The first XI have been relegated due to the final game of the season being rained off.
All those missed batting points during the season came back to haunt them as they only missed out by 2 points.
We go again in 2017
Whitchurch travelled to Abbotskerswell last Saturday as the team enter their last five games sitting joint third from bottom. Abbotskerswell won the toss and decided to bat against Whitchurch, the team against whom they scored 405 in the previous meeting between the two sides.
Whitchurch’s openers bowled well up front with little reward. Charlie Barriball had Mitchell dropped behind off the first ball of the innings and there were several other half chances the opener gave but managed to ride his luck early in his innings. After a few streaky shots though Mitchell began to score freely whilst fellow opener Harmer looked solid and didn’t give a chance. Whitchurch eventually got the breakthrough when Harmer top edged Bone to Billy Barriball at mid off and the score was 80-1 from 13 overs. Towl and Bone began to get a grip on the home side though and when Towl bowled Mitchell for 67 with a ball that came back into the right-hander Whitchurch began to squeeze. Towl picked up his second wicket when Birt cut the ball straight to point and the score was now 119-3. Williams and Hill’s partnership of 50 gave the lower order the chance to kick on at the back end of the innings. Billy Barriball came back on for his second spell and picked up three wickets including Williams and Hill for 32 and 28 respectively. Tobias hit a quick fire 23 not out towards the end of the innings and guided the home side to 236 -9 from their 45 overs.
In reply Whitchurch got off to a poor start. Billy Barriball and Towl opened the batting and looked very assured at the crease but when Billy Barriball was bowled by Small-Boyce for 9 Whitchurch’s batting was exposed. Ben Powell, Charlie Barriball and Ben Hodge all fell without troubling the scorer and Whitchurch were looking down the barrel at 30-4. Bone and Cotter steadied the flow of wickets but Cotter was brilliantly stumped off the bowling of Adams for 6. Bone and Alford tried to pick up as many batting points as they could with the bottom of the table becoming increasingly tight. Bone eventually fell for 29 with the score 98-8. Whitchurch were dismissed for 118 but picked up 6 points from their defeat, which may prove to be important come the end of the season.
Whitchurch took on Kingsbridge on Saturday with the Wayfarers in need of picking up points to avoid the relegation battle or relegation itself.
Kingsbridge won the toss and elected to bat first at Whitchurch. Charlie Barriball opened the bowling for Whitchurch and with his side needing him to pick up early wickets he didn’t disappoint. His opening spell was one of his best of the season as he knocked over 4 of the Kingsbridge batsman in his first spell. De Silva steadied the ship for the away side who were in deep trouble at 44-5 and made several partnerships with the middle and lower order who all chipped in with a few runs. The run rate was steady but Kingsbridge were making sure they batted as many overs as they could and recovered to get up to 132 all out with 40 overs bowled, De Silva falling for a well made 37.
Whitchurch who need to start picking up points were excellent with the ball to reduce Kingsbridge to such a total. Their run chase didn’t start well as they lost their captain, Billy Barriball early on and Bone fell shortly after. Ben Hodge and Charlie Barriball batted superbly though and with Hodge keeping his end whilst Charlie scored freely the run chase never seemed to be in doubt. Kingsbridge fought back though, De Silva picked up both Hodge and Charlie Barriball in two overs and Whitchurch’s collapse began. Cotter, Macrae and Jackman all fell for single figures but the partnership of Powell and Kerswill halted Kingsbridge’s momentum and looked to swing the game back Whitchurch’s way.
It was the Kingsbridge captain who stepped up when his side needed him most. Westlake removed Kerswill for 10 and then got Poole second ball to leave the home side 9 down needing 14 runs for victory with 5 overs still remaining. Powell struck two boundaries in an over and the home side needed just 3 off the final 4 overs to win the game with Powell on strike. A single got the home side within two runs of victory but it was Westlake again as he bowled Northey and won the game for his side.
Kingsbridge edged the game by one run but Whitchurch will be bitterly disappointed to have walked away with just 8 points when they were looking at the full 20 points at tea.
