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STOKE Gabriel stormed into the last four of the Aaron Printers Cup thanks to a 96-run win over Bovey Tracey 2nd XI, writes Conrad Sutcliffe
Stoke batted the full 20 overs in the Sunday fixture at the Eastley Memorial Field and reached 132 for seven.
The top three of Jack Tolley (14), Andy Kingdon (28) and Seb Ansley (45) laid the foundations by taking the score to 96 for four. Bovey’s Will Christophers (4-2-14-1) was particularly hard to get away.
Spinners Ollie Clifford-Bourne (3-27) and Chris Yabsley (2-16) changed the dynamic of the game as wickets fell in the latter stages.
Bovey stumbled from nine for three to 18 for six and were all out for just 36 in the 13th over.
Jake Robinson (4-17) took out four of the top five and there were two wickets each for Issac Withington, Tolley and Ansley as Bovey crumbled.
Winning skipper Tolley said he had been concerned his side’s total was not enough, but those fears proved groundless.
“We were on for 170-180 before Bovey pulled it back with their spinners in the middle and thought we were about 30 or 40 short with 132,” said Tolley.
“Our intensity with the ball, and in the field, carried over from Saturday and I think the Bovey batsmen underestimated our side.
“Other than Isaac bowling Sam Taylor with great delivery, the rest of their top seven got out trying to smack it on a wicket where you couldn't do that. At 18 for six there was no coming back.”
Bradley Causey, the Bovey Tracey captain, said there could be no complaints from his team about the manner of their defeat.
“Credit to Stoke Gabriel: all four of their bowlers turned up and hit a good length,” said Causey.
“Seven of our batsmen were out caught in the ring, and Stoke took all their catches.
“We were disappointed afterwards as we felt we had a strong side that could have pushed on to the latter stages of the competition.”
Waiting for Stoke in the semi-finals on August Bank Holiday Sunday are Torquay, who overcame Barton by 30 runs.
Torquay posted 150 for six in 20 overs built around knocks of 48 from Tom Drake, 32 by James Tyler and 34 from veteran Mike Pugh. Tyler and Drake put on 57 for the second wicket.
Morgan Harford (2-16) was easily the pick of the Barton bowlers.
The game got away from Barton during the time it took for them to slip from 46 for one to 59 for six. Senior players Drake and Ian Baker took two wickets up top but five of the next six went to the teenage strike force of James Tyler, Blaise Baker and Harry Passenger as Barton subsided to 120 all out.
Torquay will entertain Stoke Gabriel in the first semi-final.
Ashburton were waved through by South Devon in the other half of the draw and will host Paignton 2nd XI in the second semi-final.
Paignton got through thanks to an 11-run win over Shaldon, who found 101 to win just a few too many and were all-out for 89 with two balls to go.
No one made more for Paignton than the brace of 16s scored by Charlie Ward and Sam Woodcock, although three more double-figure scores helped the total along.
Shaldon bowlers Ben Coen, Freddie Bond and Seb Linnitt gave Paignton very little to hit.
Shaldon stumbled to three for two at first but looked in a strong position at 71 for four after knocks from Todd Ballman (22) and Karl Blackburn (26).
The turning point was the demise of Andrew Espley (14), the second of three victims for Luke Medlock.
Medlock went on to claim three for 20, Charlie Ward returned for a second spell and finished with three for 10 as Shaldon lost six wickets for 18 runs on their way to defeat.
Paignton will have home advantage in the last four on August Bank Holiday Sunday.
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