The indoor six-a-side team were beaten by Exeter when they met them in the opening round of the Exeter Indoor Cricket League KO Cup on the final Friday of November.
At stumps, the difference between the teams was in the batting department with BCC, batting first, being 10-20 runs shy of a competitive total against top division Exeter.
Once again skipper Thom Bunker had a very hard time getting even six onto the pitch – Brian Cann stepped into the breach to help the cause and Bryn Jones made his second successive appearance whilst Ottery St Mary teenager Joe Henkus played his second game for the team, Dave Bunker – as he always does – stepped in to help make up the numbers while skipper Thom Bunker and Will Birley kept up there ever-present status this season.
The skipper and Bryn Jones gave the team a good start before Jones fell for nine. Brian Cann was next in – and next out – crucially without scoring – a fate that also befell young Joe Henkus. When skipper Bunker junior fell for the sides top score of 23 (a knock that takes him past an impressive 150 indoor runs this season) – it left the game looking set for a mighty early finish. However, not for the first time, Bunker senior and Birley junior joined forces to defy the Division One side and take the team from a paltry 48-4 to a close of 87. Birley made 14 and Bunker senior, 12.
Exeter eased home, using up just eight of their 12 overs. There were highlights for the BCC team with Brian Cann bowling a brace of superb overs and picking up a couple of wickets. Dave Bunker also picked up a wicket helped by some smart work behind the stumps from young Henkus.
The defeat means that BCC now move into the Plate competition that they won so well last season. They play University III this coming Friday with the winners playing the following Friday in the Plate final.