The only disappointment of the day for Stogumber was the dismissal of Simon Penny when he was just 33 runs short of completing 1,000 league runs for the season. Penny has been in tremendous form and Saturday was no exception. He looked odds on favourite to achieve his target when, to everyone’s surprise and to the disappointment of his colleagues, he was out caught behind for 95. Nevertheless, he can look back on a terrific season in which he finished with an awesome average of 87.5.
Home side Bagborough batted first and an excellent 69 by Alan Dingle helped them to 207-9 at the end of their 40 overs. Although their ground fielding was excellent, a number of dropped catches did not help Stogumber’s cause. Skipper James Rexworthy finished with 3-16 in his five overs.
Penny and Robbie Watts gave the visitors a sound start and Robbie Garwood batted well for his 21, but the dismissal of Penny with the score on 165 led to an exciting finish. When Nick Bennett joined Eli Hayes at the wicket 42 runs were still required with just five overs remaining. Sensible batting by these two ensured the visitors reached their target in the final over, with Hayes and Bennett both unbeaten on 17 and 24 respectively.
This was probably Stogumber’s toughest game of the season and credit must be given to the home side for their accurate bowling and exceptional fielding.
Bagborough 207-9: (A Dingle 69, J. Dingle 30, J Rexworthy 3-16). Stogumber 208-6 (S Penny 95, N Bennett 24, A Dingle 3-69).
Bagborough 8 points. Stogumber 26 points.