Axminster 2nds lose by 152 runs to Sidmouth 3rds in memorable match

PUBLISHED: 17:17 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 23:29 15 June 2010

Sidmouth 3rd XI enjoyed one of their finest hours on Saturday when they defeated Axminster 2nd XI by 152 runs at Bicton.

Sidmouth 3rd XI enjoyed one of their finest hours on Saturday when they defeated Axminster 2nd XI by 152 runs at Bicton.

The result was a great fillip for the side and what made it even more special was that seven of the team were under 17 years of age.

The performances of Ashley Caldwell (30), Jack Hodge (37), Charlie Miles (5 wickets) and Matt Hill (3 wickets) were even more remarkable given the fact that they are all 15 years old. A wicket and two great catches from 17-year old Tyran Le Roux is also worthy of note. This overshadowed what had previously been the greatest achievement of the week of getting a full eleven on the field of play with 31 players unavailable!

Sidmouth lost the toss and were asked to bat. With the score on 24, Miles (8) left a straight one and was bowled. And at 32, Craig Ritchie (1) followed when playing all round another straight one. Martyn Dean (9) joined Mike Dibble and they put on 46 before Dean hit a full toss to backward point. It was the partnership of 95 between Caldwell and Dibble that got the Sidmouth innings accelerating and then a partnership of 82 between Dibble and Hodge helped Sidmouth to maximum batting points. Dibble was fifth man out when bowled for 94, just six runs short of his second career century. Caldwell was bowled and Hodge was caught and bowled.

The final innings total was 270.

Axminster's reply started brightly with the big hitting Pete Hayball smashing it around. However, at the other end, they ran into trouble against Hill. He bowled Ostler, had Key top edging to fine-leg and had Walker caught at mid-on first ball. His hat-trick ball thumped into the batsman's pads but the appeal was rightly turned down.

Enter Le Roux. He had Hayball lbw when he missed a full toss and then he took a stunning slip catch to dismiss Rockett off Miles. Miles then took four further wickets and finished with 5 for 29. Caldwell picked up the other wicket when he bowled Dunford who was beaten by the flight.

So a maximum 20 points and one of the most satisfying results in 3rd XI history.

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