Despite the reports of a wet wicket the fourths travelled to Chagford and were met by sunshine and by 2pm a dry strip.
Things started well or so we thought when Captain BARNES won the toss and with a forecast of rain throughout the afternoon elected to bowl.
The rain never materialised and Chagford batted on the best strip that the fourths had seen so far this season, despite this the fourths kept the Chagford top order in check keeping them down to less than seventy before drinks but unfortunately lacked the necessary penetration to take wickets.
After the break Chagfrod accelerated their innings but were kept in check by GANDOLF aka Nige who supported by some excellent catching finished with 5 - 54 in twelve overs and he was ably supported by Ben SINGLEHURST 9 - 1 - 35 - 2, Macca (Macauley MARTIN) 5 - 0 - 26 - 0, Joe CUNNINGHAM 13 - 2 - 39 - 0 and James ROTHWELL 7 - 0 - 36 - 0.
By the end of their innings Chagford had reached 188 - 8 which was probably at least thirty runs more than they should have achieved.
This was down to bowlers providing too many easy to hit four balls and fielders in the ring allowing to many singles to be taken.
THESE ARE TWO AREAS WHICH NEED WORKING ON IN TRAINING, BUT ALOT CAN BE SOLVED BY PLAYERS SHOWING MORE DESIRE IN THE FIELD.
Despite the earlier weather forecasts the first heavy showers came during the tea break but this did not stop Plymouth geting off to a steady score with openers Captain BARNES and James ROTHWELL putting on 3 runs per over until about the eighth over when a further shower came down which forced the players to leave the pitch. On return the wicket showed it first signs of indiffferent bounce and James ROTHWELL fell for 10 with the total at 31 when a delivery stopped in the surface and he holed out to mid off.
The Chagford bowlers line and length was excellent and with the changes in the wicket Captain BARNES followed the same way for 34, progress was now slow not helped by a wet outfield, further rain interruptions and with wickets falling at regular intervals the win was soon out of reach.
Alex THOMAS making his senior debut for the club came in at six and remained unbeaten on 26 in a faultless innings which bodes well for the future but lacked the support of anyone else and Plymouth were bowled out for 98 in the 45th over.
This gave a return of only four points from the day.
The margin between the two sides was not as great as the scores suggest and the weather did play a part in the match although to be truthful if the weather had stayed dry it would have been difficult to reach the required total with a batting side who are currently low on confidence.
Chagford did the basics well and for a side vastly senior in years to ourselves out fielded and out bowled ourselves offering very few scoring deliveries.
Some highlights were the debuts of Alex THOMAS (batting), Macca who bowled well at a time when Chagford were accelerating the innings and his figures did not reflect his efforts and the mercurial GANDOLF who his quickly becoming the most feared bowler in D west.