OH XI v The Devon Dumplings 2011
The OHs returned to Bradninch for the third year running to face the might of the Devon Dumplings (DDs) in an attempt to reverse the sound thrashing we received last year. This was not going to be easy with a depleted side; not only were we missing last year’s skipper, Seb Warner, but both Dave Chapman and Paul Zealey had to pull out at the last minute.
Under leaden skies, replacement skipper John Wicks lost the toss so we found ourselves in the field and were soon retrieving the ball from the boundary boards as last year’s centurion began to wield his willow to worryingly good effect again. Fortunately Phil Tuck induced a loose drive and Will Murray took a smart low catch to send him back to the hutch for 50. The OH bowlers stuck to their task well with some tight slow bowling from Wicks and Dutton but wickets were hard to come by. Will Ferguson had a torrid time behind the stumps grounding three sharp chances. Eventually the DD’s skipper called his batsmen in when Dutton dismissed the Dumplings’ highest scorer with 255 on the board. This was considered a fair and very achievable target by the OH batsmen.
Poor John Wicks had fractured and dislocated one of his fingers whilst taking a fine tumbling catch during the Dumplings’ innings so making him a doubt with the bat and meaning a sound start was even more essential. This was achieved by his brother Rob and Tim Dutton who were able to put on 87 in quick time. Both fell either side of tea leaving Phil Tuck and Will Murray to try and break the back of the Dumplings imposing total. Coming together with 140 still required, they both batted with controlled aggression to put on 89 before Will Murray was well taken at mid wicket for a classy 38. Tuck then managed the run in to victory with valuable contributions from Ferguson and Wicks (bravely batting with his broken finger) to reach their target with three overs to spare.
Well caught JW
Victory was achieved by a thoroughly creditable all round performance by the boys and thanks must also go to the unstinting support from Messers Blooman, Blomfield, Long, Giles et al. and we look forward to a repeat performance next year with or without Chapman and Zealey!
Devon Dumplings 255 – 5 Dec. (Tuck 2-57)
Old Honitonians, 256 – 5. (Tuck 65 n.o., R Wicks 56, W. Murray 38, T. Dutton 29.)
Old Honitonians won by 5 wickets.