Club’s mini Tour to Devon

KCC in Devon – May 2015

A great Tour was had by the Players and the many supporters who travelled down to Devon over the May Bank Holiday weekend (24th-27th. May).

Nineteen hardy souls set off on Sunday 24th. May for their mini Tour to Devon  to play three matches at Heathcote Cricket Club, Exmouth Cricket Club and Sidmouth Cricket Club over the late May Bank Holiday weekend. They arrived in cloudy conditions at Heathcote, where they were joined by several travelling supporters who remained with the Tourists for the duration of the Club Tour. The clouds were to soon disappear and great weather was had as the sun shone.

In the first 40 overs a side match at HEATHCOTE CRICKET CLUB, a magnificent venue overlooking  the lovely scenery, the Tourists batted first and made 229-7, with openers Tom Booker 36 and James Nason 64 including 9 boundaries putting 69 for the first wicket. Nason then added 64 for the 5th wicket partnership with Neil Goodman who went onto make a superb 84 with 14 boundaries before Mark Deeley made an unbeaten 22. However, the shot of the day was made by Guy Pearson who caressed the ball through the covers as  non- striker  Nason watched in stunned  disbelief and admiration at the ease of it. Heathcote, a strong outfit, eventually reached 231-8 to win the match as overseas import Barnes led the side to victory with a hard hitting unbeaten 78 after Dart had earlier made 41 and Drew 25. Tom Pope was in fine form bowling with his pacy action and was duly rewarded with a fine 5-66. Nason  turned his arm over to take 2-23 and Chris Prophet 1-42. After the match, the Tourists headed to their Headquarters in Exmouth to sample the delights of the seaside town.

On Monday, the Tourists played at EXMOUTH CRICKET CLUB and throughout the build up to the match the outfield was surrounded by a couple of hundred of cars. Feeling, they had come to watch and support them, the Tourists were eager to put on a good show for all (They later found out that Exmouth CC have a nice little earner under cutting car park fees on the seafront for the holidaymakers and visitors to the town). Exmouth batted first and posted 179 all out after Bolt made 40 and Scheufleur 30. Geoff Edmunds took 3-34 and Chris Prophet snapped up 3-34 as well. Mike Watts Junior took 2-29 with his leg spin whilst Tom Pope and Neil Goodman took a wicket a piece. Replying, it was the Jorjeet Singh appreciation show. He made a stunning 70 hitting 8 boundaries as he shared in a 71 run 1st wicket partnership with Tom Booker who made 40 (7 x 4) before sharing in a 79 run second wicket partnership with Chris Prophet 39 (another 7 x 4). Singh fell 3 runs before the target was reached but had engineered the side to victory as the Tourists reached 182-3 to chalk up their first win and a few jars afterwards to celebrate before once again heading  into town to be further fed and watered.

On Tuesday, the final match of the mini tour, the Tourists went to SIDMOUTH CRICKET CLUB, a delightful ground directly on the sea front. Parking in the Town was a nightmare but that did not spoil the day. Sidmouth put out an exceptionally strong side, with overseas players and a County player. Need more be said! No!  They racked up a stunning 375-3 off their 40 overs. The first wicket fell on 141 as Miles made 93 hitting 11 boundaries and 6 sixes and Powell 51 (4 x4, 3 x 6).  Then the third wicket partnership  saw a further 202 runs being added as overseas De Costa blazed his way to 127 not out hitting 16 boundaries and a six whilst Sargant chipped in with 72 (5 x 4). The bowlers tried their best but only Geoff Edmunds with 1-44, Mike Watts Jnr 1-68 and Alex Watts 1-69 got into the wickets column in the scorebook.  Not undeterred at the challenging score, the Tourists made the best of the batting track and outfield the best they could. Chris Prophet made a solid 72 hitting numerous fours, Guy Pearson made a quick fire and hard hitting 39 whilst jolly Jeff Stanners posted 31 that saw him hit 7 boundaries. The side made a very respectful 251-10 the last wicket to fall with 3 balls of the match remaining. Goodwin took 4-30, Clayden 2-39 and Shuttleworth 2-45 for the hosts.

A final Tour debrief was later held in watering establishments in Exmouth and the conclusion of it, was what a fabulous time had been had for the three days. The Tourists found their Headquarters – The Dolphin Hotel – a great choice, welcoming and friendly.

Thanks go to the Tour organizers, those who played and especially to the numerous supporters who made the efforts to come down and enjoy the weekend. It was great to see some ‘old’ club faces and make the Tour for all. Let’s hope that there will be a repeat in 2016.

WELL DONE ALL!!

Below are a series of pictures have been attached as thumbnails. Click on  a picture to enlarge it and then navigate through each page (there are 3 pages) – of the pictures as each page only holds a maximum of 20 photos. Don’t miss out on page 2 and page 3!

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