D Division West: Stoke skipper Tolley in runs again + Western just shy of a ton

EARLY pacesetters Stoke Gabriel defeated Yelverton by 89 runs.

Skipper Jack Tolley followed an opening day ton against South Devon with 70 more in Stoke’s total of 285 all out. Isaac Withington chipped in with 58 not out.

Wickets were shared round with James Casey (2-38) having the best return.

Yelverton were all out for 196 in no one making more than Hamish Robertson (48). Giles Beauchamp hit 33 and James Cooper was unbeaten on 27.

Stoke’s bowlers took wickets in threes with Nick Gwynne (3-23) shading George Yates (3-36) and Tolley (3-39) in the scorebook.

WHITCHURCHwere batted out of the game at South Devon, where a target of 274 to win always looked ambitious.

Dinesh Raheja clubbed 16 fours on his way to 122 not out from 115 balls in South Devon’s total of 273 for six.

Along the way Raheja shared stands of 74 with skipper James Allen (34), 69 with Richard Beaumont (29) and 74 with Liam Price (27).

On an afternoon when Whitchurch bowlers struggled for containment, Marc Kerswill’s two for 34 from nine overs was impressive.

Whitchurch soon fell behind the clock as Bingley, Gareth Harris (2-25) and Raheja pinned them down from the start.

Opener Bob Powell made a patient 52 off 113 balls, a stay that ended at 143 for three.

Josh Vernon went in at 37 for two and batted through to the close for an unbeaten 85 in a Whitchurch tally of 165 for three.

Plymouth CS&R are still looking for their first win of the season in the D Division West after a 27-run defeat at the hands of Torquay II.

Tim Western top scored for Torquay with 97 in their total of 151 all out.

Jack Dent and Gary Turner took three wickets each for Civil, who were bowled out for 124 in reply.

Dent (42) and Dan Winsor (32) made Civil’s only double figure scores.

Noah Rider (3-10) and Will Leighton (3-27) were the pick of the bowlers for Torquay.

Civil are joint bottom of the table on 13 points along with Barton and Plymouth, who were 14-run losers in a low-scoring affair at Kenn.

Kenn’s total of 121 all out – James Mason (48) and Jack Thomas (37) top scoring – always looked plenty on a wicket that showed little signs of preparation.

Jack Hughes (3-34) and Dan Farnham (4-19) were Plymouth’s bowling success stories.

Plymouth were all out for 107 in reply, Claire Varcoe (32no) the top scorer. Mason had four wickets for 12 runs.