After two home games on the trot, it was time to hit the road again with a short trip to Clyst Hydon (probably closer than Bicton). Reddick Senior was away golfing and drinking, so Sam took the reigns again. Still unable to call it right (like his Dad this season), Clyst Hydon asked us to bat and so it began.
John Hurrell and Naj opened again and we suffered the early setback of losing Naj for only 3. This bought Tom Richardson to the crease, playing his first league game for the 3's. Tom and John were both in fine form as the partnership blossomed. Boundaries flowed from both bats as the pair took us through the 100 mark, then 150, and finally 200 as Tom's brilliant innings ended for 79 with the score on 215. A partnership of 202 which broke the back of Clyst Hydon. Tom's knock included 10 fours and 1 six.
At 215 for 2 with 9 overs left it was time for a ping! A few wickets were lost, but John Hurrell kept going - he has looked capable of a big score ever since joining the club last year. Today was the day he delivered with a brilliant 101 not out, timing, stroking and hitting the ball cleanly to all areas in an innings containing 15 fours and 2 sixes.
John's ton and his superb partnership with Tom saw us finish on an unassailable 283 for 5 (with 67 extras to boot). Now to take 10 wickets, which so far has been a bit of a problem. Boz opened with Noah and both were miserly in the spells. Boz was particularly tight, claiming it 'was the best I've bowled in ages' as he claimed 1 for 22 from 9 overs, including 4 maidens.
Noah was also on the money and probably deserved better than 1 for 27 from 6. Will Street had a go, a few wides hurting his figures, but still a respectable 1 for 29. The frustrating thing was we still weren't taking many wickets. Having lost Jake to the 2's, we would need a good shift from Naj, and as ever, he didn't let us down. Bowling with his usual guile and variation he claimed 3 for 27 from 7.3 overs, including the wicket of Sinth Theveraj who spent last season at Exeter. With Joel 'The Heat' Heatley bowling well at the other end, he claimed 2 for 30 and the job was done (also helped by two absent players).
Clyst Hydon finished all out for 137 and we had a 20 point haul. Thorverton are still 17 points clear, but we are only 7 points off second place with a very tough home game to come on June 1st against a strong Kingsbridge ll Xl.
With Jamie Telford available for a second week, the 'keepers gloves will be on good hands and a strong team will look to gain a positive result against a good Kingsbridge batting line up.