Another season finished welcomed a deserved end of season tour, the unsuspecting victim this time round was the town of Torquay. Could the mighty mighty Dinas take on and beat Devon's finest? As the classic commentary went "Frankly who cares"?
The group met at the Cross Keys in Dinas at 12.30 and myself and Statto (Father Hiscocks, thanks for looking after us) were unsurprised to find Pete Colley already there pint in hand. (do you live there mate?) Leaving at 2 we faced horrible weather travelling down and we all thought that not a bowl would be bowled in anger over the coming weekend and the cricket was going to have to be played on the beach.
As for the tour entertainment much would be lost in translation. It is fair to say that refreshments were partaken with and much fun was had by all. As they say a picture tells a thousand words and I would recomend the DPCC website for the tour photos provide by statto. Fantastic work with those!!!
As for the matches we had mixed fortunes. Saturday saw the J Guy captain the side against Stokeinteignhead CC in what turned out to be a rain interrupted day. A Big Big thanks to all involved at Stokeinteignhead CC for managing to make the pitch playable and allowing the game to continue after 2 heavy showers. Originally scheduled for 30 overs the game was reduced to 25 after the first storm and we were bowled out for 96. Stokeinteignhead CC were always in command and ran out easy winners by 5 wickets. Pete Colley produced the funniest thing i have ever seen on the a cricket pitch, i recommend you ask him.
DPCC travelled to Babbacombe CC on the Sunday and it can only be described as the strangest outfield you will ever play on. The boundary is a good 12-15 higher than the square and walking in with the bowler can prove troublesome let alone fielding. Once again we were asked if we would like to bat first in this 40 over match and we accepted. After an excellent showing at no 11 the previous day Mike Lowe opened the batting alongside J Guy. The runs came at a decent rate but unfortunately so did the wickets. We were bowled out in the 30th over for 146 with only Statto offering any real resistance with a tour best 39 and a tour high 2 horns. DPCC were left answer less to babbacombes 68year old L Edgend, who finished with 4-9
However our effort in the field was better and a good containing spell by opening bowlers H Marks and Steve (Teeth) Bussell who had the timbers flying out of the ground. Chi Chi Wilton and Geoff Colley were the change bowlers and the unlikeliest of spin twins continued the damage with Compo taking 2 wickets and Chi leaving with the figures of 4 overs 1 maiden 3 for 52. You do the maths!! It was left to the skippers to smell cheap wickets and Myself and fella finished the Babbacombe tail for a famous 10 run tour victory. Again massive thanks Babbacombe CC, who worked magnificently to get the game on when many would have stopped on the forecast.
On Monday we were meant to travel home and play against ex player and Friend of DPCC Duncan Boffins Hanham CC, who are based just outside Bristol. Unfortunately the game was called off due to the waterlogged pitch and we hope to see them in the future.
Well that's about that for the cricketing side of the tour. Im sure tales will be told for a long time about the tour but I'll let you all find out in due time. What has mainly been learnt on our time in Torquay is hotels with swimming pools jaquzi's and bars are better than those without, Hot Tub makes excellent A Boards and has learnt how to spell "Powys" and switch hits are harder than they look, 3 attempts - 3 wickets.
Big thanks to Gareth Marks for the organising. Shame you couldn't make it mate!
Thanks to everyone for a great time
Up the POWYC!!