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Sidmouth CC - 2nd XI
Clyst Hydon CC - 1st XI
Sat 12 May 13:30 - Devon Cricket League - C Division East Start time 13:30

Brew-tea-ful Sidmouth urn victory

Tea room drama doesn't affect dominant display by Griifiths' men to secure second win

Attempting to gain a psychological advantage in sport through what could be construed as an inflammatory gesture is not uncommon. For example, a visiting side forcing Liverpool to attack the Kop in the first half, where they always traditionally like to do so in the second half. Famously Martin Johnson's English rugby team supposedly forced then-Irish president Mary McAleese to walk on the grass as she greeted them prior to a 2003 Six Nations match, having walked onto the pitch and deliberately taken the position the Irish always took, in front of the red carpet. In the seasonal first appearance at their valley home, Sidmouth 2nd XI were faced with a massive psychological hurdle. Imagine the impact caused by the visitors taking the home side's tea table? Did Clyst Hydon feel there was more clotted cream on the scones? Were the cucumber sandwiches fresher? Had the cranberries been spread more thinly on the away side's flapjacks? Was it purely designed to unsettle the hosts? There was emotional distress, yes. The expressions on the faces of the stalwarts as they entered the tearoom were pictures, trying to absorb the different feng shui. However, no matter the intended affect, there had been too much damage done in the first half of this C division encounter for the Sidmouth team to buckle under this duress at the tea interval.

Anthony Griffiths is generating a great team spirit through his excellent leadership in these early games. He observed that players were enjoying each other's success. A feature of last week's match at Whimple was how all members of the team, without exception, had contributed to the overall performance in that opening day win. Here it was the same. Having lost the toss Sidmouth were asked to bowl first. The entire bowling and fielding unit performed at a level above that of recent second elevens. The opening bowlers Fionn Wardop and Toby Seldon set the tone. They completed their nine over spells without conceding a single extra. Not one wide, which is a considerable achievement given the zero tolerance for anything delivered down the leg side under league rules. The Clyst Hydon openers were talented batsmen and played expertly, driving crisply, and running well between the wickets. At 60-0 you may have thought the visitors were well on top. However such was the discipline of the opening bowlers, and the tight rein kept on the run rate, that all the visiting batsmen seemed to be over-anxious to get the scoreboard moving once the Wardrop and Seldon spells ended. Whilst the other Sidmouth bowlers also bowled well; their wickets were to some extent the result of the pressure built by the opening pair's disciplined lines, and from the support of the other players in the field. Clyst Hydon subsided alarmingly to 110 all out, with the Charlie Dibble / Daley Holmes off spin partnership sharing eight wickets. Byron Knowles then polished off the tail with a quick-fire brace.

There were many great examples of top fielding on display in this game. Messrs Hurley, Holmes, Knowles, Thomas, Mansfield and Moore all demonstrating youthful exuberance and skill throughout. Two particular highlights to pick out though. Firstly, the expression on Toby Seldon's face as he grabbed a low chance at short third man, falling / diving forwards. Secondly, another masterful wicket keeping display in successive weeks. Tom Wainwright, on his return to the Fortfield after two decades away, maintained the extremely high standards of Cameron Grainger-Evans in the first week. Here, like in many others areas of the squad, the competition for places is pretty intense and no-one envies the selection committee in the coming weeks.

Undaunted by the tea time mind games Sidmouth's opening red-haired partnership of Nick Mansfield and Isaac Thomas set about chasing 'Nelson' for victory. Both made pleasing progress and both their dismissals came as a surprise. Their partnership of 70 was a good one. Regular readers of these reports will be familiar with Isaac's habit of falling just short of notable scoring landmarks. This was no exception as he fell to a beauty four short of a half century. It was left to skipper Griffiths and Knowles to ease the home side past their target and to a comfortable 8-wicket victory.

Excellent work from scorer Dwerryhouse and umpire Herbert once more. Thank you both. Colstan revealed after the game that a big birthday has just passed. All guesses were short of the mark. The Welsh water must be good for you.

Two matches down. Two victories. Two games played in great spirit. The all-through league is going well so far.

p.s. Clyst Hydon were most welcome to sit wherever they wanted and did so with complete innocence.

Scorecard

Clyst Hydon CC - 1st XI won the toss and elected to bat

Clyst Hydon CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Ian Sutton
ct. N Mansfield, b. C Dibble
42
4
1
 
Gwilym Davies
b. C Dibble
25
2
 
Robert Randall
b. D Holmes
4
 
Graham Trude
b. C Dibble
12
 
Sinthuran Thevaraj
ct. T Seldon, b. D Holmes
6
 
Mike Cliff
st. T Moore, b. C Dibble
0
 
Chris Holmes
ct. E Hurley, b. C Dibble
0
 
James Billington
b. D Holmes
3
 
Lewis Rhodes
ct. F Wardrop, b. B Knowles
8
1
 
Zain Ul-Abiddin
Not Out
2
 
Shankar Perera
b. B Knowles
1
 
Extras
6w, 1lb
7
Total
for 10 wickets 43 overs
110

Sidmouth CC - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Fionn Wardrop
9
1
34
0
3.8
Toby Seldon
9
2
18
0
2.0
Byron Knowles
4
0
12
2
3.0
3w
Charlie Dibble
9
2
20
5
2.2
Daley Holmes
9
2
18
3
2.0
Ed Hurley
3
0
7
0
2.3
3w

Sidmouth CC - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Isaac Thomas
ct. J Billington, b. M Cliff
46
7
 
Nick Mansfield
lb. C Holmes
29
5
 
Anthony Griffiths
Not Out
15
1
 
Byron Knowles
Not Out
1
 
Daley Holmes
 
 
Thomas Moore
 
 
Tom Wainwright
 
 
Fionn Wardrop
 
 
Ed Hurley
 
 
Charlie Dibble
 
 
Toby Seldon
 
 
Extras
17w, 1lb, 2nb
20
Total
for 2 wickets 17 overs
111

Clyst Hydon CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Mike Cliff
5
0
24
1
4.8
6w
Lewis Rhodes
2
0
21
0
10.5
1w
Zain Ul-Abiddin
2
0
15
0
7.5
James Billington
4
0
34
0
8.5
3w
Chris Holmes
4
0
16
1
4.0
1w

Team selection

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Other C Division East results

Alphington CC - 1st XI
87
194
Whimple CC - 1st XI
Kilmington CC, Devon - 1st XI
272/9
172
Ottery St Mary CC - 1st XI
Exeter CC - 2nd XI
184/7
183/6
Braunton CC - 1st XI
Budleigh Salterton CC - 2nd XI
57/8
55
Feniton CC - 1st XI

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# Team Pts
1. Kilmington CC, Devon - 1st XI 323
2. Sidmouth CC - 2nd XI 309
3. Alphington CC - 1st XI 257
4. Exeter CC - 2nd XI 241
5. Ottery St Mary CC - 1st XI 225
6. Whimple CC - 1st XI 223
7. Braunton CC - 1st XI 217

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