BROCKMAN CUP SPONSORED BY VALEPORT
ABBOTSKERSWELL batter Charlie Hill caned Stoke Gabriel’s bowling for an unbeaten century in the T20 Brockman Cup sponsored by Valeport Ltd.
Hill hammered 123 not out – 15 fours, four sixes – as Abbotskerswell amassed 230 for three on Stoke’s Ground.
Charlie Smout-Cooper tucked into the bowling as well. He hit four fours and three sixes in a rapid 58.
Stoke were held to 95 in reply and lost by 135 runs. Mark Edwards made 34 and Kai Horsburgh 28 not out.
Leory Lane scooped the bowling plaudits for Abbots with five for 10 off four overs.
Hill has joined a short list of players to make hundreds in Devon's oldest T20 competition. The late Ray Haydock (Torquay CC) made the first back in 1978. Since then Dave Smith (St Marychurch), Chris Sleep (Brixham), Toby Codd (Abbotskerswell), Joe Wilcox (Shaldon), Mark Andrews (South Devon), Dan Wolf (Paignton), Ben Robinson (Stoke Gabriel), Ian Jarman (Abbotskerswell) and now Hill have all joined the ton-up club.
Bovey Tracey bottled up the South Devon batting to win a low-scoring game at Marsh Road by 27 runs.
Joe Forey (30), Sam Russell (28) and Sam Harvey (34) helped Bovey reach 137 for seven. Josh Hammett (2-12) bowled four tight overs for the Newtonians.
South Devon struggled against Bovey’s opening pair of Ryan Jones and Dan Boteler, then lost wickets to Alex Fulton (3-14).
Mo Waes (24), Ian Shepherd (16) and Hammett (39no) tried to catch up, but the damage was done and South Devon ran out of time at 110 for eight.
Ipplepen II went through on fewer wickets lost after they tied with Chelston & Kingskerswell.
Ben Forsey (52) and Andy Maynard (47) were the principal scorers for Pens in a total of 140 for four.
Nick Guest (41), Joe Kenny (35) and Pat Duke (12) nudged C&K closer to the target.
Duke was run out off the last ball of the match trying to scramble the second run that would have won it.
Josh Castleton with four for 25 was Pens’ hero with the ball.
Torquay’s young guns were a bit too slick for Stokeinteignhead, who bowed out of the cup by six wickets.
Opener Paul Russell (64) and Andrew Thornton-Clarke (24) scored 92 of the runs in Stoke’s total of 123 for six. No one else made more than nine.
James Tyler bagged a couple of wickets, as did Noah Rider, and Tyler hadn’t finished with Stoke yet.
After Niall McCarthy (22) and young Sonny Baker (35) opened with a 45-run stand, Tyler (35 off 19) took Torquay within six runs of victory.
Lustleigh chased 142 to win at Shaldon and got them with more than four overs to spare.
Seamus McKenna picked up where he left off against Paignton the day before with a rapid 88 to add to his 205 in the league match. Lewis Jeffrey (18) had the only other score in double figures.
Lustleigh shared the wickets around with three for Ed Griffin (3-24) and two each for Jon Wright, Matt Partridge and Matt Pearce.
Wright (31) and Chris Mason (28) gave Lustleigh a 44-run start, Matt Pearce (16) and Ed Griffin let the board ticking over with Griffin (42no) and James Fulner (16no) still there at the end.
Round two draw: Bovey Tracey v Ipplepen, Barton v Torquay, Abbotskerswell v Paignton, Babbacombe v Lustleigh. All ties to be played on August 23.
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