Decisions to be made over Covid-related postponements of cricket matches

Torbay Weekly

The Tolchards Devon Cricket League is under increasing pressure to finalise arrangements for replayed matches after the latest round of Covid-related postponements.

Promotion-chasing Torquay's home A Division game with Abbotskerswell was one victim via a 'knock-on' effect at the weekend.

A positive case at Chudleigh, who had played Abbots last midweek, sparked 'self-isolation' issues which affected several Saturday matches.

With weather postponements adding to the virus problems, clubs want the chance to make rearrangements. Some have already done so.

The League committee has two key decisions - an end-of-season 'deadline' for any matches and what points to award if those replays are themselves abandoned.

A week is a long time in any sport and Luke Medlock, the unfortunate victim of 'hurricane' hitting by Plymouth's Faizan Riaz the previous Saturday, bounced back in Premier Division Paignton's nervy but valuable 13-run win over Hatherleigh.

Medlock, batting at No.6, scored 31 of Paignton's 136 all out and then took 2-22 (7ovs) as Hatherleigh were dismissed for 123.

Leaders Tiverton, who piled up 331-2 (Peter Randerson 219no) in a 157-run win over Sidmouth, still lead with 143pts, from Sandford (137) and Paignton (120), who travel to Heathcoat this Saturday.

Torquay (third) have a big game at A Division leaders Bradninch this weekend, while Barton (180-8) are up to fifth after beating Tavistock (165-7) in a rain-affected game - Aussie Justin Saker took 3-26 and scored 39.

Paignton 2nds are still third in C West after Sean Kirk's 5-14 (9ovs), including the key dismissal of in-form Sean McKenna second ball, helped to skittle Teignmouth & Shaldon for 57.

And there was a thriller at Newton Abbot, where Brixham scored 204-8 (Tom Hopper 83, Abdul Muzammil 78) but were caught with an over to spare by South Devon (206-7).

Other Saturday's fixtures for local clubs include: A - Barton v Budleigh Salterton, Abbotskerswell v Tavistock; B - Ipplepen v Kilmington, Chudleigh v Thorverton, Bovey Tracey II v Dartington/Totnes; C West - Brixham v Cornwood II, Paignton II v Hatherleigh II, Ashburton v Teignmouth/Shaldon, Plymouth II v South Devon, Bridestowe v Stoke Gabriel; D West - Yelverton v Babbacombe, Plymstock II v Abbotskerswell II, Kingsbridge v Barton II.