Sidmouth suffer washout – same fate for 2nds while 3rd XI are beaten

 Sidmouth suffer washout – same fate for 2nds while 3rd XI are beaten

Sidmouth’s bid to launch their Premier League campaign with victory was washed out at Heathcoat where, batting first, the Fortfield men had reached 85-1 after 19 overs and one ball.

Alex Barrow was unbeaten on 40, scored from 55 balls, hitting four fours and a six.

Isaac Thomas was the one wicket to fall, caught behind having hit 27 from 50 deliveries and skipper Luke Bess was the other not out batsman with three to his name when rain brought a very premature end to proceedings.

Sidmouth II were also thwarted by the weather in their bid to make a  winning start to their C Division East campaign when their meeting with Exmouth II was washed out at the Fortfield.

Just 36 overs of play were possible during which time Sidmouth had reached 179-7.

Nick Mansfield top scored from the number three berth, hitting 49 from  62 deliveries, his knock including six fours and two sixes. Opener Eliot Rice was the ‘best of the rest’ with a 43-ball five boundary 35 and there was a run-a-ball unbeaten 30 from James Pickard.

Sidmouth III were invited to bat by visiting Uplyme & Lyme Regis and they were bundled out for just 66 in 23 overs.

Opener Tom Clay scored almost two-thirds of the team total! Clay was seventh man out and, when he trooped off having faced 39 deliveries for his 43, the team score was then 62-7!

Just four runs were added and the batting card for Sidmouth showed no fewer than five ducks. Clay apart, there was only one other Sidmouth batsman into double figures and that was Tom Wainwright who faced 31 balls for his 11.

For Uplyme & Lyme Regis, third change Andrew Harrison ended with the impressive figures of 3-7 from four overs. Steve Batey (2-7 from five), Gareth Stoneman (2-8 from six) and Tyler Wellman (2-20 from six), shared the wicket taking duties. A Joe Elsworth throw was responsible for the other wicket which was a run out.

The run chase lasted 15 overs during which time two wickets were lost before the visiting side chalked up a comfortable win.

Steve Batey and Joe Elsworth were the two batsmen to lose their wickets, Batey being caught by Tim Chapman off Will Goodall having scored a 19-ball, four boundary 23 while Elksworth was caught by Louis Adey off the bowling of Matt Crane when on seven. The not out batsmen when the winning line was crossed were Mark Batey (11) and Tyler Wellman (15).

Stephen Birley

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