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By John Goodwin
Jash Patidar emulates father's score
The great run getter, Graham Gooch, urged batsmen under his coaching tutelage not to be satisfied with making centuries but to go on and turn them into "daddy 100s", his term for a score approaching 200 or beyond.
Jash Patidar has redefined the term by making 110 for Sidmouth 3rd XI against Upottery 2nd XI, exactly the same score his father, Saj, made the previous week against Shobrooke Park.
Jash and opening partner Thomas Moore put on 107 for the first wicket after Sidmouth were inserted which provided the platform for a total of 251 in the 40-over allocation. It proved well beyond the visitors who replied with 103 all out as Wesley Holmes and Jordan Fowler took three wickets each.
Patidar hit 15 fours and two sixes before succumbing to young leg spinner Daniel Stevens, who, coming on as fourth change, took 3-21 in four overs. Both Patidar and Moore, who made 47, were the beneficiaries of dropped catches when offering straightforward chances. By contrast, Wesley Holmes must have thought he had registered a maximum until the long off fielder, Mike Button-Stephens, sprinted full pelt to intercept the ball before it crossed the boundary and dismiss him for five.
Three wickets fell for 14 towards the close of the innings, but the runs in the bank gave Graham Munday licence to smite and his unbeaten 33 contained three sixes and three fours.
Tea was taken without the customary lemon drizzle cake, which had already been feasted on by ants, but there were still enough calories to restore energy levels. Lee Clayden and Toby Seldon bowled unchanged eight-over opening spells tidily and took a wicket each to rein in the visitors' reply.
From 41-1 Upottery stuttered to 68-7 as Holmes's medium pace and Jordan Fowler's off-spin, helped by some competent catching, took control. Simon Kennard offered some lusty resistance in making 27 until he became one of two victims for George House who administered the final rites.
During the course of the game, Sidmouth used two substitutes, both in the scorebox. Despite a trapped nerve in his back, Patidar senior stepped in and recorded many of his son's runs. After tea Rob Fowler took up the pencils until the return of the designated scorer.
The 20 points gained from the win took Sidmouth well clear at the top of F Division East with closest rivals Seaton having 10 points deducted when they were unable to raise a side for a visit to Braunton. Honiton make the short trip to Newton Poppleford for the next fixture.
Updated 11:40 - 27 Jun 2018 by Fionn Wardrop