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2nd XI League - Match centre

Alphington CC - 1st XI
Sidmouth CC - 2nd XI
Sat 19 May 13:30 - Devon Cricket League - C Division East Start time 13:30

Ginger Prince makes his Markle

Thomas top scores in fabulous run chase at Alphington

On a gloriously sunny day the Sidmouth side arrived in dribs and drabs, having defeated the non-existent County Show and Chiefs traffic. A couple of the younger players seemed to have a passing interest in events taking place in Windsor; but they seemed unable to explain why. There was little in the way of bunting or fascinators beside the Alphin Brook.

Skipper Anthony Griffiths is a useless tosser. I will elaborate, in stating that he lost his third toss in a row (100%) in this fledgling season. Alphington, strengthened by five returning players including their debutant overseas player, had no hesitation in batting first. It quickly emerged, despite an early Fionn Wardrop breakthrough, that this was to be the biggest test of the 2nd XI's season to date. Positive batting saw Sidmouth conceding close to a run a ball for a large chunk of the innings, in some part due to a poor ball being delivered per over. The incredibly wet Spring, combined with the football played on a large section of the outfield, had left the surface very rutted. This was challenging to both fielding sides and was a devil for clean handling and containment.

The bowling over rate was also down from the first two weeks, largely due the ball disappearing into the many nettles and other deep foliage surrounding two-thirds of this ground. A rotation of three different balls was soon in place as others were recovered.

Star of the bowling performance was Daley Holmes, bowling at the death, returning impressive figures of 3-27 helping to restrict the hosts to a more manageable total than looked likely 10 overs from the end. At tea Sidmouth needed 232 to win. The team realised standards had dipped from the previous week, but confidence was high that this was a chase-able particularly as the previous 7 matches on this ground had been won by the side batting second.

The strawberry blonde partnership of Isaac Thomas and Nick Mansfield got the innings off to a steady side, putting on 50 for the first wicket. The Alphington overseas, opening the bowling from the Marsh Barton end, had an improbable field including 4 slips and 2 gullys. Not much went the way of this cordon, but not too many runs were coming either. This changed when Mansfield, with help of 5 wides, took one over for 19. The slips were dispatched to different areas of the ground from this point on. The Ginger Princes were making their own vows (of intent).

Thomas escaped one scare. Mansfield did not, snicking thinly to the keeper. He fell for a good 29, with many attractive shots, one of which struck square leg umpire Herbert a painful blow on the leg and unwittingly saved the fielding side runs. Of course the primary concern was Colstann's wellbeing. Mansfield's dismissal brought the skipper to the crease. Griff scored from the first ball he faced (a boundary) and looked instantly comfortable. He (53) and Thomas (70) both made excellent half centuries and Alphington didn't appear to have any answers. Interestingly, Alphington only used five bowlers, 4 of whom were in the top 5 of their batting order. A question mark over their depth therefore remains.

Both Thomas and Griffiths fell to catches in the ring and a small tremor of fear was felt in the visitors' line up. It was Byron 'Cuddles' Knowles who steadied the nerves with his particular brand of hard hit shot. Some thought he had scored around 20, but such is the speed that he naturally scores, he had in fact racked up 40 before a dubious leg before decision accounted for his wicket. We saw a hitherto unseen part of Byron's character in this game and cuddling was not top of his agenda as he left the field of play.

Messrs Holmes and Sapiecha concluded an excellent run chase with 9 balls to spare. So, 3 wins out of 3, and a really good contest here, exactly what this team wanted in the new all-through league.

As always thanks to Colstan and Clive for their time and efforts.

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Scorecard

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

Alphington CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Luke Phillips
b. F Wardrop
1
 
Mark Halse
ct. A Griffiths, b. B Sapiecha
53
8
1
 
Matt Taylor
ct. D Holmes, b. D Holmes
65
7
1
 
Drikus Janse Van Vuuren
ct. B Knowles, b. D Holmes
74
7
3
 
Tom Bath
ct. E Hurley, b. E Hurley
3
 
Mark Porter
st. C Evans-Grainger, b. D Holmes
9
0
1
 
Simon Burrell
ro. Unsure
5
 
Tom Weeks
Not Out
0
 
James Watson
 
 
Tom Ballett
 
 
Simon Betts
 
 
Extras
14w, 1b, 6lb
21
Total
for 7 wickets 45 overs
231

Sidmouth CC - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Toby Seldon
7
1
36
0
5.1
Fionn Wardrop
4
1
14
1
3.5
1w
Byron Knowles
5
0
32
0
6.4
8w
Charlie Dibble
9
0
31
0
3.4
Benedict Sapiecha
7
0
46
1
6.6
2w
Ed Hurley
6
1
38
1
6.3
3w
Daley Holmes
7
0
27
3
3.9

Sidmouth CC - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Isaac Thomas
ct. D Vuuren, b. T Ballett
70
7
1
 
Nick Mansfield
ct. T Weeks, b. M Halse
29
5
0
 
Anthony Griffiths
ct. M Halse, b. T Ballett
53
5
 
Byron Knowles
lb. T Bath
40
7
 
Daley Holmes
Not Out
9
1
 
Benedict Sapiecha
Not Out
6
1
 
Ed Hurley
 
 
Cameron Evans-Grainger
 
 
Fionn Wardrop
 
 
Charlie Dibble
 
 
Toby Seldon
 
 
Extras
23w, 1b, 1lb, 3nb
28
Total
for 4 wickets 42.3 overs
235

Alphington CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Drikus Janse Van Vuuren
7.3
1
46
0
6.6
2nb, 7w
Tom Bath
8
0
63
1
7.9
8w
Mark Halse
9
1
39
1
4.3
Tom Ballett
9
0
41
2
4.6
1nb, 7w
Luke Phillips
9
1
44
0
4.9
1w

Team selection

League round up

Other C Division East results

Braunton CC - 1st XI
226/8
258/9
Ottery St Mary CC - 1st XI
Clyst Hydon CC - 1st XI
93
96/0
Kilmington CC, Devon - 1st XI
Feniton CC - 1st XI
228
231/6
Exeter CC - 2nd XI
Whimple CC - 1st XI
146/7
144/8
Budleigh Salterton CC - 2nd XI

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# Team Pts
1. Kilmington CC, Devon - 1st XI 283
2. Sidmouth CC - 2nd XI 272
3. Alphington CC - 1st XI 231
4. Ottery St Mary CC - 1st XI 213
5. Exeter CC - 2nd XI 203
6. Whimple CC - 1st XI 195
7. Braunton CC - 1st XI 189

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