Junior cricket round-up
WEST DEVON PALLADIUM YOUTH CRICKET LEAGUE UNDER-11s
FOR the third week running the A and B programmes were badly effected by rain.
Only three fixtures managed to beat the elements, leaving many clubs still waiting to hit a ball in anger this season.
The sole game in the A division saw Plympton St Maurice travel to Mount Wise to take on hosts Plymouth.
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The toss was won by Plymouth who chose to field first, however it would be the batting team who would take the early upper hand on the game.
Plympton's opener and captain James Degg batted with flare after hitting 40 with in the first five overs of the game.
Following on from Degg's example, Elliot Hamilton kept the scoreboard ticking as the Plymouth bowlers struggled to rein in their opponents.
Plympton continued to look untroubled as they went on to close the innings on 313.
In reply, Plymouth required a run rate of six per over, but this target proved to be too much for them to overcome as wickets started to fall.
William Cane led the attack first up, recording respectable figures of 2-8, but Degg completed a faultless performance in walking away with figures of 4-7 as Plympton recorded their second victory of the season with a 106-run victory.
In Division B, Cornwood Oaks recorded their first victory of the season with 94-run win over Ivybridge Eagles, played at Oak Park.
Oaks batted first and made a steady start, with Ethan Bell and Benjamin Berry scoring nine and five, respectively, as they led the way for their team.
The young Ivybridge side never gave up with Wilfred Templar and Oli Smith the pick of the bowlers, but ultimately it was the 84 extras conceded by a young inexperienced Ivybridge outfit that would be the backbone of a solid final total of exactly 300.
In reply, Ivybridge were held by some tight bowling from Ruben Neve (3-11), Jack Mansfield (2-10) and Benjamin Berry (2-10).
Ivybridge's Harvey Johnson had top scored with five runs, but the total required for victory proved too much, as the innings closed on 206.
The only other game played was arguably the most thrilling encounter of the season to date, with just one run separating Plympton St Mary and Yelverton Mosquitoes.
Played at Harewood House, Yelverton won the toss and asked Plympton to bat first.
They started well with Peter Clifford (16) getting the innings off to a sound start.
Once Clifford had departed runs became harder to come by with Yelverton bowling a disciplined line and length.
Going into the last five overs, Plympton looked for quick runs to mount a competitive total for their hosts to chase.
But their plans were undone with two good run-outs by the Mosquitoes helping to reduce the batting team to 248.
Taking to the field, Plympton were fully aware that only a disciplined bowling display would be enough to inflict a first loss of the season on their opponents.
This proved to be just the case with all the bowlers showing good discipline and determination.
With no Yelverton batters able to reach double figures, the game moved into the last over with the game finely balanced.
However, it would prove to be Plympton's day as Yelverton finished one run behind their opposition closing on 247.