Last Sunday saw the return of cricket to Coronation Park as Dartmouth and Kingswear battled it out over 22 yards of mown turf for the new trophy “Golden Stumps”.

Dartmouth won the toss and chose to bat, though captain Dan Jackson (3) was personally left regretting that decision as he was bowled by a beauty from Dave Clarke, castled to a good length ball that kept viciously low.

Dean Martyn (0) quickly followed his captain back to the club house, Kinsgwear had their tails up and were looking to assert their dominance.

Andy Jessop and Rezwan Ali batted with assuredness, Jessie retired on 25 as per Dartmouth laws and Neil Prettyjohns (10) came in and kept the run rate ticking until he was undone by Kingswear bowler Whippet, who finished with impressive figures of 3 for 11.

Sam Bonnick, making his debut, was the first golden duck of the season, caught behind to the same bowler who had Take Away Dave in his basket two balls later.

Matt Pink and Sven Royle put up a late counter, while Kingswear captain Jamie Felton must be lamenting his decision not to appeal stumping Pink when he was on one as the batsman then hit a flurry of boundaries and added 14 more in quick succession before being caught on the boundary off the bowling of Jim Cooper.

Molly Marels, making his return to the game after 30 years, held up one end nicely, allowing Royle (7) to score freely, before Marels was skittled allowing Jessop to return.

Jessop seemed desperate to get to the pub for a between innings pint, dancing down the wicket once too often and was bowled bringing the Dartmouth innings to an end as the hosts finished 149 all out.

After refreshments were had at the Ship in Dock, Kingswear openers Dave Clarke and Kev John took to the crease knowing that only five runs an over would see them win the match and the local bragging rights.

The sun was now shinning brightly and it looked like batting would be easy. It was not.

Dartmouth produced one of the greatest bowling displays Coronation Park has witnessed. Jessop had Clarke (0) and “Pucky” (4) caught in the gully and Matt Pink backed his opening bowler up with an inspired spell, bowling Alex Lowrey (1), Chris Wood (0) and then having Howard caught at short extra cover. Pink finished with match figures of three overs, three maidens and three wickets, a feat highly unlikely to ever be bettered.

Neil Prettyjohns and Dan Jackson each claimed a wicket as Kingswear collapsed to 19 for 7.

Dean Martyn only needed one over to finish the innings off as the Kings­wear batsman offered easy chances to the Dartmouth fielders. On the final ball of the 13th over Kev Jon mistimed his pull shot and was caught by Pink at square leg. Kingswear were all out for 21, Dartmouth winning by 128 runs.

Both teams would like to thank everyone who turned up and Lee Darch for preparing the wicket.

Everyone is eagerly awaiting the next instalment of pub cricket down at the park, provisionally booked for July 7, when a visiting pub team from Newton Abbot are expected.