Torquay CC in the early evening sun


NOAH Rider took five wickets and Neal Osborn cracked an unbeaten half-century to speed Torquay II to victory over South Devon II in the first round of the Brockman Cup.

Opener Mark Andrews top scored for South Devon with 65 – 10 fours and a six – in their total of 113 all out.Neal Osborn

Andrews and skipper Rob Stephens put on 52 for the first wicket before Ian Baker (1-14) dismissed the latter for 14.

Andrews was fourth out on 102, lbw to Osborn (3-12) in the 17thover, which sparked a major South Devon collapse.

Noah Rider - five wicketsThe next six wickets fell for just 11 runs added with Rider scything through the lower order on his way to figures of five for 15 in 2.5 overs.

The end, when it came was dramatic.

Off-spinner Rider dismissed James Hargreaves then Jamie Lowther in successive balls, was hit for four by next man in Jay Moulton, the bowled Moulton and Sam Beamont one after the other. That was four wickets taken in five balls!

South Devon kept it tight at first with opening bowlers Hargreaves and Anthony Bingley giving nothing away.

The turning point was the ninth over when Stephens’ first ball of his spell was lamped for six over mid-wicket by Osborn, who was Torquay United's back-up goalie last season.

Osborn and Karssons (38) took Torquay to 94 four eight, tucking into Stephens’ off-spin (0-52) with relish.

Karssons never looked entirely comfortable against Dave Lear’s spin bowling and there was something predictable about his lbw dismissal. He made 38 useful runs first though.

Torquay had time on their side though and Osborn as able to wait for the bad ball and hit it a long way.

Osborn finished unbeaten on 62 from 48 balls faced, which included four sixes and four fours.

Torquay will be at home to Barton or Stoke Gabriel in the second round on May 22.