TORQUAY stay second in the A Division table after inflicting a seven-wicket pasting on lowly Ivybridge.

Ivybridge posted 176 all out in the 44th of their 50 overs – a better total than looked likely when they were 67 for five.

Skipper Harry Solomon dug in for a patient 20 off 63 balls and by the time we went the total was 153 for seven.

Solomon and James Sharpe (54) put on 72 for the seventh wicket, repairing some of the damage done by Mitch Pugh (3-35) and Tom Drake (2-45).

Matt Beasant (3-4) spun his way through the Ivybridge lower order.

Torquay had the runs knocked off with more than 20 overs to spare.

Tim Western (19) and George Allen (20) got Torquay up to 83 for three, leaving Pugh (51no) and Drake (40no) to win the game with an unbroken stand of 94.

Brixham’s win at Bideford moved them out of the bottom two and put Ivybridge there instead.

Skipper Allen said the bowlers did the hard work for the team by keeping the target down.

“The three spinners were superb and Neal Osborn and Franco Kasner were very tight and gave them nothing,” said Allen.

When we batted Josh hunt and Tim Western looked good up front but couldn't make a score. 

“Mitch and Tom Drake were brilliant seeing us over the line.”

Losing captain Solomon admitted his side were outplayed in all three disciplines, but added a couple of caveats.

“We could have got a bigger total had we applied ourselves a bit more with the bat - and we have got to start bowling a lot more tightly,” said Solomon.

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