Wednesday, June 12 2013 @ 08:16 AM BST
Contributed by: committee
Due to the cancellation of the 2nd XI, the 4s match was switched to Mt Wise Ė thankfully meaning we were not worried about the location of the keys this time!! Paignton 4s were the opponents and they arrived with a stronger than anticipated team because their 3rd XI didnít have a game due to a team withdrawing from their league.
The 4s travelled to Hogwarts to play city rivals Plymstock 3s in the Quidditch world cup - well that's partly true. Kelly College was the setting in what was as far removed from Torpoint as one could imagine.
In what we believe to be the first ever all 4th XI match in the Devon League, the 4s ventured to local rivals Cornwood for the curtain raiser to the 2013 season.
Led by Joe Cunningham, in his second stint as skipper of the 4s, the team made up of the young and the very old (no names) were looking to bounce back from last seasonís relegation into the E Division West and start the new campaign with a win against a side who have finished 3rd in the last 2 seasons and so must be fancied to challenge for promotion again.
After the last 2 weeks of washouts our fate was already confirmed as 10th place on the league, meaning next year we will be in the 'E' Div West however unlike most of the climate experienced this did not dampen our spirits as we travelled to the middle of the Moors to one of the most pictureseques settings to play cricket, Chagford.
Chagford is a complete contrast to Torpoint, flat batting track with a fabulous pavilion and we all saw something we haven't seen at Torpoint this year- the sun!
We won the toss (again!!) and decided to bat first. JC and Phil opened the batting but Phil was soon back in the pavilion as was his succesor Joe HB who needs to learn to shout 'NO' at senior players if there is no run.... Sam Knapman joined JC and these 2 rallied for a few overs before JC was soon back enjoying the Sky TV in the Pavilion, Mike Hope the next man in. Some big hitting from both of these moved the score to 71-3 before Sam was caught in the gully for 32. Jimmy, obviously enjoying Sky as well came and went very quickly as did Lewis Edmonds. Barney stuck with Mike Hope for a bit before being bowled bringing Rhys to the crease with the score at about 110-7. Rhys supported Mike (who passed 50 - only the 2nd time a 4s player has done so this year!) very well before Mike was caught for 69 in the deep with the score now above 150. Rhys fell quickly after going for a second run and Langers was the last to go with us on 158. Fahad not out on 2. 158 was perhaps below par but with only 3 players making double figures it was a decent effort.
After a fantastic tea we set about bowling the oppostion out. Barney and Langers took the new ball and we collected a couple of early wickets, one for each - both caught behind by Phil. Sadly Mr Extra was scoring too many runs for the oppo was we struggled with our line. Langers collected his second wicket, caught at mid off by Jimmy, with Chagford in the 20s and we sensed blood... Rhys and Joe HB were the first change bowlers and it was Rhys who removed the final opener, finding movement off the pitch to hit middle stump. Despite the wickets, the runs were still coming (much like against Ivybridge a few weeks back) so we turned to young spinner Fahad Ali with great results. Fahad was encouraged to toss the ball up and once he had the confidence to do so he removed 4 batsmen, 3 bowled and 1 LBW, including 2 in 2 balls. Jimmy came on at the other end and picked up a wicket. This all left Chagford at 120-9 with 15 overs left. JC replaced Jim and he eventually found a way through the defences meaning we left Chagford with our 3rd win of the season plus the added bonus of ALL 4 Plymouth sides winning on the last week of the season.
The second half of the season was a much improved effort from the first 9 games, we picked up 82 points which is only 2 less than Ivybridge who finished 2nd in the league.
It will be the 'E' Division West next year but if we play with the same attitude and commitment as we did in the second half of the system lets hope that it's only a temporary arrangement.
Many thanks for everyone for their help during the year - Martin Couldwell for spending many long, painful afternoons umpiring (more often than not from both ends) and to Matt Jones for deputising in Martin's absence. Jill and Al Callicott for scoring and preparing great teas every week and Mrs Butson for having everything ready on a Saturday morning for the admin side of things! Without this support it really could have been a long season..... Thanks
A cancelled game was not what the doctor ordered for the 4th XI in their quest for survival (which could potentially be 9th place - although mere speculation at this stage) especially against a side we are scrapping with at the wrong end of the table.
One plus for the day was that with 6 point haul we actually gained 2 points back on Chagford, who could only pick up 4 points in defeat against our conquerers from last week Ivybridge.
Next week's games see Paignton play Ashburton and us play against Plympton, with Chagford away at Plym Civil Service & Rob.
