Tucker and Tucker star as Feniton go down to all-conquering Sidmouth 2nds

PUBLISHED: 18:00 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 21:37 02 July 2018

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Feniton skipper Jon Pyle was taken plenty of positives from his sides 85-run home defeat at the hands of all-conquering Sidmouth 2nds.

A cricket helmet and gloves lie beyond the boundary (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)A cricket helmet and gloves lie beyond the boundary (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

After the visitors had batted first and powered their way to an imposing 316-6 from their 45 overs, Feniton replied with 231-8, and they had a splendid ‘Father-and-son’ partnership as a key part of that reply.

Feniton opener Graham Tucker launched the home run chase and, when he had lost five batting partners his teenage son Jack came out to join him with their side wobbling on 67-5. The Tucker two fought back and it was not until they had taken the reply to 153 when Tucker junior was stumped for a very useful 57-ball 53, hitting seven fours and two sixes. Tucker senior was not for dislodging and he was still there at stumps, unbeaten on 81 from 125 balls faced, hitting 10 fours and one six as Feniton closed on 231-8 after 45 overs.

Pyle said: “Tucks senior and junior batted so well. Graham opened and was always in control and that was as good a knock as I have seen from young Jack to date.”

Pyle continued: “Sidmouth had five or six players with 1st XI experience this season and we feel we gave them a decent game. We’d have given them an even closer game had we not given each of their top four batsmen a life!”

As for his team being in a bottom three berth at the halfway stage of the league campaign, Pyle says: “It’s a problem as we are a few points adrift after the two sides above us picked up wins, but there’s a long way to go and we must draw confidence from the fact that three or four of the first half games we have lost have been by the smallest of margins.”

He continued: “Four or five wins over the final nine games should be enough to keep us up and we are very capable of doing that.”

On Saturday (July 7) Feniton go to Alphington.

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