After 2 weekends of hard, but crucial cricket, we welcomed a strong Paignton 2nd XI to The Oak on Saturday. Abbots were seeking their 1st pre-season victory, and it was going to be a challenge against Paignton’s young and up-and-coming second team.
Paignton batted first and despite some strong starts from their batsmen, Abbots were taking regular wickets. Paignton managed 192 before surrendering their final wicket after 38 overs. Tom Heath, Captain for the day, shared the bowling around and all 7 bowlers took at least one wicket. Sam Carpenter with 2-20, Tom Askew in his second game for the club with 2-23, Ben Cowdry with 2-31 were the pick of the effort.
The wicket wasn’t easy to bat on and it was going to be a tough chase.
Aidan Lightowlers (fresh from his 49 last week at Brixham) and Sam Carpenter opened for Abbots, and the difficulty of the chase was evident by drinks; Abbots had reached 48-0 off 20 overs!
But with the openers well-set, and 10 wickets in hand, they began to climb-in to the Paignton attack after the break. Aidan was first to go after smashing 51 by the 27th Over. Kyle Rich came to the crease and was undone with a peach of a delivery for just 1 off 5 balls. This brought Ian Jarman to the crease with Carps with the score on 127-2 with 10 overs left.
Carps then opened up, carving the Paignton bowling apart, with Jars providing steady support with a chanceless 27 off 26.
By the end of the 39th over, the victory was in the bag with Jars on 27* and Carps an unbeaten 84*
48-0 off the first 20, followed by 147-2 off the second 20 shows a lopsided run-chase, but it was very effective and great to watch. A great first win of the pre-season, with everyone who played looking much sharper and focussed this week.
Another very blowy, but sunny day at The Oak, saw us welcome Chelston & Kingskerswell CC for a pre-season friendly.
Charlie Hill won the toss and elected to bat-first and off we went.
Ed Smout-Cooper was caught behind early, which was a contentious decision, and we were off to the worst possible start with zero on the board! That brought Chilly to the crease with Tom Hodgkiss.
Hodgey soon got a brute of a ball, that spat off a length, to be caught, but Chilly had started going through the gears already.
He was joined by Aron Owen in a supporting role as Chilly went wild on the C&K bowling.
By the time Chilly was finally dismissed for 72, Abbots were 85-3 off 18 overs. A much quicker start that Saturdays game, admittedly, but with wickets falling.
This brought in Darren Clayton, and he and Aron began making steady runs until Aron was dismissed. With the score on 127-4 and just 16 overs left, Adam Latham came to the crease to join Dazza.
After a slow start Lathes and Dazza started trading blows and by the time Lathes was dismissed for 48, Abbots were 197-5 with 4 overs to go. This brought out James Hartley for his first innings of the year. He managed a rapid five runs in supporting Dazza who finally fell with 47, with Jars coming in to chip in with a lusty 6 off 2 balls leaving Andrew Felton stranded on 0* not having faced a ball!
A competitive total of 221-7
C&K started well with Jake Fox and Andy Felton opening the bowling, managing to keep the run-rate to around 4 per over.
Bowlers toiled hard and fielders supported them by keeping errors to a minimum. Wickets began to tumble regularly but the contest was getting closer and closer as the overs passed.
C&K went in to the final over needing 9 off it, with their opening bat on 65* having carried his bat until the last over, and their skipper on strike. Up stepped Foxy for the last over, with a few words of advice from Chilly ringing in his ears, he managed the over brilliantly conceding just 6 runs for the wicket of the opener who fell with 2 balls remaining. C&K finishing on 219-9 – a win for Abbots by 2 runs!
A great team performance, especially from Foxy, Hodgey, Rowen Harradine-Cole and James Roberts. Special mention goes to James Hartley who not only scored runs, but also took a catch and managed to field at Square Leg, Point and midwicket in this game – his busiest day for a while.
Ian Jarman and Chilly both took wickets and all of the bowlers managed to stay on top of the batting side throughout. Abbots had just enough to win the game.
It should provide for interesting meetings during the season as C&K 1st team play in he DCL D-West division with the Abbots 2nds.