Whitchurch won the toss and elected to bat and although they lost opener Bone in the third over Billy Barriball and Smith settled down and got the home side off to a superb start. Billy brought up his third half century in a row and when Smith fell for an excellent 42 the score was 118 for 2. That brought Charlie Barriball to the crease and the two brother took it to the Babbacombe attack. Their partnership of 114 took no time at all as Billy made it to his century, as superb knock from the Whitchurch captain putting his team in a commanding position. Charlie eventually fell for 48 caught at long on. But his older brother continued to push the Wayfarers up towards the 300 mark. The skipper eventually fell for 143 and Ben Powell’s 30 not out put Whitchurch in command as they posted 318 from their 45 overs.
Whitchurch started brilliantly with the ball as well. Charlie Barriball with his tail up after smashing 48 got Brothwell and Pugh early and with Babbacombe 4-2 the game looked like it was all going towards the home side. Matt Inch came in a four and took the attack to the home sides bowlers knowing he had nothing to lose. He brought up his half century with the score now 64-2 whilst Loram looked to keep his wicket. Inch continued to smash the Whitchurch attack to all part of the ground but he eventually miss timed a ball of Billy Barriball and Sambells took a good catch at long on. Inch made 97 from just 35 balls and with him dismissed Whitchurch’s nerves began to settle. Bone picked up three wickets in the middle overs to put Whitchurch in command but when Allcock came to the crease the game swayed again. Loram had just passed his half-century and was beginning to find his range and his partner, Allcock, was finding the fence at every attempt. David Northey held his nerve and got the important wicket of Allcock who made 39 in quick time and when Charlie Barriball dismissed Loram the game was all but done. Charlie finished with superb figures of 4-36 as well as taking three catches in the field.
Whitchurch’s three game unbeaten run ended when they travelled to second in the table Alphington.
Marc Kerswell, who was captaining the Wayfarers due to the absence of Billy Barriball won the toss and decided to bowl first on what looked like a beautiful batting track. Things didn’t go to plan for Whitchurch though, Ben Powell was injured pre game and was unable to play which meant the away side had to field with 10 men.
Alphington got off to a superb start with both openers, M Halse and Phillips making half centuries. Phillips eventually fell for 51 when he was caught at midwicket off the bowling of Dan Poole. Alphinton were flying at drinks but a few tight middle overs from Bone and Towl dragged Whitchurch back into the game with a score of 350 looking on the cards at the halfway point.
Halse continued to bat through the innings but he eventually fell 6 runs short of a century. David Northey picking up the crucial wicket for Whitchurch and his first for the first team. Northey continued to pick up wickets and ended up with 4 – 61. N Halse and M Porter partnership pushed the home side up to a very good score of 280. They finished on 48* and 26* respectively.
Whitchurch’s run chase got off to an awful start when Towl was bowled by Bath in the second over. Bath continued to rattle through Whitchurch’s top order and after his 9 overs he had figures of 5 for 16. Tom Jackman was the only Whitchurch batsman who looked comfortable at the crease as he made 28 before being bowled by Green who then went on to get figures of 4-1. Whitchurch were bowled out for 60 in a day to forget for the Wayfarers against a very strong Alphington side.
Chagford – rained off
25th June Stoke Gabriel A
Whitchurch make it back to back wins for the first time this season when they travelled to Stoke Gabriel.
Whitchurch won the toss and decided to bat first. Whitchurch lost Bone third ball of the game when he was bowled by Ansley but Ben Powell and captain, Billy Barriball put on 99 for the second wicket as they looked to set the platform for the lower order to launch. Their partnership was eventually broken when Powell fell for 37 caught off the bowling of Hicks. Billy passed 50 for the second week running though and looked in fine touch. The middle order for Whitchurch began to slip away though and when Billy fell for a superb 92 the score was 181. Tom Cotter highest first team score on his 17th birthday helped Whitchurch to get up beyond the 200 mark. His 31 meant Whitchurch ended their innings on 221 with 39 of those runs coming in extras.
