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Bapchild CC Torquay Tour a great success

Bapchild CC on Tour 2021

The long awaited Bapchild CC Torquay Tour started on Tuesday.   Delayed due to the Covid pandemic from last year the tour finally went ahead.

The tour started badly for Tom Carey who forgot his tour shirt and was duly brought a ladies blouse to wear for the rest of the tour

The tour team played three matches against local clubs in the area

Paignton CC – 27 July 2021

Paignton CC hosted Bapchild on 27 July for a 40 over a side game. The weather put paid to that plan and the hosts did their upmost to get a wicket prepared for a 20 over a side game starting at 5 o’clock.

Paignton batted first and scored a fairly formidable 179. Paignton’s opener Madlock posting a magnificent 95, before being eventually bowled by William Cosstick. Bapchild used 8 bowlers with the wickets being spread around (Will Cosstick 1 for 38; Tom Carey 1 for 15; Tyler Wassell 2 for 10 and Brian Carey 2 for 0) – Yes Brian Carey a double wicket maiden in a T20!

Bapchild remained up with the run rate throughout their innings with Matt Lewis contributing 29, Owen Harrison 26 and Mikey Willis 36 Not out, however ultimately Bapchild fell 48 runs short, scoring a respectable 132, considering the amount of alcohol consumed!

The touring party then joined the Paignton team in various drinking games, all of which Bapchild lost, before joining the Paignton’s chairman’s daughter’s 21st Birthday party.

Barton CC – 28 July 2021

Barton were our hosts on 28th, for a 20 over a side game. Barton batted first, posting 165. 2 of Barton’s batters (Harford and Bowker both scoring 50’s before retiring) Nick Page was the pick of the bowlers claiming 3 for 16 off 3 overs, just missing out on a hat-trick, when a chance in the deep was not taken.

Bapchild took up the chase and with Barton’s connivance, each batter was nominated to play a specific shot off their first ball, the pick of which was Jake Mitchell’s switch hit, which was particularly impressive as he was also the opening bat.

Bapchild reached 132 with Ethan Collier top scoring with 34 and Tom Carey making 28 and Will Costick 18. 

Barton were good hosts and entered into the spirit of playing a touring party.

Stoke Gabriel CC – 29 July 2021

The final game of the tour was against Stoke Gabriel, which was a ground you would never find by just passing it by chance – even the taxi drivers were not aware of its existence.

Again a 20 over a side game started in drizzle on a damp pitch with Lincoln Bryden opening up with a classy 14. Matt Lewis scored 49 before retiring (I think alcohol hindered the counting to 50!) Ethan Collier came with a late flurry scoring 31 not out, allowing Bapchild to post a very competitive 161.

Stoke Gabriel then commenced their response in even greater drizzle and with even darker skies (on a Saturday – we would be debating why we were still at the ground, let alone playing!). Stoke Gabriel eventually reached 155 all out, giving Bapchild their first win of the tour.

The Stoke Gabriel game however produced 3 tour memories – the opposition skipper producing a bottle of black Sambuca for Bapchild to consume between innings; Matt Lewis producing an exquisite piece of fielding at third man, stopping a ball, and in attempting to return it to the keeper promptly threw it over his head for a 4; and again Matt Lewis, in attempting a catch at Long on, dropping the ball and splitting the webbing between thumb and forefinger, necessitating a visit to Torquay hospital for some stitches.

In the downtime the team played golf and also held a crazy golf tournament

Many thanks to Lincoln Bryden for arranging the tour and to the three home teams for their warm welcome and playing the games in such great spirit.   Everyone one on the tour had a great time and hopefully it will become a regular event in the Club’s calendar.

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