Saturday 24th April – Final Round of Pre-Season

Due to the fine weather, despite the cold easterly wind, Bovey Tracey C. C. took advantage to play all four of their league teams on Saturday.

The first eleven travelled to Exmouth who won the toss and decided to bat. All did not go well for the Bovey bowlers initially, thanks to an opening partnership of 169. Seventeen-year-old Louis Morrison had an excellent knock scoring 129 off 62 balls in 79 minutes. It took the experience of Chris Bradley to dismiss him caught by his brother Peter. After that wickets fell on a regular basis with good knocks by Captain Buzza 50 and Finlay Marks 32.Exmouth were finally all out for 313 off 45 overs. Chris Bradley finally picked up three wickets for just 29.

Bovey’s reply faltered almost immediately, opener Kirsten Yearwood going for just 2 runs. Wickets then fell regularly. Fortunately, the experienced batsmen in the Bovey side accumulated runs. Pete Bradley with 65 off 69 balls held the innings together he helped the total to 111 for 6. Bovey Captain Lewis Hammett batted very well with 78 not out the Bovey total of was taken to 181 thanks to a contribution of 44 by Dan Green. The chase was on as Chris Bradley with 23 and Ollie Clifford-Bourne 21 joined Lewis Hammett. They managed to take the Bovey total in striking distance of the Exmouth score finishing on 288 for 9 off their 50 overs.

A great game of cricket.

The second XI travelled to Teignmouth to play the newly titled team Teignmouth and Shaldon 1st XI. The home side won the toss and inserted Bovey. Opener Derek Perry went without scoring closely followed by the top six batsmen. Only a good knock by young wicketkeeper/batsman, Sam Harvey scored 52 including nine fours. On 137 for eight when he was run out. Bovey finally ended their innings on 150 off 37 overs.

The home side got off to a good start with their opening batsmen Seamus McKenna 50 and Karl Blackburn 50 both retired not out after taking the total to 105. It did not take much longer before the required total was reached. Teignmouth & Shaldon ending their innings on 151 for 4 in just 21 overs.

A fixture was arranged for Bovey Third Eleven to play Bovey Fourth Eleven at the recreation ground. The third eleven batted first with the score on 72 Ryan Jones was run out by Joseph Forey having scored 30. Not long after the other Bovey opener Tony England retired not out having scored 50. After four wickets had fallen Darren Harvey also retired not out also on 50. Rory Wolfe and Paul Scott took the total to 234 for 7 off their 40 overs.

The fourth eleven the batted and were soon 64 for 6 only Jack Ansley 10 and Nathan Jones 14 reached double figures. Leaving young Oliver Curran to carry his bat on 70 not out including 11 fours. The wickets were shared around with Jake Forey picking up 3 for 24. The fourth eleven were finally dismissed for 147 off 26.4 overs. However, a lot of promise was shown by both young teams.