Stoke’s run chase got off to a solid start with openers Ansley and Hicks going along nicely. Charlie Barriball got the much-needed breakthrough for the away side though when he got Hicks caught at cover for 25. The Wayfarers struggled to pick up wickets before drinks and the home side went into the drinks break 116 for the loss of just one wicket. Whitchurch’s comeback started after the drinks break. Meech was run out after a mix up with Ansley and Whitchurch had a sniff. Wickets began to fall at regular intervals now and when Kerswill got the big wicket of Ansley who fell for 78 the home side needed a run a ball from the last 15 overs. Towl and Kerswill bowled excellently in the final overs under pressure but both stepped up to the task and picked up three wickets. Parker made a quick-fire 30 for Stoke but when he was bowled by Towl the result looked comfortable.
Whitchurch ended up winning by 16 runs, picking up the full 20 points
18th June Chelston & Kingskerswell A
Whitchurch ended a run of 4 league defeats when they faced Chelston and Kingskerswell. Whitchurch travelled to Torquay knowing that they needed a win against the bottom side in the division to get their season back on track.
Whitchurch won the toss and decided to bat first and put the pressure on the home side. Billy Barriball and Rob Bone made 75 for the first wicket partnership with Barriball racing to 57 before being bowled by Duke, who quickly added a second wicket to his name bowling Smith for 0. Charlie Barriball continued his fine form making a brisk 34 before playing one shot too many and he was bowled by Bennett just after the drinks break with the score 124 – 4. Ben Powell joined Bone at the crease but Bone was caught at deep midwicket off the bowling of Hurrell for 25. Ben Powell batted sensibly making sure that Whitchurch got full batting points and although wickets fell around him his 53 not out helped the Wayfarers to 239 from their 45 overs with David Northey being run out on the last ball of the innings.
In response the home side got off to a good start with Chelston’s captain Harrison making 34. He eventually fell caught and bowled to Whitchurch’s skipper Billy Barriball with the score 53-1. After the opening stand Whitchurch picked up wickets at regular intervals with Barriball getting Chelston’s entire top 3 in his spell, which saw him finish with figures of 4-30. Rob Bone picked up three wickets in the middle order and although Chelston and Kingskerswell tried to bat out their overs and pick up as many points as possible three wickets from Marc Kerswell saw them all out for 144 from 43 overs.
Whitchurch’s win has given them some breathing space at the bottom of the league with Plymouth Civil Service and Roborough the other team below them both losing at the weekend. Next week they travel to Stoke Gabriel and will be hoping to continue where they left off and put back to back wins together for the first time this season.
11th June Bridestowe H
Whitchurch faced local rivals Bridestowe at home on Saturday as they looked to end a poor run of form. Bridestowe won the toss and elected to field first. Whitchurch got off to a solid but steady start with openers Billy Barriball and Rob Bone putting on 52 for the first wicket. Barriball was the first to go when he was bowled by Jutson for 37. Whitchurch were 88 for 2 at drinks with Bone and Charlie Barriball at the crease and with lots of batting to come Whitchurch were able to take more risks. Bone fell for 31 after he edged Ewen to first slip but Charlie was motoring and raced to 50 soon after the drinks break. Whitchurch then lost a few quick wickets with Credicott, Towl and then Charlie Barriball falling in quick succession all falling to Jack Hatton. Mark Gibbs batted well with the tail though as he made an eye catching 45. Whitchurch ended their innings on 282 all out with Poole falling to the last ball of the game.
During the tea break the rain struck and the game was shortened to a 25 over game with Bridestowe now needing 158 to win from 25 overs. Bridestowe openers T Foggerty and G Sizmur got the away side off to a quick start as they raced to 56. Billy Barriball broke their partnership though with Sizmur edging to Cotter behind the stumps. Billy then got Fogerty in the same over as he chipped to short mid wicket and Whitchurch were back in the game. Bridestowe continued to come hard at Whitchurch but in doing so gave the home side opportunities to take wickets. Poole bowled J Ewen and then got S Ewen caught and bowled but despite wickets falling Bridestowe were always ahead of the run rate. J Hatton remained at the crease whilst wickets fell around him and although he eventually fell lbw to Charlie Barriball for 38 he had made put his side in a commanding position. Butler smashed 21 not out to see the away side over the line with 2 overs remaining.
