Moore rewrites the history book at Newton Poppleford CC with double century

Thomas Moore rewrote the Newton Poppleford record book as he scored a stunning double century in the club’s 93-run win over visiting Old Leightonians.

The first half of this season at Newton Poppleford was dominated by opener and Sidmouth 2nd XI batsman Isaac Thomas, who has also been in form in Saturday cricket, scoring an unbeaten 210 at the Fortfield.

Last weekend, Thomas Moore made his first start in the Sidmouth Tolchards Devon League Premier Division 1st XI and he and Thomas opened the innings for Newton Poppleford in this latest game.

Moore was quickly into his stride, despatching the ball to all parts of the ground. Thomas took a little while to open his account, but the pair took the score to 80 before Isaac guided one straight to second slip.

Moore was joined by Richard Coombs, the latter playing his 299th game for Newton Poppleford, and the pair saw their side through to the drinks break by which time Moore had reached his half century.

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Young Moore then reached a major milestone – passing 100 for the first time, before, having put on 130, the pair were parted with the loss of Coombs for 57.

Moore, having reached three figures, then stepped things up a gear – or two – and the final 10 overs saw the ball hit harder, and further, than before.

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Moore passed 166 to beat the previous highest individual score of any 1st XI player at the club before then reaching another huge milestone – his double hundred – and Newton Poppleford reached tea on 367-3.

Post tea, the Old Leightonian openers also made the most of a superb batting surface, taking 88 runs off the first 13 overs sent down by Ben Fisher and Chris Davis.

The visiting side reached 200 for the loss of just a single wicket, but then home skipper Clay threw the ball to George House who, to date this season, had claimed just a single wicket.

However, on this occasion he claimed four to put a huge dent in the run chase and the visitors ended their effort with the bat on 274-7, leaving Newton Poppleford handsome winners and young Moore was left to reflect on a memorable afternoon with the bat.

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