Ivybridge on the up after first win in five games

IVYBRIDGE ended a long wait for a win when they defeated Plympton by 67 runs in the derby clash.

The last time Ivybridge won in the A Division was early June when they beat Chudleigh by 73 runs.

Four defeats and a rain-off later the bottom of the table was getting too close for comfort.

Beating Plympton hasn’t improved Ivybridge’s situation massively as Brixham beneath them also won.

The flip side is Ivybridge would be in the bottom two now had they lost – and the impact of the result on Plympton as been to drag them into the relegation frame too.

Openers Abraham Kopparambil (54) and Josh Zimmerman (34) gave Ivybridge a 75-run start. Jacob Caunter (2-36) broke the stand.

Adam Huxtable (40) joined Kopparambil to add another 72 for the second wicket. Caunter split them up to!

Harry Solomon chipped in with 32 as the Bridge posted 216 for seven. Jamie Lee (2-33) picked up couple of wickets for Plympton.

Plympton were on the back foot from the start after slumping to 27 for four. James Bullock had Harry Kandampully and James Degg in the same over and followed up with Justin Wubbeling on his way to three for 24.

Pete Abraham (4-20) got into the middle order and at 86 for seven the outcome was inevitable.

There was some resistance from Chris Bunney (30), Alex Carr (29) and Caunter (24), but the damage was already done.

Winning captain Kelvin Trent said the batters did the hard work to make a win possible.

“We batted well at the top of the order for probably only the second time this year,” said Trent. “On a difficult pitch that allowed us to get a reasonable total.

“Then we bowled and fielded well as a unit.”

Craig Donohue, the Plympton captain, said: “It was not a great day for us.

“We lost an important toss. The wicket was good up front then got slower and lower second dig.

“Hakeem Abdullah and Deggy bowled well and Jacob and Jamie chipped in with some wickets.

“At drinks Ivybridge were 120 for one so to restrict them to 216 was a good turnaround.

“When we batted we lost wickets in bunches and that made the chase all but impossible.

“Elliot Hamilton (20) batted well on debut and showed a good ability to stick around and played some nice shots.

“The biggest compliment I can pay is at 14 he didn't look out of place and got stuck in.”