CULLOMPTON big-hitter Brendon Parr has been talking about his role in the epic win over Sandford in the Servicemaster Clean Devon T20 Cup.
Premier side Sandford made 241 for six in their 20 overs – Neil Bettis and Shaun Hawkins both reeling off half-centuries.
Cullompton, who play in the B Division, knocked off the runs with five wickets in hand and an over to spare.
Skipper Parr clubbed 134 off just 51 balls - 10 fours and 13 sixes – and put on 186 with Darren Paul in a decisive second-wicket stand.
Paul was second out for 63, scored off 34 balls with eight fours and two sixes.
Jason Parr (29no) and Tom Mortiboys steered Cullompton home.
Brendon Parr was the first to admit he thought Sandford had enough runs in the book to win the game.
Sandford smashed it to all parts of the ground - we had no answers with the ball – and our chances of winning looked extremely slim,” said Parr.
“Before we went out to bat all I said to the lads was to just give it a go - if we get bowled at for 70 at least we would have had a go
“We got some early boundaries and the runs started flowing. By half way through we were on par with the run rate and that's when I started to believe the chase was possible.
“Darren Paul played just as valuable an innings as mine. I was really pleased for him - and he kept the pressure off me by scoring at the rate from his end.
“It was Unbelievable that we pushed right to the end and managed to cross the line. It still hasn't quite sunk in.”
Cullompton are the first team to qualify for finals day at Budleigh on July 15.
Exmouth and Sidmouth – both previous winners of the competition - meet on Monday night on the Maer Ground (6pm) in their quarter-final. All usual match-day facilities will be available.
Thursday night is quarter-final night for Plymouth and Cornwood at Mount Wise.
The fourth quarter-final is between North Devon and Bradninch, which will be played at Instow on Sunday, July 8 with an 11am start.