Wes Boy and Rodders - Only fools and horses help the 3rds!
Rob Fowler reports on the 3rds last game of 2017...
Sidmouth 3rds welcomed Thorverton 2nds to the Newton poppleford Oval where Captain Dave Watkins won the toss and decided to bat first.
Openers, Watkins and Jash Patidar, survived some early scares and put on an opening stance of 58 before Watkins was dismissed for 29. Nathan Ritchie joined Patidar only to see Jash get out 3 runs later for 20 which brought Graham Munday to the crease. Sadly Sidmouth’s wickets kept tumbling with Ritchie out for 2. Sidmouth were 62-3 which soon became 62-4 when Jordan Fowler was out for 0. Wesley Holmes joined Munday but batting was not easy and the two of them chipped away at the Thorverton bowling and got a partnership going which took Sidmouth to 152-5 when Munday was out for 40 (which took his seasons runs to 400 - great effort Graham). Rob Fowler joined Holmes with 3 overs left and they managed to get Sidmouth to 180-6. Wes passed his fifty in the 44th over, finishing on 53 not out with Fowler 9 not out.
Sidmouth took the field with belief and opened the bowling with Wes Holmes and Jash Patidar who both bowled with good pace and composure - but the lack of early wickets was a worry. The score board was moving slowly after 10 overs and Thorverton were 29 without loss. Watkins turned to his spinners, Graham Munday at the pavilion end and Jordan Fowler at the river end and the team saw instant success when Munday trapped Thorverton’s opener LBW with the score on 35-1. The pair bowled well in tandem but found it hard going with the Thorverton batsman keeping the board ticking before Jordan Fowler got his first wicket in the match (his 29 for the season is great return for a 15yr old). At drinks Thorverton were 72-2 and Graham Munday bowled out 9 overs 1 wicket for 35 runs Watkins turned to so near so Spar Craig Stephens who did struggle to control and his line and length today as his 4 overs went for 35. Watkins looked around the field to see were he could find as a 6th bowler he came up with Rodney Holmes from the River end.
Rodney sent down a very respectable first over and, with the reintroduction of Jash Patidar the other end, Watkins was trying to get the break through. Rodney's second over produced the reward a rank bad full toss smashed to long on and well caught by his son Wesley. Sidmouth had a glimpse of a chance with Thorverton at 140-3 but only needing 41 more runs to win . Watkins next worry was Patidar who bowled out his 9 overs for 43 runs so now he brought back Wes Holmes from the pavilion end. At the other end Rodders picked up his second wicket, clean bowling the Thorverton batsman but with the score on 161-4 and his five overs bowled Rodders was removed from the attack with figures of 5 overs 2 wickets for 25 and it was left to Wes Holmes and Jordan Fowler to bowl the last 4 overs with Thorverton only needing 20 runs but the Thorverton batsman took a fancy to Wes’s 8th over and with a few byes helping they got over the line with 2 overs to spare.
Wes Holmes bowled a tidy 8 overs for 19 runs and Jordan Fowler finished on 8 overs 1 wicket for 27. As this is our last league match it's possible we could finish 2nd but more realistically 3rd place will be achieved as we do not play next Saturday. Big thanks to umpire Ian French and Scorer Richard Sommers. Thanks also to groundsman Colin and Gill for our teas and all the helpers who have put them out and cleaned up.
A quick review of the season: no one thought we would have done this well as well as our main aim was developing our promising young players. Batting wise we have seen some great performances with Byron Knowles and Dave Watkins getting their first league hundreds. Wesley Holmes, Louis Adey and Jash Patidar made their first fifties veteran and veteran all-rounder Graham Munday passed 400 runs for the season.
Bowling wise Jordan Fowler lead the way with 29 league wickets, Graham Munday took 23 and Luke Raistrick grabbed 10.
A big thank you to all the players who have played this season.