Monday 11th June arrived with a torrential downpour in Plymouth much to the relief of this Team Manager struggling to raise a team for that evenings trek to Lewdown. A quick phone call to confirm the match was off and I could watch the England v France match. Stunned by the Lewdown groundsman declaring that the stumps were in and the sun was shining!! One advantage was that the U13 game was off and I could pinch two of their players so off we went to Lewdown with an outside chance of a win.
Arrived at a sundrenched Lewdown ground with just enough time to don the white coat and walk out to Umpire, wish I hadn't when we lost Barney Couldwell and Dan Goodey in the first 2 overs. Fortunately Steve Colmer and Jon Cummings batted sensibly and took us to 42 before Steve was out caught for 12.Jon then decided to take on their bowlers and after a few 4's perished going after their spinner for 32. Contributions from Ben Singlehurst (10) and the Edmonds brothers, Lewis (10no) and Luke (8no) took our score to 91-8 from 20 overs, to give us a chance of victory if we bowled and fielded well.
After achieving their first win of the season the night before the U15'S travelled to Cornwood to play a young Cornwood Oaks side. Batting first the highlight was 115 second wicket partnership between Barney Couldwell and Dan Goodey who laid into the Cornwood bowling right from the start both were fortunate in being dropped especially Barney who had more lives than a cat!!. However they both continued to play shots before Dan was finally bowled for 64(7 fours and 3 sixes) Barney finally succumbed to a catch in the deep for his highest ever score 85 (10 fours and a six) . Tom Sparrow(9), Andy Helliwell(5no) and Claire Varcoe(3no)pushed the final total from 20 overs to 180-4.
In reply Cornwood's batsmen all scored some runs but were unable to chase such a big score thanks to some tight and controlled bowling from the Plymouth side.Steve Colmer 1-8, Lewis Edmonds 1-11, Fahad Ali 1-14, Andy Helliwell 2-16 and even Jono Cummings 1-9 all contributed s Cornwood finished on 88-6 from their 20 overs for an emphatic win.
This Cup match was played on a muggy Sunday morning, Claire lost the toss again and we were asked to bat first. Openers Jono and Barney found it difficult to score quickly, Jono(16) was bowled trying to up the run rate and Barney(20)followed shortly after caught in the deep. Claire,Rhys and Stevie followed in quick succesion and at 45-5 we didn't look like getting much of a score, Ben and Travis came together and added 35 before Ben (28) was out caught and Travis(9) was run out leaving us with a score of 100-9 from our 20 overs.
We would have to bowl and field well to win the game, Barney and Ben's opening spell was excellent and we had Yelverton reeling at 6-3 however a fourth wicket stand of 64 got Yelverton out of trouble and although Fahad came on and took 2 wickets in his first over Yelverton were almost home and so ir proved when an edgy 4in the penultimate over gave them the win.
On a dark, cold and rainy evening at Cornwood the U15'S played their first game of the season. After losing the toss and being asked to bat the players struggled to score runs only Dan Goodey(19) and Barney Couldwell (18no) managed double figures as our 20 overs produced 77-7. In reply Cornwood's Devon player Skeemer had no such problems as he reached 50 before retiring under the rules of the competition, a couple of run outs did not slow Cornwood down and they scored the winning runs in the 15th over