TOM Andrew was named man of the match as Bovey Tracey cruised to a 32-run win over Stoke Gabriel in the final of the Aaron Printers Cup.
Andrew top scored on 49 in Bovey Tracey’s 20-over total of 157 for six on the South Devon Cricket Ground.
Dominic Whitlock (37) thrashed the bowling round for the first five overs while Ashley Causey played it safe at the other end.
When Whitlock was second out on 55 – caught in the deep off Sam Hill – Andrew was just getting settled.
Andrew and Dan Green, man of the match in last season’s final, put on 31 for the third wicket before Green (22) was also caught in the country. Green’s first scoring shot was a six and he was only in for 14 balls.
The runs just kept coming as Will Christophers (18) and Ben Roberts (13) kept Andrew company in stands of 32 and 31.
Andrew was dismissed in the penultimate over – brilliantly caught by a tumbling Seb Ansley on the boundary in front of the pavilion.
Ansley (1-15) was the meanest of the Stoke bowlers. Dan Bullock (2-16) fractionally more effective and Nathan Nicks (0-48) the most expensive.
An asking rate of nearly eight an over is going to generate scoreboard pressure if the chasing side falls behind the clock,
Stoke found opening bowler Chris Yabsley hard to get away – his first two overs cost a run each and he only went for nine in four – and they got little change out of Ben Roberts at first either.
When Stoke opener Hicks was dismissed for 37, the target was 104 to win in 10 overs with the light fading fast and spinner Derek Perry (2-19) keeping the batsmen under lock and key.
Robert Baker had a go at breaking the shackles and his 37 off 31 balls just about kept Stoke interested.
Once Baker went, bowled by Roberts (2-26) the game was up and Stoke batted out the final four overs to finish on 125 for six.
Bovey Tracey 157-6 (T Andrew 45, D Whitlock 39, D Green 22; D Bullock 2-16), Stoke Gabriel 125-6 (N Hicks 37, R Baker 37, A Bertram 15no; B Roberts 2-26, D Perry 2-19). Bovey Tracey bt Stoke Gabriel by 32 runs.