Nine ladies from Sidmouth made the journey to the west Cullompton village of Bradninch to play their ladies team in two softball pairs games, in a friendly arranged between the two clubs. Like Sidmouth, Bradninch have been involved in the DCB’s ‘Wine & Wickets’ initiative and are keen to play as many fixtures as possible before the season closes.
Sidmouths first match was against a full strength Bradninch team, who struck the ball cleanly when they batted and bowled straight. Batting first Bradninch amassed a sizeable total of 277 in their allotted 10 overs (5pairs). Sidmouth who hadn’t played for 4 weeks and showed some signs rustiness with a few mistakes in the field and difficulties when bowling. Nevertheless Taryn Murray bowled two excellent overs, Rebecca Smith had clearly listened to her future father-in-laws wicket keeping masterclass and was dynamic behind the stumps - Graham would have been impressed!
Sidmouths response started well with Murray and Smith striking the first over for 20 despite losing one wicket, other notable innings' were Jo Fisher who managed to despatch a number of boundaries in her two overs. Jo also produced a comedy high point of the match, doing what can only be classed as a ‘Matt Hewer’. Whilst stepping back to blaze a short pitch delivery, Jo stepped a little to far back meaning that the stumps were now in range of her down swing of the ball. The strike then came, ball and all with plastic stumps flying all over the pitch much to the enjoyment of everyone in attendance! Despite the efforts of Kate Warren and Taryn in the final pair Sidmouth fell 22 runs light of Bradninch. Wickets being the deciding factor in this game with Sidmouth losing 7 and Bradninch only 3.
In the second game Sidmouth found their stride as Bradninch rejigged their team, nevertheless the powerful Megan Acton turned out for the Bradninch team again much to the dismay of many of the Sidmouth players. Bowling first again saw a much improved performance, in terms of bowling a lot straighter with less extras being given away. Bradninch managed to get to a tally of 244 for 4 off their 8 overs, unfortunately for Sidmouth Jo Fisher injured her calf whilst fielding, so it was lucky physios King and Smith were on hand to offer some first aid advice to Jo.
In response Sidmouth started well not losing any wickets with the partnership of Smith and Jess Tubbs opening up. Murray and Warren then really pressed home the Sidmouth advantage compiling 28 runs from the 12 balls they received. Steady progress from Barbara Vidion and Helen Bartlett with no wickets falling in their partnership. Then to finish the job for Sidmouth was Rebecca Smith and Jess King who walked out to bat at 8.50pm whilst the light was fading fast. Despite the dimpsy condition only losing one wicket off the bowling of Bradninch star player Acton was a great effort. This saw Sidmouth to 260 for 2 off their 8 overs, meaning that Sidmouth come away with the victory by 16 runs.
A return encounter is booked in for Friday 18th August at the Fortfield ground, where the Sidmouth Ladies will finally grace the hallowed turf for the first time. Well done to all involved and thanks to Bradninch CC for hosting.
Updated 19:33 - 18 Sep 2017 by Saju Patidar