Devon Dumplings v W Buckland School
DD 252-7 dec School 15-1 Match abandoned Rain
The School won the toss and put the Dumplings in to bat after a slight delay due to a shower of rain. James Horler and Ollie Gribble opened the batting against a steady pair of bowlers. Horler was caught behind for 18 with the score on 30 and Gribble was joined by David Bourke who both built the innings until Bourke was caught in the covers for 28 after a couple of glorious boundaries. Harry Kandampully joined Gribble who had been batting conscientiously, keeping the runs ticking over, until he was bowled by Stapleton for 33 with the score on 92. Freddie Creer then joined his captain and they took the score to 117 for 3 at lunch.
Lunch as ever was excellent. Thereafter the scoring rate increased, with both Freddie and Harry punishing any loose deliveries severely and both batsmen deservedly went to their 50s in the same over. They kept the runs flowing quickly until Freddie Creer was well caught on the boundary in front of the pavilion by J Coe for an entertaining 62 with the score on 223. Kandampully was joined by the big-hitting Steve Bourke and they added 20 more before Kandampully was caught off the spin bowling of Reynolds for a fine captain’s innings of 81 off just 56 balls. Bourke after a couple of boundaries was neatly stumped by Broggio off the bowling of Wilson for 12. Dumplings declared at 252 for 7 when Bertie Creer was well caught on the boundary by Stapleton for 3. The school had fielded and bowled well in patches with the off spin of Reynolds being the highlight - 4 wickets for 77 off 12 overs.
The rain held off until just after the second over of the schools innings, when Bradley Causey, opening the bowling for the Dumplings, had Nickell caught behind by Ollie Gribble for 2, with the score on 15.
Sadly the rain proved too heavy to continue and yet again the match was abandoned for the day, which was a shame. Some of the younger Dumplings who were playing for the first time did not have the chance to perform with the ball, but Rhys Norman, Ollie Gribble and his brother Harrison Gribble, were all presented with their Dumplings caps.