PLYMPTON consigned Lewdown to an unwanted place in the record books when they skittled them out for 18 at Harewood House and raced to a 10-wicket win.
Imran Ali Pasha trapped Lewdown’s South African run machine Johannes Wessels lbw with the first ball of the game – just the start Plympton captain Dan Robotham would have wanted.
Wessels has scored six A Division centuries this season and was averaging 117 going into the game!
Imran scythed through the Lewdown batting on his way to figures of seven wickets for five runs in 5.4 overs.
That bowling analysis included a hat-trick when Dan Fogerty, Nick Hayden and Tom Pearce fell in successive balls. There was no doubt about the hat-trick either as all three were bowled.
Opener John Gliddon was seven not out from 26 balls when the ninth wicket fell.
Last man Julian Burns decided there was no point going out to bat so didn’t bother!
Six Lewdown batsmen didn’t make run between them.
It was the lowest total in the A Division since 1987 when Exeter St Thomas were bowled out for 18 by Bideford, giving Lewdown a share of the record.
David Ackford (5no) and David Wrench (12) had the runs polished off in 5.4 overs.
Relations between Plympton and Lewdown are best described as strained after their last meeting, which resulted in Plympton skipper Dan Robotham getting a two-match ban over comments made in the heat of the battle.
Robotham enjoyed almost every minute of the return game, apart from letting Lewdown score as many as 18.
“It was very sweet after the game at their place earlier in season,” said Robotham.
“I was a little disappointed they got 18, but 20 points is 20 points.”
“We lost the toss on a pitch that offered nothing for seamers.
“After Wessels was dead in front they folded, not having any idea where they would get their runs from.”
Victory lifts Plympton out of the bottom two ahead of Hatherleigh, whose defeat at Paignton drops them into the relegation places.
Plympton only have a four-point safety margin and will want to improve on that when they visit doomed Ipplepen this Saturday.