Understrength side still manages to win!
Rob Fowler Reports....
Sidmouth travelled to Exeter to face a strong looking Alphington side who were above them in the league table. The 3rds were patched up with several players missing. The 1st and 2nd team left the thirds several key players missing but full of self belief due to early season form. Sidmouth won the toss and decided to bat. Tom Overthrow and Tom Clay walked out to open the innings. The contrast of styles Clays' power, Overthrows' patience and touch looked a good combination. But Clay looked to play a big shot only to see it go straight up in the air and he was caught. Skipper Graham Munday joined Overthrow as they were watchful and steady, building a score steadily overthrown was out for 18 but set the base to build on Byron Knowles and Munday kept the scorers busy with the score board that took the innings passed the hundred mark and beyond. Once Overthrow was out, Byron Knowles was bowled for 13, Craig Stephens' stay at the crease was short and sweet as he managed 2, Leigh Adey joined Munday and watched him crash the ball around the field. But with the long grass on the outfield the pair ranseveral 2s as boundary were rare. Sidmouth lost Adey for 12, Ashley Perram replaced him Munday's long innings taking its toll saw him take the aeriel route finishing on 72 not out and Perram 7 not out and a team total of 194-5 in their 45 overs.
The start of Alphington's innings was delayed by rain and a reduced total was calculated at 162 required 39 overs. Alphington saw a new opening bowling attack of Will Bright and Byron Knowles who both bowled well. Knowles is getting back to good form with the ball and Bright bowling good lines. Knowles finished with figures of 8 overs 3 maidens for 2 wickets and Bright 7 overs 1 for 41. Then Munday turned to his 3 spinners Raistrick, Fowler and himself and between them they controlled the innings with Raistrick returning figures of 8 overs for 27, Fowler 8 overs 1 wicket for 22 and Munday 6 overs 4 for 20 which included 3 wickets in a over. A late stand of 50 for the last wicket saw Sidmouth sweating as Alphington crept close to the score, but with 2 overs left Leigh Adey had Alphingtons number 11 batsman caught well by Knowles off his first ball ending up with figures of 1 ball 1 wicket to see Sidmouth win. As ever thanks to Ian and Richard for umpiring and scoring. Sidmouth are home next week to Seaton at the Newton Poppleford Oval.