Established 1891

Nine man 2nd XI sunk at Bideford

Paul Nott, skippering the side, top scored with 28 as the BCC 2nd XI crashed to a quick-fire defeat at Bideford II.

The side travelled up the North Devon Link Road with just nine players – the 1st XI had been short of four with Andy Buzza (injured), Dan Hardy (unavailable), Chris Acton (unavailable) and Tim Piper (unavailable), and the knock-on effect of that was that Thom Bunker, Bryn Jones and Ryan Shrewsberry all stepped up into the senior XI. With Phil Chappell (unavailable), Chris Dean (unavailable) and Pete Hardy (injured) – all six of the afore mentioned had played in the previous 2nd XI game, it meant a desperately under-strength 2nd XI journeyed to face the table-topping side! The team also travelled without an umpire – regular white coat man Neil Hardy was called up to play and neither did the team have a scorer!

Will Birley and Derrick Foan opened the batting and added six when Birley fell to a catch behind for four. Foan followed soon after for three and, when Connor Carthew fell for one the score was 22-3. Max Cooper was next in – and out – bowled without scoring before Rob Acton was caught for five and Tom Etheridge perished without troubling the scorers (neither team had a scorer so players from either side shared the duties!). Fourteen-year-old Riley Burgess was bowled for four and the innings ended as it started with batsman number nine – last man Neil Hardy, falling to a catch by the wicket keeper.

Skipper Nott was left unbeaten on 28 as the innings ended just over an hour after it started with the nine men bowled out in 24.2 overs for the grand total of 68 – 23 of which were extras. Take away the Nott 28 and the 23 extras an the rest of the team contributed 17 runs!

It took the home side just 48 deliveries to wrap up a 10-wicket win. Connor Carthew (0-22 in two), Rob Acton (0-13 in three), Max Cooper (0-16 in one) and Tom Etheridge (0-14 in five balls), were the bowlers used.