Crash, bang, wallop as Cartwright smashes own car windscreen!

PUBLISHED: 14:07 22 May 2012 | UPDATED: 09:15 23 May 2012

The Withy Dads cricket team

The Withy Dads cricket team

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After losing the first eight games of the new season to the weather, the BSCC Community League finally got under way on Sunday.

A good sized crowd, containing the usual blend of gentle encouragement and mocking banter turned out to watch the opening two fixtures of the campaign.

The Taverners were first into bat in their fixture against the 2010 champions, The Doctors. Opener Ben Carter was brilliantly caught in the deep by Harry Parkin.

The catch was a sight to behold and was variously described by those lucky enough to witness it as a “wonder catch” and “brilliantly combining the skills of a panther and a baboon”!

The Taverners went on to score a very respectable 122 in their 20 overs, led by good knocks from James Leat (30) and Louis Gillies (26).

Whilst the Taverners had their moments in the field, the Doctors were not overly troubled to reach their target, doing so with four overs to spare, led to victory by captain Rick Mejzner who scored an unbeaten 22.

In the second game the Feathers took on the newly formed Withy Dads, who won the ‘best turned out’ award with their pristine new set of whites. First into bat were the Feathers, who posted a solid total of 119, led by contributions from Lloyd Lowman (29) and John Rowland (17).

A solid looking batting line up for the Withy Dads never really looked like capitulating, though fine bowling from Jude Sage (2-15) gave them a couple of scares towards the end before they managed to reach their target with time and wickets to spare.

Their star man with the bat was Carl Cartwright, who hit an unbeaten 30, and rounded off his innings by launching a six into the cars parked by the short leg-side boundary.

The sound of broken windscreen glass was quickly drowned out by howls of laughter from the clubhouse as spectators realised that the damaged car belonged to Carl himself!

The Doctors and The Withy Dads have the early bragging rights and sit atop the embryonic league table.

This season’s Community League promises to be more competitive than ever. And on the evidence of Sunday, it looks sure to provide plenty of entertainment for anybody wishing to ‘refresh’ themselves at the Ottermouth through what we hope will be a long hot summer!

Next fixtures: Sunday, May 24; May Kings Arms v Robins (6pm), June 3, Devon Contractors v Robins (1.30pm), June 3, BSCCA v Taverners (4.30pm).

Played Won Draw Lost Points

1 Doctors 3 1 2 0 4

2 Withy Dads 3 1 2 0 4

3 Devon Contractors 3 0 3 0 3

4 Kings Arms 3 0 3 0 3

5 Robins 2 0 2 0 2

6 BSCCA 1 0 1 0 1

7 Feathers 2 0 1 1 1

8 Gentlemen 1 0 1 0 1

9 Taverners 2 0 1 1 1

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