Kidson stars as Honiton last pair put on 100 in Tivvy triumph

Honiton 1st XI line up at the start of a new Tolchards Dveon League cricket season

Honiton 1st XI line up at the start of a new Tolchards Dveon League cricket season - Credit: Archant

Honiton 1st XI ended a run of three successive defeats with an 85 run win at Tiverton.

However, the scores do not tell the whole story for the win was based on a splendid 100-run last wicket partnership that saw the10-man Mountbatten Park men from a troubled 120-8 to their all out score of 220.

Honiton skipper Tom Strawbridge lost the toss and the Tiverton captain had no hesitation in inviting the visitors to bat.

The bulk of the runs from the top of the batting card came from the bat of Dave Haysom who hit 33, but, with the last pair at the crease, a total of 120 did not look like being enough to end the Honiton losing sequence.

However, Ben Kidson and Phil Tansley had other ideas!

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Rather than sit tight and nurdle runs here and there, the pair took the game to the home bowlers and scored at a good rate.

Shortly after Kidson had passed his maiden half century, Tansley was out for a well made 40 – the pair adding exactly 100 for the final wicket with Kidson not out 56 at the close of the innings.

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Boosted by that terrific last wicket stand, the Honiton bowlers got to work and they were equally as impressive as the tail end batsmen!

Wickets fell at regular intervals denying the home side any chance to get momentum to their reply and the6y were eventually bowled out for 135.

Kidson completed a superb all-round shift for hiss side with figures of 2-42. Adam Holmes also bagged a brace, finishing with figures of 2-8 and spinner Alan Ostler played his part, returning figures of 3-13 as Honiton savoured a super success.

Next for Honiton is a Saturday (June 17) East Devon derby at Upottery.

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