Mini Tour to Devon report

Memories of the May Bank Holiday Mini Tour to Devon

A 20 man strong party (17 players) set off from Kenilworth for their tour to Devon on Sunday 29th May.       

Following the usual breakfast stop on the M5 where the Wattsy lookalikes turned out in style, we made our way to our first game fixture at Honiton CC. On a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon the players arrived to be met by our loyal band of followers, the Edmunds family, the Mort’s and Wheat’s and Alan Davies (all the way from Ottery St Mary).

A strong Kenilworth side batted first and were 50 for 3 after 13 overs with Dan Horner, Phil Edmonds and Guy Pearson all back in the hut. Neil Goodman the joined his “buddy” Christian Hose to add 120 for the 4th wicket both departed making the same score of 73. Tom Booker and Chris Prophet then added 110 runs with Booker finishing 63 not out and Prophet 25, finishing with a total of 294 for 6 off 40 overs. For Honiton, Jamie Cann took 2 for 21. In reply, Honiton struggled early on against Tom Pope and Alex Watts losing wickets at regular intervals, Andy Lapping run out 23 and Brian Kidson were the only batsmen to trouble our touring side, with Chris Prophet mopping up the tail end with 4 for 23 Honiton finished 94 all out.

A big thank you to the Honiton faithful for staging the game and providing us with a splendid tea together with the momentum of the day ‘Mr Hedgehog’.

After an eventful night out in a very busy Exmouth town it was a surprise to see so many at the breakfast table albeit some did only look at their breakfast rather than eat it. Our second game was at the delightful Exmouth CC only a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Following a pleasant morning wandering around town (in a bar or 2) we made our way to the ground, once again met by our band of supporters which had swelled on the arrival of the Booker family, Knacker and Alan’s wife Jan. Kenilworth won the toss and again elected to bat and after losing an early wicket with the score on 3 Jorjeet Singh and Chris Prophet took the score to 44 when the second wicket fell, unfortunately unlike the day before we did not take our opportunity to enjoy the Exmouth wicket, losing wickets on a regular basis and only Dan Horner with 13 not out wanted to stay at the crease leaving the touring side 123 all out from just 29 overs.                                                                                                                  

In reply from ball 1, Tom Pope had the ball in the right areas and was troubling the home side with Ali Peebles at the other end bowling straight, the home side capitulated to 51 all out with Tom Pope 5 for 21, Ali Peebles 4 for 23 and Neil Goodman finishing the game off with 1 for 4. Not a classic for some of the crowd who were among the 300 cars parked on the Exmouth ground on a beautiful bank holiday Monday afternoon.

Again thanks to Exmouth for providing their facilities and the ‘tea hut’ for providing many of our spectators with lunch and cream teas and a wonderful team tea.

Following a quieter night we made a short journey to Sidmouth another beautiful ground another beautiful day, a number of the touring party took advantage of the local cream tea shops for their mid-morning snack.

Sidmouth batted first in the game and a usual array of quality players all came out playing shots but fortunately the touring side held on to their chances given and reduced the home side to 155 for 8 in 27 overs but first teamer Rob Powell then struck the ball to all parts of Sidmouth harbour scoring 55 not out and then the side declared on 208 for 9, Geoff Edmunds 3 for 54, Alex Watts bowling a fine opening spell of 2 for 22 off 7 overs. Ali Peebles also picked up 2 wickets at a cost of 63 runs. In reply, Matt Dargan with a flourishing 26 and Chris Prophet who finished with 83 made inroads to the home side score. Mark Deeley having his second innings of the season kept the chase going making 50 before being caught and looking rather tired. The tail wagged and managed to add 20 further runs securing a 2 wicket win with 4 overs remaining.

Thanks to grounds man Colin Whitehall for providing a superb wicket and to all the Sidmouth staff for their hospitality.

A successful 3 days with 3 wins for the team and many laughs had with the players and our travelling band of supporters.


Geoff Edmunds