Penny, who was out just two runs short of a century the previous week, has now scored 297 runs in just five league outings this season and at an average of 74.2. On a quick wicket and against some wholehearted bowling by Morebath’s opening attack of E Mock and O Byles, Penny was resolute both in defence and attack.
Requiring 168 for victory and after losing two early wickets, Stogumber appeared in danger of losing their first game of the season, but a partnership between Penny and captain James Rexworthy, who scored a fine 45, paved the way to success.
Morebath’s innings was centred upon a 121-run partnership between B Boundy and Mock. Against fine swing bowling by Lee Penny, who perhaps deserved more than the three wickets he took, the visitors had been in dire trouble at 16 for 4. Chris Weetch, Penny and young Ben Howe also bowled well.
Morebath: 167-9 (B Boundy 62, E Mock 55, L. Penny 3-25, B. Howe 2-25, S Penny 2-41).
Stogumber: 168-5 (S Penny 66 not out, J Rexworthy 45, O Byles 2-48, B Boundy 2-33).
Stogumber 25 points, Morebath 7 points.