Feniton show spirit in defeat at home to Sidmouth 2nds

PUBLISHED: 19:23 01 July 2018

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Feniton put up a terrific fight with the bat to deny all-conquering Sidmouth 2nds another maximum point win, but the Fortfield men did go away with a ninth successive victory.

Feniton put up a terrific fight with the bat to deny all-conquering Sidmouth 2nds another maximum point win, but the Fortfield men did go away with a ninth successive victory.

After winning the toss and batting first, Sidmouth powered their way to an imposing 316-6 from 45 overs with all the top six batters contributing knocks of 30 runs plus.

In terms of the Feniton bowling effort, the honours went to skipper Jon Pyle, who returned figures of 2-59 from seven overs and there were single wickets for Jon French, Jack Tucker, Kevin Brandon and Ben Allen.

The Feniton reply suffered the early loss of Chris May (6), Mark Salter (0) and Mark Kingdon (4) and then slipped to 67-5 with the dismissals of Alex Frankpitt (13) and skipper Pyle (2). However, batting at number seven was young Jack Tucker and he joined Dad, Graham, who had opened the innings, and the father-and-son combination really worked for the Acland Park outfit as they took the reply to 153, adding 92, before Tucker junior was stumped shortly after scoring a splendid half century. Jack was out for 53, scored off 57 balls with seven fours and two sixes. Ben Allen and Kev Brandon fell in quick succession for nine and two respectively, before Jon French, batting at number 10, joined Tucker senior and they were still there at stumps having added 52 runs for the unbroken ninth wicket. Tucker carried his bat throughout the reply, finishing unbeaten on 81 from 125 balls faced, hitting 10 fours and one six.

The defeat does mean Feniton have arrived at the halfway point of the league season sitting third bottom and in one of the three relegation berths. They are 18 points from safety and this Saturday (July 7), they travel to meet fifth placed Alphington, who they beat by seven wickets on the opening day of the season.

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