The first BCC 2nd XI team of 1984 was the one that entertained Torquay Corinthians at Kensham Park on May 6
The BCC XI that day (in batting order) were:
John Kenshole, Del French, Dave Trump, Pete Goldby, Terry May, Miles Joiner, Pete Hardy, Paul Green, Steven Trump, Craig Hawkins and Roy Nott.
Batting first, Bradninch were restricted to a total of 132-7, a score that would have been a lot less but for a half-century from opener Del French who hit a seven boundary 57. Terry May was the ‘best of the rest’ with a knock of 24 before ‘retiring’ and the only other double figure scores were knocks of 10 from John Kenshole and 10 from Miles Joiner.
Torquay Corinthians got home, winning by three wickets. One memorable feature of this game was it was in a time when a bowler could, and often would, ‘bowl through’. In this case it was Roy Nott who bowled unchanged for 19 overs on his way to a return of 2-60. John Kenshole, who opened with Roy Nott, took 4-23 from 13 overs and the other wicket was claimed by Dave Trump (1-13 from three).
Eight days later Bradninch entertained Bickleigh and, batting first, closed on 179-8
Opener Billy Wells top-scored with 63. The other main contributions with the bat were number nine Roger Miles with an unbeaten 30 and that was also the score that came from the bat of number three Richard Hawkins.
The outcome of the game was a draw as Bickleigh closed on 130-9. Roger Miles, Roy Nott, John Wykes and Billy Wells each claimed two wickets and there was one wicket for Craig Hawkins.
Game three that season was memorable as it saw ‘Ninch’ bowled out for just 37!
It was on a visit to Culmstock — who remembers those wonderful teas served up by the home club’s ‘mother’?
The home side batted first and were bowled out for 138 with John Wykes taking the bowling honours with a six-wicket haul. The Wykes return was 6-42 and there were a brace of wickets for both Roy Nott and Richard Hawkins. Only two batsmen reached double figures in the reply — number three Richard Hawkins scored 12 and opener Jon Kenshole scored 10. There were no fewer than five ducks with these picked up by Del French, Paul Green, Keith Walker, Phil May and Steven Trump.
That season an August 12 visit to Uffculme saw the team land a 100 run win!
Batting first, Richard Hawkins (50) and John Wykes (62) put on 110 for the second wicket as the team closed on 171-5. Jon Wykes then completed a memorable day as he took five wickets for just 16 runs from 11 overs sent down in two spells. Mike Kellow, who opened the bowling, sent down 11 overs, five of which were maidens and he also claimed a single wicket as did Simon Steer while Richard Hawkins bagged a brace.
In late August there was a close encounter played out at Cockington
Bradninch batted first and were bundled out for just 85 in less than 36 overs. Pete Hardy (16) and Del French (14) were the two batters with the highest scores. However, that low total was sufficient to bring about an away win as Cockington were then bowled out for just 81 from 32 overs. First change Chris Acton sent down a dozen overs for his return of 5-24. Paul Nott, who opened the bowling and sent down 14 overs in quick succession, returning figures of 3-27 and Sam Mullick picked up a couple of wickets.