Carthew century guides 2nd XI to win at Upottery
Connor Carthew lit the fuse on a second-half-of-the-season promotion bid by the 2nd XI when he hit a superb unbeaten 118 to guide the team to a two wicket win at Upottery on match day 11 of the Tolchards Devon League 2nd XI B Division East campaign.
Upottery won the toss and bated first and the opening pair put on 75 before wicketkeeper Bryn Jones pouched a snick off the bowling of Rob Acton. It was soon 92-2 with stand-in skipper Acton again the wicket taker, this time knocking over the opener’s stumps.
Ten runs were added and then Acton claimed his third and final wicket – again hitting the stumps – as his spell of 10 overs saw him finish with figures of 3-31.
Mark Ashplant, on as first changed, bagged wickets number four and five – one clean bowled and one thanks to a Jones catch behind. That left Upottery 135-5 and it was soon 139-6 after 38 overs with Phil Chappell taking a return catch.
However, that’s as good as it got for the visiting team as the hosts then added 67 for the unbroken seventh wicket to close on 206-6. The bowling figures, Acton apart, were; Ashplant (2-61 in nine), Chappell (1-28 in nine), Ryan Shrewsberry (0-50 in eight), Connor Carthew (0-16 in three) and Thom Bunker, a most economic 0-17 in 7.2.
It needs reporting that a large number of catches were dropped – no fewer than seven with one or two players guilty of dropping more than one!
The Bradninch reply was opened by Ryan Shrewsberry and Thom Bunker, but both were back in the Upottery pavilion by the end of the sixth over for 9 and 11 respectively. Connor Carthew joined number three bat Mark Ashplant and they took the score to 85 before Ashplant fell, bowled for 25. Bryn Jones took over and he and Carthew added 35 for the fourth wicket before Jones succumbed, caught for 12 with the score then 120-4. Paul Nott was next man in – and out – falling for a rare duck, but when the same instant fate befell Rob Acton, the run chase was a wobbling 124-6 after 31 overs. Derrick Foan joined Carthew and, although the veteran batsman only scored four he did add 40 for the seventh wicket across six-and-a-half overs.
Foan was caught and his replacement, Max Cooper, went the same way for five to leave the chase 193-8 after 40 overs and the winning line tantalisingly close.
It was passed with Phil Chappell keeping centurion Carthew company and the winning runs were struck with seven balls of the contest remaining.
Chappell was unbeaten on six, but the star of the show was Connor Carthew, dropped off the eighth ball he faced and dropped again in the nervous 90s, his ton included nine sixes and seven fours and, at one point, he clubbed three successive sixes. That single over saw the score go from 170-7 after 38 (still needing 37 from seven overs to win) to 191-7 after 39 and suddenly a much more comfortable 16 to win from six.
Hail Connor Carthew, never has a century been so important in a 2nd XI campaign.