Exmouth suffer last over defeat in Devon T20 final

PUBLISHED: 19:46 16 July 2017

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Exmouth were beaten in the final of the Servicemaster Devon T20 Cup when Torquay successfully chased down the target of 141 to win by four wickets with just two balls remaining in the game.

Just as they had done in their thrilling three-run semi-final success, Exmouth won the toss and opted to bat first.

However, Richard Baggs fell to the third ball of the innings. David Lye was joined by Dan Pyle and they took the total to 29 when Pyle was dismissed for 19, falling to the first ball of the fifth over. Bob Dawson joined Lye and they added 42 for the third wicket which became that of Lye for a four boundary, run-a-ball 26, leaving the Maer men 71-3 after 9.3 overs. Chris Metters was next in – and out – run out to the final delivery of the 12th over for eight to leave Exmouth 91-4.

It was soon 107-5 with the loss of Bob Dawson for 31 (scored off 33 deliveries with two fours and a six).

That good old cricketing ‘spook’ of Nelson (111) struck with then loss of Kazmi to the first ball of the 17th over to leave the Maer men 111-6.

Callum French and Alvin Pollard put bat to ball with good effect to add 29 for the next wicket which was that of Pollard for 10 with the score then 140-7 with two balls remaining. No further runs were added leaving French unbeaten on 21 from 13 balls with a four and a six and so Torquay faced a target of 141 to win the Devon T20 for the second successive year.

They made a solid start with their openers plundering 42 from the first four overs! In the semi-final David Lye’s four overs had gone for just six runs – and he picked up the first two wickets. However, this time round his first two overs went for 23!

It was first change Dan Pyle who made the breakthrough thanks to a Chris Metters catch to leave Torquay still comfortably placed on 42-1 after 25 deliveries.

Pyle struck again courtesy of a Finn Marks catch and it was Pyle who was behind a run-out that reduced Torquay to 76-3, with Torquay skipper Justin Yau returned to the pavilion for three after 9.3 overs.

However, and crucially for Torquay, the impressive Mitchell Pugh was still there and scoring comfortably.

With eight overs remaining Torquay needed just 54 runs and had those seven wickets to play with. With seven overs to go that target was down to one of 50 runs.

Three runs came from the 13th over to leave Torquay needing 50 from seven. David Lye returned to bowl the 14th over and he bagged the fourth wicket with the penultimate delivery of the over to leave the chase 98-5.

That’s how it was at the start of the 15th, bowled by Kazmi who had stifled the Bradninch run chase so well earlier in the afternoon. Kazmi struck with the third ball of the over – a David Lye catch completing the wicket and half the Torquay side were back in the hutch with the score on 101 – but Pugh was still there! Kazmi’s second over went – like the first – for just four runs and, suddenly, Exmouth eyed a chance of another successful run-restriction job! Lye struck again – claiming his second wicket in his final over and suddenly Torquay were now 105-6 halfway through the 16th over!

At the end of the Lye over the score was 108-6 meaning that Torquay needed 33 from the final four overs (24 balls) with four wickets left.

At the end of the 17th over the score was 117-6 and now Torquay required 24 from three overs. George Greenway was recalled to the attack. His first delivery went for one, the second for one, the third and fifth were dot balls, but the fourth went for two and the final ball to the boundary to leave Torquay on 125-6 needing 16 from the final 12 balls of the contest to win.

Pugh slammed his eighth four in the penultimate over to ease the pressure still further and, as the final over began, four runs were needed for victory, duly scored with two balls of the contest to be bowled.

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