Horwell stars as Corns set up Sidmouth date
CORNWOOD are heading for a Devon Cup quarter-final showdown with Premier Division side Sidmouth after easing past Plymstock by 24 runs in the first round.
In a game reduced from 40 to 25 overs a side each due to bad weather, Cornwood made 142 for five with Mark Horwell top scoring on 48.
The best stand of the innings was one of 53 for the second wicket between Horwell and Ben Warren (27). Skipper Craig Harris and Adam Goodliffe (22) racked up another 23.
Plymstock dipped to 65 for five in reply – Goodliffe (3-19), Matt Butterworth (2-20) and Matt Skeemer (2-30) doing the damage – but Cornwood took the pressure off a bit too soon.
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James Nicholls thumped a bright and breezy 26 as Plymstock reached a respectable 118 for eight in reply.
"After we got the first five out we took our foot off and they kept coming at us," said relieved skipper Harris.
"One big over before we got Nicholls out would have made it very interesting.
"Sidmouth in the next round is a good draw for us as a test of how we measure up for the Premier Division, which is where we would like to be playing."
Holders Sidmouth got through thanks to a 25-run win at Bradninch.
The tie between Barton and Plymouth was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Cornwood 142-5 (M Horwell 48, B Warren 27, A Goodliffe 22; M Thomas 2-20), Plymstock 118-8 (J Nicholls 26, M Reynolds 18; A Goodliffe 3-19, M Butterworth 2-20, M Skeemer 2-20). Cornwood bt Plymstock by 24 runs
Sidmouth 151-9 (S Anderson 25, L Lewis 32, L Bess 13, Z Bess 40no; N Dean 3-25, G Chappell 3-31, D Milligan 2-34), Bradninch 126 (P Tweddle 40, Ross Acton 25; W Murray 4-14, M Cooke 3-11). Sidmouth bt Bradninch by 25 overs
Barton v Heathcoat. Postponed due to waterlogged pitch