Asked to bat on a quick wicket, Stogumber lost Robbie Watts (11) in the third over and despite a few hefty blows from Mark Bryant (23) they slipped to 65 for 3. James Rexworthy then joined Weetch and these two took the score to 125 before the skipper top edged a straight drive and was well caught on the extra cover boundary. Weetch, who had hammered 144 the previous week, had been in total command and it was a shock to everyone when his fine innings, which included two sixes and six fours, came to an end.
Rexworthy (22) was out three overs later and Stogumber’s middle order was then swept aside by the spin of Harry Pike. When Hayes came to the wicket, however, he quickly took control of the situation. His first three scoring shots rocketed to the boundary and with a mixture of fine defence and attack he struck a priceless 43, which included seven fours. Hayes had put the home side’s bowling to the sword and Scott Howe continued the carnage with an excellent 31, aided and abetted by his brother Ben, who was undefeated at the end with 12 as Stogumber finished on 230.
These late order runs were to later prove crucial, although when the home side had reached 101 in pretty quick time for the loss of just one wicket, the visitors appeared to be heading for defeat. But the introduction of Ben Howe into the attack changed the course of the game. He quickly accounted for the dangerous Thorne (58) and a few overs later he got past the defensive shot of Chalmers (49).
The home side were rocking and they never recovered. Brian Penny was showing all his experience at the other end with his medium cutters and wickets fell regularly. Man of the match Howe finished with 4 for 35 off 8.3 overs and Penny 3 for 58 off 12 overs as the home side stuttered to 175 all out. This was a fine win for Stogumber and a splendid day for the youngsters.
Points: North Curry 18, Stogumber 30.