbots 3rd wicket and Whitchurch were rocking on 64-3.
Chasing the game hard, Whitchurch then accelerated through the gears but regular wickets kept pegging them back, and despite the Whitchurch #3 ending the game unbeaten on 114, they were never ahead of the required run-rate.
Whitchurch’s innings closed on 218-5 off their (weather adjusted) 38 overs giving Abbots 2nds an excellent 34 run victory on the road.
Pick of the bowlers were Jake Fox 8-1-24-1 and Leroy Lane 8-0-24-1, with Daz Clayton, Chris Meikle and Ian Jarman all claiming a wicket each.
Next week Abbots are at The Oak against Plymstock 2nd XI