Week 1 – Saturday 1st May

The Devon Cricket League started on Saturday 1st May and Bovey Tracey as usual fielded 4 teams.

The first XI travelled to Cornwood. Bovey won the toss and decided to field. The rain came for the first time and start was delayed each side losing 3 of the 50 allocated overs each side. The Cornwood openers had difficulty facing Hugo Whitlock and Elliot Adams and soon found themselves on 52 for 5. Only Aaron Richards had any answer to the Bovey attack he secured 54 off 92 balls in just 3 hours. A further rain interruption reduced the overs again with DLS to 41 overs per side. The Bovey bowlers toiled away Hugo Whitlock was outstanding picking up 3 for 25 off 8.1 overs including 40 dot balls. Elliot Adams 2 for 20, Seb Ansley 2 for 25 & Chris Bradley 3 for 20. Cornwood managed 140 in 38.1 overs.

After a short break (no teas) Bovey lost their 3 opening batsmen and had only scored 17. Newcomer Max Romer-Lee batted well and with the other batsmen scored 69 not out and hit the winning runs with a six over the sight screen. Ashley Causey 16 and Seb Ansley 14 chipped in to take the revised total past the target ending on 138 for 7 off 30.1 overs. 18 points secured.

The Second Eleven were at home to Kilmington 1st XI. The Bovey skipper won the toss and elected to field. The visitors scored 216 for 5 off their revised overs of 35. Billy Read dominated the visitor’s innings scoring 113 not out, off 98 balls including 15-4’s and 3-6’s. Tom Gooding scored 69 in a partnership of 147. Charlie hill and Jerry Christophers collected one wicket each. Bovey replied with 139 all out from 27.3 overs. Freddie Ford was top score with 25. The Kilmington bowlers shared the wickets in a convincing win.

The Third Eleven welcomed Kenn 1st XI to the Stokenteignhead ground, they won the toss and put Bovey into bat. Ryan Jones 40 and Jamie Bishop 31 scored the most of Bovey’s runs and Bovey were all out for 138 off 31.5 overs. James Mason (a former Bovey player) picked up 4 for 37. Kenn replied with 141 for 3 off just 24 overs. Principally scored by James Gosling with 61 off 48 balls. Bovey bowler Oliver Briddock picked up all three of Kenn’s wickets ending 3 for 42. Not a good day for Bovey 3rds.

Bovey 4th Eleven travelled to Palston Park South Brent. Bovey lost the toss and were inserted. Bovey did not bat well securing just 104 all out off 30.1 overs. Malcolm Senior was highest score with 28. The South Brent bowlers included Pete Glen with 4 for 36. South Brent started well with a partnership of 33, Bovey bowlers Harry Pitman with 3 for 32 and Shawna Ball with 2 for 23 gave the away side a chance but Bovey had not scored enough runs and South brent passed the Bovey total off just 22 overs.

By Geoff Coish