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Saturday 3 July 2021 - Devon League Match Reports

Updated: Jul 5, 2021

Ashburton first team travelled to play their Stoke Gabriel counterparts on Saturday missing several regular players.

Stoke Gabriel won the toss and elected to bat and found the going tough against excellent new ball spells from Steve Edmonds (9 overs, 2 for 22) and Ryan May (9 overs, 1 for 33). Only Jack Tolley (40) made any headway, although he was fortunate to survive when a regulation catch went down early in his innings.

Matt Churchill (8 overs, 3 for 30) and Chris Yeo (9 overs, 2 for 15) also gave little away as Stoke slumped to 101 for 9. Harrison Yeates (16) and Kyle Lardner (18no) then added a further 34 for the last wicket which would prove crucial as Stoke were all out for 135.

Just like the previous week, Ashburton's reply was based around opener Lloyd White who showed that runs could be scored if a sensible approach was taken. Unfortunately wickets tumbled at the other end to a succession of poor shots as Ashburton nosedived to 72 for 7. Chris Yeo (17) showed some fight and, with White, added 38 as Ashburton pushed for an unlikely victory. However when he was dismissed with 26 needed, White decided he needed to try and finish the game himself and was caught on the long on boundary shortly after for a fine 57 as Ashes were all out for 116 with 5.3 overs remaining to lose by 19 runs.

After the game skipper Ash Berry said "The bowlers turned up, but we were off the boil in other areas today. We'll take the positives and go again. Lloyd batted well again and there were good performances from Charlie Towers and Jake Bartram.".

On the left is first team skipper Ashley Berry awarding Jake Bartam his first team cap after his debut on Saturday.

Ashburton second team entertained Teignmouth and Shaldon seconds and after winning the toss, bowled first.

Fine bowling by Jerry Crouch (7 overs, 4 for 16), Robin Lambert (6 overs, 2 for 13) and Ashton West (7 overs, 2 for 47) saw the visitors dismissed for 160 with only Josh Hall (35) and Morgan Couch (31no) making much headway.

Ashburton's reply was based around an excellent unbeaten 74 from skipper Phil Pascoe. Unfortunately he found support hard to come by as only Martin Causey (14) and Greg Robinson (10) managed double figures and Ashburton fell 24 runs short as they were all out for 136 with 11 balls remaining.

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