PHIL Snyman clattered an unbeaten 86 to send Dartington & Totnes into next Friday night’s Aaron Printers Cup final at South Devon CC.
Stoke Gabriel made a respectable 143 for seven in the T20 semi-final at Queen’s Park, Paignton – Andy Kingdon hitting a top score of 40.
Dartington & Totnes paced their reply perfectly, reaching 59 for three at halfway then accelerating smartly in the second half of their innings to win with two overs to spare and six wickets in hand.
Waiting for Dartington in the final are Paignton, who overcame Chelston & Kingskerswell by seven wickets in the first semi.
Stoke recovered from a shaky start – they were 13 for two – thanks to a solid effort from the middle order.
Surviving opener Calum Moses (21) got Stoke moving then Mike Meech (32) and Andy Kingdon (40) added 80 for the fourth wicket.
With wickets in hand in a running total of 108 for four and more than six overs to go, Stoke had a platform to reach 160 plus.
Kingdon and Meech went in the same over from Joe Parker (3-12) and the innings slowed appreciably after that. Only Ryan Shepherd (19) and Ant Kanwar (10) made much headway.
Dartington & Totnes took it sedately at first and at 43 for in the eighth over seemed in no hurry. Big hitting Snyman was keeping his powder dry for an assault on the change bowlers after halfway.
The tempo increased during a stand of 69 between Snyman and Parker, which took the game away from Stoke. Once Parker went, Snyman butchered the bowling pretty well unaided.
The South African smashed anything short over mid-wicket, which was how he collected most of his five sixes – the last one off Jake Robinson to win the match.
In the final, unbroken stand of 38 with Tom Chevallier, Snyman made 28 of them.
Snyman faced 58 balls for his 86 not out and hit seven fours as well as five sixes.
Stoke Gabriel 143-7 (A Kingdon 40, M Meech 32, K Moses 21; H Baxendale 2-12, J Parker 3-12), Dartington & Totnes 146-4 (P Snyman 86no, J Parker 23; K Lardner 2-24).