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North Devon CC - 2nd XI
Sidmouth CC - 2nd XI
Sat 26 Aug 13:30 - Devon Cricket League - Premier Division 2nd XI

One against the head

Champions win easily on eventful trip to Instow

A glorious day at Instow provided a stunning backdrop to the 2nd XI's eagerly awaited minibus trip to North Devon. Executive travel it wasn't. Saj Patidar stretched his all round capability to be the designated driver of the 'rust bucket'. With 13 people, 11 kits and enough beer to cater for a cruise ship, it was surprising that the bus managed to reach the beautiful coastal ground on the Taw and Torridge estuaries. There was a suggestion that Anthony Griffiths' carefully concocted "rocket fuel" may have been used to supplement the petrol. More about that later.

North Devon decided to bat first on winning the toss. Nobody in their batting line up seemed intent on getting their head down and work on building a base. They were not helped by a wicket with the first ball of the match when Toby Seldon removed the opener's middle stump with a beautiful delivery. Toby continued to bowl as well as he has done all season, with a very consistent line and length. Pick of the bowlers on the day, Toby bagged three wickets, including one with perhaps his only bad ball in the spell.

Taking wickets with poor deliveries became a theme during the innings. Messrs Raistrick and Holmes between them taking four wickets with a combination of full tosses and long hops, as North Devon failed to capitalise on the visitors' generosity. The innings never gained any momentum; the final total of 105 was never going to be enough on a good wicket and fast(er) outfield, which were in sharp contrast to the ground conditions experienced in last week's game at Plympton. A better ball from Luke Raistrick and the ubiquitous wicket from Saj Patidar accounting for the final two wickets. The all round fielding display was one of the strongest of the season, with a number of good catches taken.

Visits to North Devon always seem to produce moments of comedy or drama. This was not to be an exception. Chasing a ball to the leg side boundary, Charlie Dibble turned and threw (almost) in one movement. The ill-directed throw was heading well off line from its intended target, and alarmingly was heading towards umpire Colston Herbert, who quite correctly was not watching the ball, but looking out for a possible run-out or for incomplete runs. Time stood still. The noise that followed, as the ball hit Colston square on the back of the head, was very similar to a knocking-in mallet making a single thwack on a new bat. Thankfully the throw had come from a 'chocolate' arm and not from a Daley Holmes or a Byron Knowles. Although shocked, there was no significant injury - thank god. Colston was able to return to the action after a 20 minute sit down, sore, but undeterred. Later on, all were able to see the funny side of the incident, reflecting on the different potential outcomes. These are best not discussed here. Gallows humour.

The inadequate total set by North Devon was never going to test the Sidmouth batting line up. Anthony Griffiths helped himself to another half century surviving a couple of dropped chances to remain undefeated. Two wickets were lost in the chase but Nick Mansfield with an unbeaten cameo innings supported Griff in getting the divisional champions over the line.

The game was concluded prior to tea, perhaps underlining the gulf between the two sides. Given the sustained record of this team over such a long period it is not unfair to see the merits of an all through league, because to improve, the side need to be truly tested week by week.

So, onto the rust bucket again and the task of making a dent in the improvised bar. Within the journey was an unusual quiz whereby the increasingly cheerful occupants of the 'bus' had to guess the ingredients of Griff's rocket fuel. It would be unprofessional to list them here, but it was clear they were a great anaesthetic for Colston's head. Maybe best not contemplating the combined affects of the ball injury and the rocket fuel on Sunday morning. Sorry Colston.

Thank you to Clive Dwerryhouse for scoring (on his own for third time this season) and to Saj for driving and somehow managing to caress and cajole the bus home, making it feel like a high performance sports car rather than the heap of junk it was.


Scorecard

North Devon CC - 2nd XI won the toss and decided to bowl.

North Devon CC - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Lee Wade
b. T Seldon
0
1
0.0
Jay Rothery
b. T Seldon
18
21
3
85.7
P Blythe
ct. C Dibble, b. D Holmes
31
57
5
54.4
Matt Dart
ct. I Thomas, b. T Seldon
0
6
0.0
Phil Pennington
ct. I Thomas, b. L Raistrick
25
48
4
52.1
David Hartley
ct. S Patidar, b. D Holmes
0
2
0.0
Jonny Green
ct. N Mansfield, b. L Raistrick
15
49
30.6
Archie Popham
b. C Dibble
0
6
0.0
Steve Popham
ct. F Wardrop, b. L Raistrick
10
9
2
111.1
Dave Rothery
ct. I Thomas, b. S Patidar
0
18
0.0
Tim Cooke
Not Out
2
5
40.0
Extras
5w, 2b, 1nb
8
Total
for 10 wickets 36.4 overs
109

Sidmouth CC - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Toby Seldon
9
4
9
3
1.0
Fionn Wardrop
6
0
27
0
4.5
1w
Daley Holmes
5
0
31
2
6.2
1w
Luke Raistrick
9
1
30
3
3.3
1nb, 2w
Charlie Dibble
7
1
8
1
1.1
Saju Patidar
0.4
0
2
1
 
1w

Sidmouth CC - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Anthony Griffiths
Not Out
68
72
9
94.4
Isaac Thomas
ct. T Cooke, b. T Cooke
8
7
1
114.3
Anthony Dibble
ct. D Rothery, b. J Rothery
4
6
1
66.7
Nick Mansfield
Not Out
19
35
1
54.3
Saju Patidar
 
 
Thomas Moore
 
 
Daley Holmes
 
 
Fionn Wardrop
 
 
Luke Raistrick
 
 
Charlie Dibble
 
 
Toby Seldon
 
 
Extras
7w, 1b, 2lb, 1nb
11
Total
for 2 wickets 20 overs
110

North Devon CC - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Tim Cooke
9
0
41
1
4.6
Jay Rothery
5
0
31
1
6.2
5w
Matt Dart
3
0
21
0
7.0
1w
Archie Popham
3
0
14
0
4.7
1nb, 1w

Team selection

League round up

Other Premier Division 2nd XI results

292/6
185/9
Plympton CC - 2nd XI
Budleigh Salterton CC - 2nd XI
179/6
178/7
Exeter CC - 2nd XI
Plymouth CC - 2nd XI
180/6
177/7
Exmouth CC - 2nd XI
Cornwood CC - 2nd XI
173/6
172
Torquay CC - 2nd XI

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# Team Pts
1. Sidmouth CC - 2nd XI 312
2. Exeter CC - 2nd XI 253
3. Bovey Tracey CC - 2nd XI 248
4. Budleigh Salterton CC - 2nd XI 221
5. Exmouth CC - 2nd XI 220
6. Plympton CC - 2nd XI 188
7. Cornwood CC - 2nd XI 188

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