Rain has last say with derby rivals poised for tense finale
THE long-awaited derby between Plympton and Cornwood came to a soggy end when rain stopped play just as it was getting interesting.
Dave Wrench (48) and Josh Mailling (34) put on 90 for the second wicket in Plympton's only stand of note as they made 174 for nine in all 50 overs.
Rob Dart took five for 31 and Mohammad Salman two for 32.
Cornwood batted for 19 overs between the showers before the umpires said enough was enough.
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Plympton's stand-in captain Wrench said it was impossible to predict how the game would have gone.
"I felt we were 50 runs short of a competitive total, which was our own fault for losing concentration again," said Wrench.
"We were 94 for two, then 115 for five, which wasn't good enough.
"Having said that, we had got Salman out in their 56 for two and that was a bonus for us as it would have put pressure on the batting Cornwood had to come."
Cornwood skipper Craig Harris said he had mixed feelings about the game as his side were poised to kick on but denied the chance.
"Plympton lost an early wicket, but Dave Wrench and Josh Mailling batted very well and correctly to consolidate," said Harris.
"They showed us the discipline needed on the wicket and only until we broke through with a run-out did we see the runs slow and wickets tumble.
"From 94 for one to end at 174 for nine was a great effort. Robin Dart took 5-31 in his first first team game of the year, which was the stand out, but the team's application and fielding was the big factor.
"When we went out to bat we knew if we batted 50 overs we would be in the mix and with 31 overs to go at 56 for two, who knows?
"We take a lot of confidence from this game, having taken 10 points and being in a great position when the rain came in."
THE second XI game between Cornwood and Plympton also came to a watery end, but not before one young cricketer made a big impression.
Top scorer for Plympton in their total of 137 for one was Amara Carr, who made 74 not out.
Carr, who is part of the England ladies' development squad, clearly impressed Cornwood second XI captain and former Devon all-rounder Dave Tall.
"It was a fine knock from a very accomplished cricketer," said Tall.
When Cornwood batted in the first innings, Ben Warren made 70 and Matt Skeemer 64 in a total of 272 for five.
PLYMSTOCK were well placed against Abbotskerswell when their game was called off.
Abbots made 233 for six declared with Richard Lake (53), Josh Dowling (53) and Chris Kelmere (64) all on top of the bowling. There were two wickets each for Morgan Parkinson and Dave Orchard. Plymstock were 121 for three with 20 overs to bat when rain stopped play. Matt Smith (38) was undefeated.