TAVISTOCK firsts faced a long trip to Filleigh at the weekend as they looked to make it back to back wins for the first time this season.
Their stand in captain, Billy Barriball, won the toss and elected to bat first on a dry surface. Barriball and Ian Gray opened the batting but were unable to build a substantial partnership, with the former clean bowled by James Campbell (2-37) for eight. Campbell picked up his second shortly after when James White picked out backward point as he too went for eight.
Dave Manning joined Gray at the crease with their side struggling at 27-2. The pair battled through the new ball and began to rebuild for their side. Both looked assured at the crease and they guided their side through to drinks with the score just below a hundred.
After drinks the pair began to put their foot down as they both went to their half centuries. Gray eventually fell for an excellent 76 and with the score on 175-3, Tavistock were in a great position to launch in the last 15 overs. Manning was motoring and he went through to his second hundred of the season. He was eventually caught and bowled by James Marsh (2-50) for a brilliant 115. Charlie Barriball scored a quick 21 not out as Tavistock posted 263-6 from their 46 overs.
Filleigh’s run chase got off to a solid start with openers Jas Kalsi and Rob Collier reaching 44 before Collier fell lbw to Dylan Aucamp (1-25).
Tavistock had their second wicket shortly after when number three batsman Justin Saker was run out after not returning to his crease following an lbw appeal and captain Billy Barriball ran from first slip to take the bails off with Saker stranded looking at the umpire.
Charlie Barriball (2-36) bowled opener Kalsi for 17 and David Milligan (1-32) helped to rip through Filleigh’s top order. Captain Simon Prideaux and Mark Prideaux counter attacked for the home side scoring freely but Bone (2-36) managed to remove them both for 30 and 46 respectively after being hit for several boundaries. Billy Barriball (2-17) removed and opening bowler James McGahey (1-24) removed the lower order to see Tavistock through to a emphatic 92 run victory.
Tavistock picked up the maximum 20 points, while Filleigh gained seven points in defeat.