Abbots beat Tavistock to clamber out of A Division bottom two

Taking it in at Abbotskerswell

ABBOTSKERSWELL shot out of the A Division bottom two thanks to a six-wicket win over visiting Tavistock,

The form book might have hinted at a Tavistock win as Abbots had only won twice all season and were aiming to avoid a fourth straight defeat.

Holding Tavistock to 217 for seven in 50 overs suggested an upset might be on the cards, confirmed when Abbots strode to victory with three overs to spare.

Losing Dylan Aucamp first ball was not the start Tavistock wanted and they wobbled from there to 19 for two then 42 for four with Ian Gray in and out for 20.

Harry Geering (36) and Charlie Barriball (28) got Tavistock moving then Daymond (51) and Sean Cleave (31) added 79 for the seventh wicket.

Wickets were shared with the best figures going to Alex Birt, who was promoted from the 2nd XI as a batsman having taken a ton off Tavistock 2nd XI the week before. He took three for 24.

“Charlie Dowling and Elliott Adams bowled great opening spellsm which were followed up by an exceptional spell by Alex Birt,” said Abbots’ skipper Nick Watkin.

“Halfway through I felt their score was about par.”

Abbots batted in partnerships to win the game, almost all of them featuring skipper Nick Watkin, who went on at 12 for one and batted through for an unbeaten 84. Potentially, it is Abbots' most important innings of the season so far.

Stands of 51 with Eddie Smout-Cooper (33), 58 with Elliott Adams (25) and 81 with Birt (32) settled the issue.

“We batted very well in partnerships throughout - Eddie, Elliott and Alex in particular,” said Watkin.

“We were also spurred on by some great ‘chat’ from someone who has underperformed for Tavistock this season, which was a great help to us.”

Shaun Daymond, the Tavistock captain, said there was little he could complain about other than his own side’s shortcomings – and there were not many of those.

“Abbots bowled well in the first 20 and batted their innings with control and waited for the bad ball,” said Daymond.

“Had we got 240-250, which we should have, we would have won.

“Abbots aren't a bottom-two side in this division. Small margins cost us so we're still happy with our performance.”