Skipper Watkins tons up and Byron takes a Fivefer!
Rob Fowler Reports...
Sidmouth travelled to play second in the league Thorverton. It was a nice sunny day but with the threat of rain.
Thorverton asked Sidmouth to bat first and the new opening partnership of Dave Watkins and Jordan Fowler walked to the crease and looked at ease. Watkins played some attacking shots and Fowler grew into the openers role, on his first time in this position, against some good Thorverton bowling. With the score board ticking along nicely they reached 50 without loss in the 10th over.
Watkins reached his own 50 before Sidmouth lost the wicket of Fowler for 12, when the score was on 70, to a good slip catch. This brought Tom Clay to the crease and he had to adapt his game from big hitting to a more of a watchful role as the pitch was not that easy to bat on against some good Thorverton bowling. Tom managed to reach 8 before being clean bowled.
Byron Knowles was in at 4 after his heroics and maiden hundred the previous week. He was clearly feeling good and he and Watkins moved the score forward reaching the teams 100 in the 21st over. Knowles then reached his own 50, with Watkins going well at the other end - and heading towards his first league 100. Sidmouth lost Knowles who was caught for a good 58 and replaced by the other hero from the week before - Graham Munday.
Munday supported Watkins to his first league hundred. Well batted skipper Watkins who finally got out for 118. Wesley Holmes came in at 6 and he only had time to take guard and face a few balls before he saw Munday get out the other end for a good 34. Tom Overthrow entered the game at number 7 but he did not trouble the scorers. Craig Stephen, batting at 8, joined Holmes and they scored a few before Holmes was caught for 8. Leigh Adey walked out to face the last ball of the innings and was 0 not out and Craig Stephens was 6 not out as the team closed on 268 for 7.
After a great tea Sidmouth’s opening bowlers, Holmes and Knowles, had Thorverton in trouble at 7-2 . Both wickets fell to Knowles in his first over and this gave Sidmouth the chance to put some pressure. Thorverton steadied the ship before captain Watkins introduced his spinners, Munday and Raistrick, but they got no joy with Thorverton’s batsmen taking a fancy to Munday’s slow left arm spin and a short leg side boundary. A Thorverton third wicket partnership of 124 began to take the game away from Sidmouth but then Watkins turned to Jordan Fowler who managed to break this partnership. Thorverton were 135-3 in the 22nd over and on target to win the game before a team talk at the drinks break generated a different atmosphere in the field for the second half of the innings. Knowles was reintroduced to the attack and, with Ffowler keeping it tight at the other end, wickets started to fall. Knowles picked up his 3rd and Fowler picked up a second reducing Thorverton to 154 -5. Fowler finished with solid figures of 9 over 2 wickets for 27.
Watkins brought Holmes back and got an instant reward with him picking up his first wicket. Knowles kept picking up wickets the other end and finished with excellent figures of 9 overs 5 wickets for 24. He then turned to his senior bowler, Munday, who picked up a quick wicket and repaid his captains faith in him. With Holmes closing on 9 overs 1 wicket for 35, it was left to Munday to pick up the last wicket and finish with figures of 6 over 2 wickets for 48. Sidmouth won the game as Thorverton finished on 236 all out.
Thanks to umpire Ian and scorer Richard. With only 9 teams in the league Sidmouth have reached the half way point of their season and have a week off next Saturday. With stats of played 8 won 5 lost 3 and 110 points and, at the moment 2nd in the league, and well over double the points they had this time last season and it shows the 3rds are moving in the right direction with their performances both as a team and individually