The swirling mist that
had been omnipresent on the journey down to the well tendered Veryan ground
finally had the final say when at
6.00 o’clock the game
was abandoned, conveniently after the latest edition of Neighbours.
Fortunately Devon had bowled the ten overs necessary to create a result and
they won two vital points on run rate. After a depressing trip through mist
and rain it was reassuring to receive a text message from James Gibson
reporting that all was well at our final destination. Time then for a wrong
turning and a five mile detour that wasted twenty minutes – manager late
James Carr called correctly and despite the risk of rain decided to bat.
In difficult moist conditions Daniel Bowser and Josh Bess batted well
to within three runs of their second successive century partnerships.
This time Bess was the dominant partner and the first to fall chipping
Bone to Snell for an excellent 83 ball 70 having hit 12 fours. His partner,
well set, then committed the sin of sins and did not bat on falling nine
balls later giving Libby the charge and was comfortably stumped by Richards.
He will learn that his responsibility is to bat on and feature in other
large partnerships. Fortunately after a quite start the two left handers
Gary Chappell, making his debut at 16s, and Matt Cooke put on 101 in 21
overs. The pair reinforced their coaches, James Gibson, great belief in
partnerships and they complemented each other with outstanding running
and orthodoxy from Chappell and Cooke stretching the coaching manual to
the limit inviting his hosts to post a long stop for his latest improvisation.
Cornwall did not take the chances offered but bowled at an excellent rate
in now increasingly misty conditions. Cooke batted for 76 minutes, faced
76 balls and struck 7 fours and a six in his 60 when he holed out. Chappell’s
contribution had been equally important and at the demise of Cooke he
was joined by his under 15 colleague David Wrench also making his debut.
Chappell unselfishly gave his wicket away at 208 for 34 after 90 minutes
at the crease facing 65 balls. Wrench and Jack Porter then ran everything
and Devon finished on 213-4.
After Tea it was essential that Devon bowled at least ten overs and fortunately
they got in 12 before the umpires called the players off at 5.04 when
the mist just got stuck. Ross Acton picked up two wickets his first caught
at short leg by Porter and the second a caught and bowled. Tom Allin removed
Libby’s centre stump and at 28-3 of twelve the visitors were well placed.
At 6.00pm it was decided we could make the long trip home, Veryan Cricket
Club were delightful hosts doing everything in their power to make the
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