Great advert for league cricket as Sidmouth win at Instow
PUBLISHED: 13:25 02 June 2011
EXMOUTH 2nd XI's victory over Sidmouth 3rd XI looked comfortable on paper, but the home side did not have it all their own way as the visitors improved greatly on their last two games from which they had not gained a single point.
Exmouth got a flying start to their chase of Sidnouth's 167 with 48 on the board after five overs as Stuart Rintoul and Henry Folland tucked into opening bowlers Nick Mansfield and Joe Griffiths.
Their appetite was almost as voracious as the Jack Russell that nipped into the tea tent, leapt up at the spread, grabbed a cream and jam chudley and wolfed it down before the arrival of an embarrassed owner.
Charlie Dibble, Isaac Thomas and Bruce Robson reined things in and, with 15 overs to go, in a match shortened to 40 overs a side by rain, Exmouth needed four an over, having lost three wickets in quick succession.
One resulted from Robson taking a one-handed reaction catch at short leg off Dibble to make it 95-3.
Jason Matthews and Micky Collinge all but saw Exmouth home, the former giving Thomas his third wicket with the score on 165.
New batsman Mike Cliff survived confident shouts for lbw and stumped off his first two deliveries before driving a four to finish the match.
Sidmouth's innings was built around fine knocks by junior players Dan Powell, 13, who made 60, and Anthony Dibble, 15, who struck 48.
These innings were compiled against bowlers who would not look out of place in a premier division 1st XI attack. Indeed, it is only two years ago that Cliff, when playing for Budleigh Salterton, caused problems for Sidmouth 1st XI.
The only other double figure score came from Tom Overthrow, at the other end of the age scale, with 10.
George Greenaway was the scourge of Sidmouth, taking 5-17 as they slipped from 73-2 to 111-7.
Exmouth took 20 points from the game and Sidmouth five. Tavistock 2nd XI arrive at Bicton tomorrow as Sidmouth bid to build on this performance and register a decent points haul to begin progress off the foot of the 2nd XI A Division table.