Review of 2018

Mens Cricket

Review of 2018

  • Our Saturday 1stXI finished sixth in the Devon Premier League. As with last season, on the final day there were still six teams including NDCC that could have been relegated. A comfortable (in the end) victory over Bovey Tracey CC saw us secure another year in the top flight. Highlights of the season were Dan Bowsers 3 100’s including an innings of 113 on the final day helping us stay up, Ed Yeo’s rapid 123 against Sidmouth, and Ben Howe breaking into the 1st Josh King’s leading the bowling attack with 23 wickets from 140 overs, AJ’s excellent return of 32 wickets at 16.75 and Steffan James match-winning 5 for 18 against Hatherleigh on Sponsors day, bowling them out for 106 and giving us time to chase it down before the Sweden vs England game started! Four players represented Devon during the season – Josh King, Jack Popham, Ed Yeo and Tom Ansell.
  • Our Saturday 2ndXI had another disappointing season, only Jay Rothery scored over 250 runs in the season – availability of top order batsmen being the main problem. Highlights were Richard Screech and Jay Rothery recovering from 50-4 chasing 192, to win with 18 overs and 3 wickets to spare – Jay unbeaten on 92 – plus Richard Screech’s 57 on a sticky one at Countess Wear. David Hartley took the bowling honours, taking 26 wickets at 18.77. The 2ndXI will be in the E Division East and looking to get back to where we should be – availability looking much better next year, but we’ve heard that one before!
  • The Saturday 3rdXI were in the promotion mix until the last game of G Division East. The batting honours could have gone to a number of players, Mark Ansell (111 – just for Shep!), Domonic Ford (95*), Phil Pennington (88), Jeremy Thompson (85) and u15 Reuben Windley with 73 were top scorers through the season – but the highlight was undoubtedly Jay Rothery’s unbeaten 220 from 100 balls against Whimple when asked to play for the 3’s to get a bat. Once again, the key to our bowling attack was Alastair Ashworth, taking 16 wickets from his 97 overs at an economy of 2.9. Tim Cook (17) and Steve Popham (10) provided backup, and of the youngsters, Archie Popham, Nathan Ware, Jed Foster plus “newcomers” Will Popham and Alfred Reynolds all bowled some fine spells and it’s great to see some new talent coming through.

Our T20 squad reached the final of the Servicemaster Clean Devon T20 Finals day, recovering from 22-5 to post 135-9 against Collumpton – Rob Gear top scoring with 47 – and then restricted them to 112.

In the final against Exmouth we let them get away from us, posting 174-5, but we kept up with the rate until the last couple of overs – a maiden being the nail in the coffin – but posted a respectable 158, only losing wickets at the end trying to get the extra runs. Dan Bowser (51) and Ben Howe (60) providing the bulk of the runs.

Ladies Cricket

North Devon Tarka Ladies finished a very close second in Devon in the Devon Women’s League – see the Ladies and Girls Report for the full report.