4th June Abbotskerswell H
Whitchurch conceded a record total of 406-7 when they took on Abbotskerswell at home on Saturday. Openers Mitchell and Durman got the away side off to a flying start. They saw their side bring up 50 in the first 6 overs with some aggressive batting. Whitchurch struggled to break their stand with both players making a half century before drinks. Durman was the first wicket to go down when a ball from Bone popped off a length and was taken at first slip. He went just 13 runs short of his hundred and the score was 174 when he fell. Williams came in at three and was the only batsman to not make double figures, he went for 6 caught at mid wicket off the bowling of Whitchurch’s captain Billy Barriball. Mitchell brought up his century and with his side 200-2; batsmen coming in were under no pressure. Hill and Acton both made quick fire half centuries falling for 55 and 58 respectively meaning 4 of Abbotskerswell’s top 5 reached fifty. The away side ended up on a mammoth 406-7 at the end of their innings meaning the game was all but done.
Whitchurch’s run chase didn’t start well. Skipper Billy Barriball was bowled by Small – Boyce with the third ball of the home side’s innings for a duck. Bone went soon after as he was caught at short mid wicket off Small-Boyce for 11. Charlie Barriball was the only Whitchurch player to look at home and he made a brisk 44 before falling to Beasant who ended the game with 6-25. Ben Powell made 13 at number five but he was one of three Whitchurch players who made it into double figures and the home side slumped to 115 all out.
28th May Kingsbridge A
Whitchurch travelled to Kingsbridge for their third game of this season after a washout last weekend. Kingsbridge captain James Westlake won the toss and decided to bat first on what looked like a flat pitch.
The pitch however offered plenty for the seamers, with the new ball nipping around and the Whitchurch opening bowlers made the most of it. Ford was the first to go after miscommunication between himself and captain Westlake meaning he was run out for 2. Sambells then got Dorey caught at gully with Kerswill taking a smart catch. Kerswill, who replace Sambells then got a wicket of his own, trapping F Ford in front for 9. Westlake was dropped off Charlie Barriball early in his innings but he was the fourth wicket to go down, edging Bone to slip for 31. J Berkie looked to counter attack on the Whitchurch bowlers and he did just that in a partnership with Bradbury who was looking to support the more aggressive Berkie. Once Bradbury was bowled by Poole for 10 the wickets began to pick up for the Wayfarers again. Berkie brought up his 50 but fell soon after, caught at long on by Charlie Barriball off the bowling of Billy, who picked up three quick wickets in his short spell to mop up the tail. Kingsbridge finished 153 all out and Whitchurch felt in a commanding position on a pitch that had flattened out with a lightning fast outfield.
Whitchurch went out for 40 minutes before tea and were 20-0 off just three overs with openers Billy Barriball and Rob Bone able to score freely. Billy was then bowled for 15 by Peach with an off cutter that gripped and came back into the right-hander. Credicott and Bone steadied the ship for Whitchurch and saw them through to tea 60-1 with the game in their control. The tea break seemed to affect Whitchurch, though; Credicott went shortly after for 14 with Ford taking a superb catch at square leg. Charlie Barriball came to the crease and looked to take the game by the scruff of the neck. He took 23 from 5 balls before falling to Pike on the last ball of the over. Bone then fell on 33 as a leading edge off Bradbury’s first ball looped straight to extra cover. Whitchurch were 108-4 when Bone fell and the game was still in the away side’s hands. But single figure scores from the remaining batsman and four wickets for Kingsbridge’s seventh bowler, Bradbury, meant Whitchurch collapsed to 139 all out, falling 15 runs short of their target.
Whitchurch now have back to back home games in which they will be looking to pick up as many points as possible to get themselves away from the bottom of the league.
21st May – Plymouth Civil Service & Roborough H
OFF – very, very wet
Darts match v Tavistock arranged at short notice – result to follow
14th May – Babbacombe A
Whitchurch came into the game looking to make it two wins from two whilst Babbacombe were looking for their first win of this year’s campaign.
