Chester stars as Sidbury win at Kentisbeare

 Chester stars as Sidbury win at Kentisbeare

Sidbury made a powerful start to the new Tolchards Devon League G Division season, recording a 191-run win at Kentisbeare II.

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, Sidbury’s batsmen took to the home bowling – and the small boundary’s – to rack up an imposing total of 373-4 and then they bowled the home side out for 182 to record a  maximum points win to launch the new term.

After being put in, Sidbury lost Ben Pollard for just four runs – the opener falling to a superb diving catch – and Mark Bishop also missed out, in his case dismissed for 22. However, having been 64-2, the next time Sidbury lost a wicket their score had risen to 347 thanks to centuries from Ed Chester and Fave O’Connor – the pair adding 283 for the third wicket.

Chester faced 118 deliveries for his contribution of 174, his time at the wicket seeing him ten fours and no fewer than 18 sixes! O’Connor was even more aggressive for his unbeaten 35 came off only 75 deliveries and he hit 19 fours and three sixes.

Following Chester back to the Kentisbeare pavilion was Billy Collin who was clean bowled by the first delivery he faced.

At the end of the 40th over, trooping off with O’Connor was skipper Alex Paget with four runs to his name and the Sidbury total was that impressive 373-4.

In terms of the home bowling effort, the pick of the returns from the seven bowlers used was the 1-56 from eight overs sent down by Rory Dennis. Zara Maynard (1-19 from two), Phil Chappell (1-58 from six) and Tom Kittow (1-67 from six), were the other successful Kentisbeare bowlers.

When the home side replied their openers safely made it through the first 12 overs to reach 69. However, it was first change Mark Smallacombe who broke the partnership when, in his first over, he knocked over the stumps of Richard Norman, sending the opener back with a 13-boundary 57 to his name. Fellow opener Justin Gillett stuck around and lost two batting partners, Andy Smith, who was caught by Damien Armes off the bowling of Joe Gosse without troubling the scorers and then Peter Kittow, who was sent back by Smallacombe having scored four. Gillett became the fourth home wicket to be lost when he was caught by Dave O’Connor off the bowling of Gosse having scored a dozen boundaries in his 63. Just four runs were added before it was 146-5 with Joe McQueenie caught by Ben Pollard off the bowling of  Chris Fitzhenry, and he too did not trouble the scorers.

Freddie Gillett and Rory Dennis joined forced for Kentisbeare and had added 25 when Dennis (11) was dismissed centurion Chester his first wicket. Chester struck again soon after to send back Tom Kittow for three and Chester claimed his third  wicket, ending the resistance put up by Freddie Gillett who fell for 20 with the Kentisbeare score then 182-8. When Alex Paget trapped his opposite number, Phil Chappell, leg before, that was that for 10-player Kentisbeare for whom the unbeaten batsmen was Zara Maynard (0) and the home side were all out for 182 in 36 overs and one ball.

The Sidbury bowling honours went to Ed Chester who completed a wonderful afternoons work in Mid Devon, returning figures of 3-14 from four overs. In all seven different bowlers were used by Sidbury skipper Alex Paget and the ‘best of the rest’ in terms of figures was the 2-23 from eight overs by Joe Gosse while Mark Smallacombe had figures of 2-53 from six. Paget himself returned figures of 1-10 from 2.1 overs and Chris Fitzhenry (1-6 from five overs) was the other successful bowler.

On Saturday (May 8), Sidbury are in home action when they entertain Alphington & Countess Wear II who had their opening game ruined by the rain with only 8.4 overs of their home match with Exmouth III being possible. Kentisbeare will travel to Woodbury & Newton St Cyres II who lost their owning game, going down by nine wickets at Kilmington II.

Stephen Birley

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