2nd XI vs Cornwood

by Pat Steward

Final game of the season, with not a lot to play for other than pride and fun.  Why?  Because Tavistock could not raise a side, so Bovey got 20 points and the league title before a coin was tossed on Saturday.

So, fun and pride.........

Cornwood were asked to bat first on what turned out to be a fun pitch to bowl on.  Runs were always going to be difficult to make. Rich entertained with some comedy throwing and Pat, in only his second game of the season, made Matt giggle at his inability to touch his toes (byes were 3rd top scorer – 8 – in the Cornwood innings).  Drew and Tshepo got the ball to do too much, so it was down to young Pete to take the first four wickets. But the ball was nudged, nurdled, scooped and skied into gaps as Cornwood moved from 88 for 5 to 171 for 6 at tea.

Batting didn’t get any easier after tea, against some tight bowling and attacking fielding.  Ben Green made batting look easier than most, but then hit one down deep mid off’s throat.  At 88 for 5 the game could have gone either way, but Captain Rich was still there and Tshepo went big.  He scored a rapid 46, which complemented Rich’s ‘keep it on the square’ approach.  But it was still tight in the last few overs.  In came Pete to once again make a difference, with several fours at backward square to give Exeter the initiative.  A wicket on the final ball of the penultimate over bought Pat to the wicket, to join his skipper.  Despite the quick chat about tactics, Rich decided it would be fun – as he’d been in for most of the innings - to take a single off the first ball off the last over.   Three to win, with 5 balls left and Pat with the bat in his hand for the first time this summer!  Cornwood made the mistake of leaving fielders on the off side and the ball disappeared over square leg for a (one bounce) four to win the game. Now, that’s fun.

Pride?  An unbeaten season for the 2’s; the only unbeaten side in the division; Rich top of the Prem 2’s batting averages, with an average of 54; Sean also in the top 10 batsmen in the league; Steve Milne and Drew Smith in the top 10 bowlers in the league; young players like Ben, Marcus, Sam B and Jake coming through; the experience of Matt and Tshepo.  That’s pride for you.

Next year?  Fun, pride and the league title.........

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