After another wet Friday night, the thought of a damp Bicton track was likely to add weight to the importance of the coin toss. With the late cancellation of the Exeter School match, the 3's were bolstered by the late inclusion of Jamie Telford behind the stumps and Big Dom Gaywood to partner Noah with the new ball.
With the 'Old Man' standing down to Umpire and make way for Dom, Sam Reddick was again skipper, and again lost the toss! The Honiton skipper stood there somewhat stunned by his win, and was heard to say 'I hadn't factored in winning the toss - we will bat'. Wow - thanks, we were going to put them in on a damp one anyway.
It was very apparent that Honiton hadn't come to hang around. With skipper Andy Lapping throwing the bat at everything, it didn't look like it would be long before we were going to be amongst the wickets. Having crashed a couple of fours off of Dom, he drove hard to covers where John Hurrell took a sharp catch low down and the rout had begun. Two balls later Dom had removed the other opener for 0 and Honiton were 14 for 2 after 4 overs.
Noah Tobias wasn't going to be out gunned and he joined in the fun in his third over - 15 for 3 from 5! Noah and Dom kept up their personal battle for wickets, as reckless shot after miss-timed shot lead to more wickets. Noah was first to reach 5 wickets, claiming two more in his 6th over. At 24 for 9 from 11 overs, it was time for Dom to finish his spell and the Honiton innings. Broom chanced his arm with all the fielders around the bat and slogged a four and a couple of two's before Dom had him caught off of a top edge skier by Sam (his second catch).
All catches were well held, with John Hurrell (2), Jamie Telford, Jake Reddick, Naj and Joel (The Heat) Heatley also claiming catches. Honiton were all out for 32 in exactly 12 overs that took 50 minutes to bowl.
Straight round with the skies threatening - we didn't want to get rained off now! Sam opened with John and was in no mood to hang about. 10 runs from the first over, 17 from the second over, a tight third over, and the winning runs coming from the 5th ball of the fourth over - Sam (who had hogged the strike) was 29 not out and John was 5 not out (from 4 balls) in just 15 minutes.
The entire game lasted just 65 minutes and was the easiest 20 points we are ever likely to win. Ivybridge (who are 3rd) away next week and a much stiffer test awaits. With Joel, Naj and Chris all unavailable, a different line up will have the tricky task of taking on a strong Ivybridge side in what will be a battle for the upper hand in the race for second spot.
The 3's are currently 18 points behind the leaders Thorverton, and 21 points clear of third place Ivybridge - a big game next Saturday and a win will go along way to seeing us claim one of those two promotion spots. Another great win, but not exactly a testing afternoon and a lot of TFC's handed out (Thanks For Coming).