Whitchurch captain, Billy Barriball, won the toss and elected to bowl first on a slightly damp track. Before the game a minute’s silence was held for Brian Barriball. He was a well respected Whitchurch life member who passed away on Friday evening. The Barriball tradition continued with two of his grandsons playing in this game.
Whitchurch got off to a good start with the ball, Charlie Barriball picked up the first wicket bowling Chris Penner for just 4. Billy Alcock and Mike Pugh steadied the ship for the home side. Billy Barriball then followed in his brother’s footsteps bowling Alcock for 40 with the score now 84-2. Iraq Thomas was making his debut for Babbacombe and he made a quick 26 before being bowled by Rob Bone and Bone then picked up Steve Broad, caught by Charlie Barriball at point and Whitchurch were beginning to put the squeeze on. Marc Kerswill got Damien Callard LBW for 3 as Babbacombe lost three wickets for 9 runs. Mike Pugh was still at the crease though and was guiding the home side to a respectable total. Matt Inch came in at number 8 and he scored a valuable 28 before he was caught behind off Kerswill. Pugh finished the innings unbeaten on 90 and guided the hosts to 217 for 6 off their 45 overs.
In reply Whitchurch lost Bone early but Ewan Smith and Billy Barriball put on 72 for the second wicket before Smith was caught at cover for 40 off the bowling of Goodwin. Whitchurch then collapsed from 78-2 to 125-7 with Goodwin picking up three of Whitchurch’s top four. Charlie Barriball, Josh Towl, Tom Cotter, Ollie Macrae and Dan Poole all went for single figure scores with only Ben Powell (10), Marc Kerswill (10) and Darren Sambells (12*) making it to double figures with Broad taking 3 wickets and Thomas picking up 2 as the hosts ripped through the Wayfarers middle order. Whitchurch slumped to 157 all out despite a solid start. Babbacombe picked up the full 20 points whilst Whitchurch went home with just 6.
7th May – Alphington H
Whitchurch Wayfarers got their season off to a winning start at home on Saturday when they took on Alphington at home.
Whitchurch’s captain, Billy Barriball, won the toss and decided to put the away side into bat. Whitchurch got off to a good start with the ball with Dan Poole picking up Murrin for three in his fourth over. The away side found themselves two down shortly after, Rob Bone getting Haysom caught behind for just 12. Opener Halse was going nicely though as he brought up a fluent half century with Porter proving to be a valuable partner in a third wicket stand worth 69. Halse finally fell for 78 chipping the Whitchurch captain to his younger brother Charlie at mid off. Porter then passed his half-century but couldn’t kick on with Darren Sambells getting him caught at point; the first of his three wickets. Shepherd made a useful 40 at number five but the lower order failed to make the most of the platform set by the top 5 and Alphington finished on 230 for 8 from their 45 overs.
Whitchurch’s run chase got off to a solid start. B Barriball and R Bone put on 88 for the first wicket with Billy scoring an eye catching 55. Barriball was the first wicket to fall with Porter taking a stunning catch going backwards at mid off from the bowling of P James, who finished with figures of 5-36. Smith came in at three but only made six before being caught at midwicket off N Bright and he had a second wicket in his net over with Bone going for 47. Charlie Barriball smashed 37 from 16 balls before he was caught and bowled by Bright for his third wicket. The loss of three quick wickets changed the momentum in the game and the home side started to wobble as they went from 156-4 to 205-8. Ben Powell added a crucial 30 but was stumped off the bowling of James and when Dan Poole was bowled by K Ahmed for 12 the Wayfarers were 9 down requiring a run a ball from the last three overs to see them home.
Marc Kerswill and Darren Sambells were the men tasked with seeing the home side to victory and some huge blows from Sambells edged his side closer. The game came down to the final ball with the scores tied. Sambells gloved the ball to his feet and set off. The throw at the non-strikers end missed the stumps giving Whitchurch the win in a superb game of cricket. Whitchurch travel to Babbacombe in their second game as they look to build on a moral boosting first game.