The final week sees Paignton at Dartington, Ashburton home to Ivybridge and Plympton play host to Lewdown with what could be a proper dog fight when we go to Chagford. As long as we outscore them by at least 2 or more points next week, then go to Chagford and stuff them (20pts to nil) whilst dodging the fantastic summer weather we have experienced recently, we will finish at least 9th and hopefully stay up if the earlier assumption is correct - simple........
The 4s welcomed long time table toppers Ivybridge to the promised land of cricket that is Antony Rd Playing Field last weekend, with our visitors very confident of an easy victory based upon current league placings and our trip to Filham Park earlier in the season. They certainly didn't expect to rely on their number 11 to drag them over the line with 3 balls to spare...
The 4s welcomed Torquay to Antony Rd, Torpoint needing as many points as possible to keep alive any hopes of survival. The team was much changed with only 3 people from the previous weeks defeat at Roborough in the line up.
We won the toss and asked Torquay to have a bat first. Initially the Torquay openers got stuck in but the golden arm of Rothers got the breakthrough. Next to strike was debutant U13 Joe Langsworthy who removed the Torquay skipper, bowled for 22. Joe's opening spell in men's cricket was brilliant. It took Torquay 17 balls to score a run off Joe and in that time he had taken his first wicket. Joe came back for a later spell and took another wicket, finishing with figures of 6-3-8-2. Joe's spell was the start of our fight back as another U13, Fahad, bowled a fantastic spell (the only thing missing was a deserved wicket) and Rich Gill struck 4 times to reduced Torquay to 160-9. The other 2 wickets to fall were to another debutant Ben Hutson who eventually got the wicket his 2 spells deserved and a run out which Ben was also responsible for.
On paper we had a strong batting line up BUT as has become too common this year we collapsed early and never really recovered. As per last week our first 4 wickets fell too quickly, this time we got to 19-4! Losing Phil Baker, James Rothwell, Marcuss & Liam Edmonds. Mike Hope and Rich Gill then dug in and managed to get us up to 73-4 before we collapsed again. Mike fell for 28 but he was soon followed by Sam Knapman, Ben Hutson then Jimmy. Rich Gill was left with Joe and Fahad to try and get us home, or now to 107 for the losing draw but the inevitable happened and we lost Joe and Fahad whilst on 96, leaving Rich Gill stranded on 41.
All too often this year we have had the hard work of the first innings undone by our efforts in the second half of the game. Positives have to be the performances with the ball by Joe and Fahad. One minor plus point is that Ashburton only picked up 1 point in their game so we closed the gap on 9th place. Paignton gained one point on us, picking up 5pts in their defeat. We are 12 behind Ashburton and 15 behind Paignton with 3 of the other bottom 5 sides to play in our last 3 games. Next week it is promotion hopefuls Ivybridge coming to Antony Rd. Keep believing!
After a 2 straight victories and a small jump off the bottom of the table for the first time this season, the 4s crashed backed to fimilar ways at local rivals Plymouth CS & Roborough.
We won the toss and just a previous weeks decided to bat first - a decision that favoured our opponents from the word go! 6 balls into the innings and Joe C (0) was bowled, 2 overs later Roy (1) followed him back. We had hope, Mike Hope - but not for long as he was adjudged LBW for 0. 5-3. Joe Hagan-Burt also fell LBW for 4. 6-4 after 5 overs. Jimmy and Andy Sewell managed to weather the storm that was the opening bowlers, both bowled fantastically well giving Jimmy and Andy plenty to think about. Jimmy got to 18, mainly thanks to his outside edge and finding the gaps between first slips legs on 2 occasions, before eventually a smart catch at gully removed him. Andy had battled to 13 but undid all his hard work by guiding the leg spinner Bulley straight to backward square leg. Sam Knapman and Claire Varcoe batted smartly, picking up singles in gaps before Claire (7) got carried away and tried to take on cover's arm, sadly failing to make her ground. Sam, once again, played very well and got to 19 before he was caught behind. Barney was left 8* after we had lost Rhys (0) and Fahad (1) in quick succession. 72 all out was not enough.
Quick wickets were required if we were to make a game of this, and pick up some consolation points. Not so, we were punished by their opener Fell who made a rapid 41 - we dropped him first ball! Cunners did strike and removed the other opener LBW but the drop cost us any chance as Fell hit the ball to all parts. He eventually fell with the score on 66, caught on the point boundary by Jimmy off the bowling off Joe HB. The damage was done and PCS & Rob crossed the line without any further scares and we left with 1 point and our tails between our legs.
To rub salt in the wounds, both Plympton and Ashburton won and we are 22 and 15 points behind these teams. Paignton lost but picked up more points and we are 14 points off the guys. It gets no easier with Torquay and Ivybridge both coming to Torpoint in the next 2 weeks, but we are unbeaten in our last 2 at home - let's make it unbeaten in 4!!!