Stoke chase to win inside eight overs against relegated Torquay II

Early finish at Plymouth
Early finish at Plymouth

CHAMPIONS Stoke Gabriel did not hang about putting Torquay 2ndXI to the sword by 10 wickets in the D Division West.

Nick Gwynne took four for 22 and skipper Jack Tolley three for 27 as Torquay were skittled for 75. Max Brewer (32) top scored for Torquay.

Tolley then slammed 46 not out and Gwynne made 25 more, as Stoke knocked off the runs without mishap before the end of the eighth over.

Plymouth 2ndXI remain second after defeating Plymouth CS&R by six wickets. Yelverton in third need four points this Saturday at Barton to deny South Devon the outstanding promotion spot.

AFTER two successive relegations dropped them into the D Division West for the first time, South Devon won’t be too disappointed with a fourth-place finish.

South Devon have beaten every team in the division apart from champions Stoke Gabriel at least once – and have done the double over Kenn, Barton 2ndXI and Torquay 2ndXI.

Paignton 2ndXI were the latest team to fall by the wayside as South Devon routed them by 115 runs.

James Allen, the South Devon captain, top scored with 111 in a team total of 236 for five.

Allen – 14 fours, two sixes, 96 balls faced – went in at 49 for one following the demise of Mark Andrews (31). He put on 49 with Jonty Tupman (26), 49 more with Kalen Warne and a final 49 with Ian Shepherd.

Paignton were all out for 121 in reply, fading fast once man of the match Allen (3-22) and James Hargreaves (4-53) got into the bottom half of the order.

Paignton lost their last four wickets for just 10 runs once the slide got under way.

Cole Harford – fourth out for 24 – top scored for Paignton.

YELVERTON are firmly on course for the third promotion spot in the D Division West after they saw off 10-man Kenn by 92 runs.

Stoke Gabriel and Plymouth 2ndXI are already up, but the third spot was up for grabs between Yelverton and South Devon.

Yelverton only need four points from their final game away to relegated Barton this Saturday to ensure they finish ahead of South Devon in the final table.

South Devon wind-up against Plymouth CS&R, whose relegation fate was settled by losing to Plymouth 2ndXI.

Three big partnerships took Yelverton to 234 for eight in their 45 overs.

Openers Ben Grove (47) and Geoff Brain (54) put on 80, Brain and Richard Townsend (73) added 61 and Rob Grove (25) added 71 with Townsend.

Pick of the Kenn bowlers by a distance with four for 28 was Jack Thomas.

Kenn were all out for 142 in reply and were lucky to get that far having been 21 for five after a duffing up from Steve Colmer (3-23) and Sam Crompton (3-22).

Ben Chaloner, with 70 not out and the highly rated Thomas (30) staved off total collapse buy putting on 69.

THERE was an early finish at Mount Wise where Plymouth defeated Civil Service & Roborough by six wickets.,

John Kerridge (5-15) and Dave Burke (2-16) were largely responsible for dismissing CS&R for 89. Ben Riches – seven off 61 balls – detained Plymouth longer than they would have liked.

Geoff Martin (36) and Jon Cummings (27) did not hang about knocking off the runs.

WHITCHURCH carried way too much firepower for doomed Barton in a one-sided affair.

Barton did not have a lot once opener Adam Latham (48) and Tom Porter (32) were removed and slipper to 125 all out. Darren Sambells (4-6) and Richie Potts (3-35) knocked over the wickets.

Skipper Ben Powell with 50 set-up a routine run chase to an eight-wicket win.