BOVEY Tracey trounced Torquay by 115 runs to end the Seasiders’ winning run and stay clear of the field at the top of the table.
Torquay had won five on the reel going into the game and must have fancied making it six out of six after holding Bovey to 211 for eight.
It didn’t go to plan though as Torquay’s top five were blown away for 34 runs on the board.
There was no way back after that and with Luke Jongwe and Toby Codd taking three wickets each Torquay were skittled for 94.
Pete Bradley, Bovey’s winning captain, said it was a lot harder winning the game than it looked
“We had to battle when we were batting, then when we bowled we made sure we put it to bed and didn't let them back in,” said Bradley.
After Josh Mailling did his thing up top. We lost our way a bit, with people getting in and out.
“We really showed a bit of determination to get up to a decent total on a tricky pitch.
“In the field we kept the pressure on from the start.
“An excellent run out to get the big wicket of Pugh, bowling to plans and taking our catches, all led to a complete performance in the field from us.
“We have to make sure we carry this on, in a big match coming up against Sidmouth.”
Losing captain Justin Yau said: “ We came up against a good Bovey side and they made it difficult for us.
“We bowled and fielded reasonably well, but lacked the application with the bat.
“We've been on a good run and need to put things right this Saturday and hopefully we can get back to winning ways.”
Bovey top the table by 23 points from Exmouth, who carried too much firepower for Exmouth.
Bradninch stay third, despite losing to Sidmouth, with Torquay a further five points behind in fourth.
Mailling’s run of form continued with 45 at the top of the order for Bovey. He was second out at 57 and can be confident the Devon management have taken note of his form this season – 378 runs at an average smack on 54.
After a brief wobble from 57 for one to 82 for four Jongwe (61) took on the role of anchorman.
By the time the Zimbabwean departed the score had risen to 198 for seven. Along the way there was a stand of 67 with Peter Bradley, who found some form after a lean run with 32.
Pugh (2-31) shaded the bowling effort for Torquay from Matt Petherbridge, Nick Watkin and Dan Wightman, who were all in three-an-over territory.
Jongwe’s first two wickets helped put Torquay on the back foot. Running out dangerman Pugh added to Torquay’s woes.
Skipper Yau (21) and James McMurray (22) hung around for a while, but there was no chance of a comeback.
On a grim day for the batters, there were five ducks in the Torquay innings.