Whitchurch Wayfarers proud to fulfil fixture despite size of defeat

Emma Hogg (left) and Kathryn Gill - other halves who helped Whitchurch field a second team against Lustleigh

WHITCHURCH Wayfarers secretary Neil Tamblin feels it is worth peering behind the stark stats of the 361-run defeat suffered by the 2ndXI at Lustleigh last Saturday.

Lustleigh, readmitted to the Tolchards Devon League this season after a decade away, rattled up 439 for three in a 35-over game on the Wreyland Manor ground.

Opening batsman James Fulner passed 900 league runs for the season with an unbeaten double hundred – he retired on 204 – and Jon Wright scored 104.

Whitchurch lost their first five wickets without scoring a run, but scraped together 78 all out.

Lustleigh are where they have been all season – unbeaten at the top of the table – and there they are going to stay.

The figures look pretty bleak, but Tamblin said there is a story worth sharing.

Lustleigh, by common consent among all the sides who have lost to them this season, are far too good for the G Division West. 

Tamblin said raising a side for a foregone conclusion was hard work, but Whitchurch are proud of fulfilling fixtures no matter what and went with what they had.

“Whitchurch could have conceded the game, but after a lot of hard work, 10 players were found to make the trip and they went with eyes wide open of what to expect,” said Tamblin, who was one of them.

“The 10 included only four regular players, two colts, the senior player of the club who is nearly 60, an ex-player playing his second game in three years and Emma Hogg and Kathryn Gill - the other halves of the first and second team captains.

“As a collective over the whole season to date, those 10 had scored 335 runs.

“The onslaught began early and only got worse. The run rate was 10 an over at drinks, before increasing to 12 an over by the end. 

“Young Fynn Hall, who is 13 should be commended for bowling seven overs and taking two for 129. 

“Whitchurch didn’t help themselves by shelling several chances, yet their spirits never dropped.”

When Whitchurch batted it seemed Lustleigh were going to skittle them out in no time at all.

“Our top five were all back in the hutch without a run on the board,” said Tamblin.

“When the first run was scored a load cheer came from the pavilion.”

A couple of partnerships of 34 for the sixth and seventh wickets hauled Whitchurch beyond several league and club records. 

“A good day was had by all the team… despite the result,” said Tamblin.