Byron Lords It
Rob Fowler Reports...
Sidmouth won the toss against Seaton and decided to bat first, which pleased the team as it was the hottest day of the summer.
Openers Tom Overthrow and Anthony Cox walked to the crease with Tom facing the first ball. It was a slow start but Tom kept picking up singles and trying to rotate the strike but Cox found it hard to get the ball away, at sometimes even to hit it by his own admission!
When Sidmouth lost Cox, clean bowled by Rob Gibson, it brought Craig Stephen to the crease and he managed to get to 8 before being caught from the bowling of Libby. Captain Munday entered the Newton Poppleford Oval at number 4 to join Overthrow, only to see Overthrow caught at gulley in the next over giving Gibson his second wicket.
Sidmouth were in a bit of trouble at this stage at 21 for 3. Byron Knowles, batting at 5, joined Munday in the middle to rebuild the innings and the two of them batted sensibly and positively. Seaton’s bowlers kept going but were let down by fielders dropping catches giving Knowles a couple of lives. Knowles made Seaton pay as Sidmouth’s total grew steadily as both batsmen reac hed half centuries; this was Knowles first senior 50.
Seaton’s bowlers found it increasingly hard to break the partnership and now the run rate was rising at a rapid rate as Knowles’ powerful shots found the rope. Knowles raced towards his first senior century – well supported and advised by Munday. Knowles reached his first senior hundred to the pleasure of his team mates and supporters . Well batted Byron! Knowles and Munday passed their 200 partnership and closed with the score on a fine 258 for 3.
Seaton’s openers took to the field looking at 259 to win, but one thing we know is that groundsman Colin Whitehall always produces good batting pitches and this was no exception. Sidmouth’s opening bowlers, Chatwood and Raistrick, challenged the Seaton batsman but they were scoring at a good rate before Raistrick picked up Sidmouth’s first wicket. The runs kept flowing so it was time for change and Knowles picked up the other opener, caught off his glove.
Captain Munday rolled his bowlers again introducing Jordan Fowler and Leigh Adey to the attack. The spin of Fowler slowed down the run rate and was a constant threat to Seaton’s batsmen - bowling his 9 overs and picking up 2 wickets for 18. Adey at the other end found it a bit harder but picked up 1 wicket as well. He could of made it 2 with a catch from his own bowling but his effort had more pirouettes than a scene from Strictly Come Dancing!
Munday introduced himself to the attack and picked up a wicket ending up with figures of 4 overs 1 for 10 before Sidmouth returned to the opening bowlers Chatwood and Raistrick. Chatwood made a breakthrough and with figures off 9 overs 1 for 34 while Raistrick finished with 9 overs 1 for 63. With 3 overs left Sidmouth were still trying to pick up the last 3 wickets. Munday turned to Anthony Cox and Matt Clark and instant rewards were seen when Cox picked up a wicket. Clark bowled well with no reward and Sidmouth could not get the last 2 wickets. Seaton closed on 222 for 8.
Finally, a special mention for wicket keeper Kenny Clay who had stats of 3 catches and 1 stumping - but the day belonged to Byron Knowles. Well batted Byron for 124 not out and congratulations on your first senior hundred!