The euphoria of a match night one success for the BCC Indoor VI was quickly replaced with embarrassment as the team were comfortably beaten by a Newton St Cyres side that had, seven days before, been totally thrashed by Tiverton!
As the ‘home’ side for fixture two of the six-game season, BCC batted first. However, with Will (Greig) letting it be known he was going to be late and a ‘no-show’ from Ash, it meant just four players were ready at the start time.
Fortunately the ever-willing Dave Bunker was on hand to pad up also! Tom Bunker, who top-scored with an unbeaten 41 on match night one, opened with Ryan Shrewsberry, but the latter ran himself out in over two and, when Will Birley was caught, like his Exeter College mate Shrew, without scoring in over three, the innings was a calamitous 8-3!
It did not get much better, though young Bunker did his bit for the cause, hitting 17 before being bowled. Chris Acton, in his first outing of the indoor season, fell for three, and Dave Bunker also scored three before he became the final wicket to fall leaving Will Greig to bat alone with Bunks senior as the non-batting other-end-runner.
Big Will tried to bat out the overs to eke out every possible run, but the running out of Bunks left Will high and dry and he was not out nine as the innings closed on a well below-par 64 all out.
Will Greig and Chris Acton launched the bowling effort. Second eleven skipper Acton’s first over went for nine and the big chaps first yielded 10 runs. Acker’s second went for five and Will G’s second also went for five.
Will Birley was first change and his two overs went for seven and five and he had a catch dropped when the ball was driven sharply to Chris Acton at mid-on, but the ball went in and then out of the Acker’s hands!
It was second change Dave Bunker who picked up the one wicket a bowler claimed with son Tom taking a smart catch behind. Bunks senior also was the chap behind the only other wicket to fall with his throw seeing to a run out.
The winning run was scored with still two-and-a-half overs to bowl. That, in this format, represents a hiding!
Next up for BCC another match with Newton St Cyres with an 8pm start on Friday, October 30.
Scores: BCC 64 all out (T Bunker 17, W Greig 9no, C Acton 3, D Bunker 3, W Birley 0, R Shrewsberry 0), Newton Poppleford 65-2 (D Bunker 1-20 (2), C Acton 0-17 (3), W Birley 0-12 (2), W Greig 0-16 (2.3).
Newton Poppleford win by four wickets with 15 balls to spare.