On a blisteringly hot day in East Devon, Yelverton lost the toss and it was no surprise when the opposition skipper elected to bat first.
Evergreen Tony Carter
opened the bowling with 16 year old Cameron Dawe
(2-33) and the pair bowled well in tandem, both beating the edge on numerous occasions. Carter struck to remove the dangerous Welsh LBW for 11. Skipper Chris Pearson
replaced Dawe and bowled an economic spell picking up 3 wickets, all to catches. Gavin Jones
's leg-spin (1-24) proved difficult to play and kept it tight from the other end. Gareth Farmer
(1-19) found some prodigious swing in the dry conditions and picked up a wicket to leave Clyst struggling on 140-7. Carter & Pearson returned to close out the innings for 180 in the 45th over, with Carter ending up with 2-53 off his 12 overs and Pearson 4-24 off his 12.
Yelverton's reply started well, with Lee Johns
& Gavin Jones
punishing any bad ball. The pair put on 50 for the 1st wicket before Jones was caught in the Gully for 14. Mark Symes
joined Johns and the pair put on 20 before Symes was adjudged leg before for 5. Gerry Keen
came and went for 8, getting a leading edge off a ball that bounced excessively to leave the score 83-3. Paul James
joined Johns and the pair put on 68 to break the back of the chase. James was caught for 41 with 30 still required and Johns was forced to retire on 54 with cramp. 5th wicket pair of Tom Noble
and skipper Pearson saw the team home on 183-4 without further ado, Noble (23 n/o) and Pearson (15 n/o) at the end.
Yelverton picked a maximum 20 point haul which took them up to mid-table.