By CONRAD SUTCLIFFE
PLYMPTON made it six on the trot in Super 8 Group A as they stormed into Sunday’s (September 6) DWCL Trophy finals day at Hatherleigh with back-to-back wins over Cornwood and Ipplepen.
Going into the delayed final round of fixtures in Group A, played at Ipplepen, it was pretty clear Plympton were on their way to Sunday’s festival day Trophy final.
The unanswered question was whether Plymouth or Cornwood would be going through to the Plate festival at Exeter as runners-up.
Plymouth, who had already completed their six-game programme, could only be overtaken if Cornwood beat Ipplepen and Plympton in the final round of games.
One Cornwood lost to Plympton in the lunchtime game at Ipplepen there was no way they could get ahead of Plymouth in the table, irrespective of how they did against Ipplepen.
Waiting for Plympton in the Trophy festival final are Taunton Deane and Exeter.
The Plate festival on the County Ground will be contested by Plymouth, Topsham St James and Tarka North Devon.
Plympton opened the festival with a 70-run win over Ipplepen after scoring 122 for four in their 16 overs. Maddie Tuner and Milly Squire both made 30 then had to retire.
Lydia Hancock (2-22) was the most effective of the Ipplepen bowlers.
Squire then claimed three wickets for two runs as Pens were bowled out for 29.
Cornwood proved a tough nut to crack in round two as Plympton only scraped past a target of 107 to win with one wicket intact.
Plympton coughed up 55 runs in extras to help Cornwood reach 106 all out in the 15thof their 16 overs. Squire (3.4-2-1-4) was the bowler on the money again.
Two wickets each for Cornwood’s Gemma Lancaster and Laura Bale made the second half interesting – and two run-outs only added to the pressure.
Evie Privett (25no) stayed calm while the wickets were tumbling and with her at the end was Squire (35no), who resumed her innings having retired on 30.
Cornwood did not hang around in the last match of the day, taking just 5.3 overs to knock off 35 to win by seven wickets against Ipplepen.
Bale (3-11) and Emma Gibson (2-2) were the destroyers with the ball as Pens toppled over for 34.
Kelly Luscombe (21no) and Ishbel Penn (10no) took care of knocking off the runs.
Sunday’s start times at Hatherleigh are Taunton Deane v Plympton (11am), Plympton v Exeter (1.30pm) and Taunton Deane v Exeter (4pm).
The Plate final schedule at Exeter is Topsham v North Devon (11am), North Devon v Plymouth (1.30pm) and Topsham SJ v Plymouth (4pm).