DAN Goodey took four wickets and skipper Sam Stein three more as Plymouth walloped Cornwood by 103 runs in the derby clash at Oak Park.
Plymouth’s total of 211 all out in the last of their 50 overs – left-hander Joe Walsh top scoring with 44 in a solid set of stats – was respectable on the track.
Cornwood were never allowed to get out of the blocks though – Goodey and Dave Burke pinning them down with the new ball – then Stein and Henry Bennett turned the screw as the shine faded.
No one made more than Jackson Thompson (20) as the Corns subsided to 108 all out.
Having lost a close one to Exmouth first time out, skipper Stein was glad to put one over on the Corns.
“It was a difficult pitch to score on and I felt 211 was a decent score,” said Stein.
“No one got a big score, but most of the batters batted sensibly and chipped in with 30s and 40s.
“Joe Walsh’s knock was important as he held it together with the rest batting around him.
“It helped that he hit Jackson Thompson for four sixes in one over.
“Although all the bowlers performed well, I was really pleased for Dan Goodey.
“He has worked hard on his game in the winter and I was pleased to see he got a reward.”
Plmouth opener James Toms was an early casualty to Adam Goodliffe (3-43), but Hamish Gardinre (33), Anthony Atkinson (37) and Walsh (44) moved the core along to 157 for five.
Walsh and Hal Kerton, who hit a brisk 21 off 17 balls, went in quick succession, but Goodey (21) and Henry Bennett (16) against his former club kept the board moving.
Goodliffe took the bowling honours for Cornwood with Matt Skeemer and Craig James chipping in with a couple of wickets each.
Cornwood were 24 for none when Goodey had Thompson caught and bowled – and 28 for three after Steve Lambert and Jason Hall came and went.
Stein (3-19) got into the middle order, quelling resistance from Skeemer (13), Craig Harris (12) and skipper Elliot Staddon (18).
From 72 for six it was downhill all the way for Cornwood as Goodey returned to help knock over the tail and finish with figures of four for 25.
Cornwood skipper Staddon said he couldn’t be too critical of his side as they didn’t play that badly. Plymouth played better.
“I felt we restricted Plymouth well early with the ball and had a great start from Craig James and Matt Skeemer,” said Staddon.
“We were being disciplined with the areas we bowled and backed up well by everyone in the field.
“We let a couple early chances go with some dropped catches and should maybe of kept Plymouth under the 200 mark.
“When it came to batting a loss of early wickets put us up against it and it was a battle from there.
“Plymouth bowled tightly, creating pressure, and some assistance from the wicket created chances for them which they took.
“Although a loss there were some very pleasing points, which we look forward to building on and practicing through the week, ready to go again next Saturday.
“Plymouth deserved the win and were the better side.”