Cricket

Sidmouth began their Fortfield campaign in the Tolchards Devon League with an eight wicket win over Bovey Tracey.

Sidbury colts action

Sidbury Under-10s were involved in a thrilling softball meeting with Ottery St Mary, one won by the Otters by a margin of just two runs.

Sidbury Under-10s played their first game of hardball cricket when they played Ottery St Mary at King’s School.

Cricket. A view from the score box

Sidbury, playing away for the third consecutive week, travelled to the Coaver Club, County Hall, Exeter to take on the Geriatrics in a 35-over contest that they won by 85 runs.

Ottery St Mary Under-11 bowler Freddie Eul-Barker took a hat-trick as the Otters defeated visiting Exeter in a Bradleys East Devon Youth League game.

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Ottery St Mary 2nd XI claimed an impressive first victory of the new season when the long trip to West Devon saw an Otters team containing no less than eight teenagers hand out a comprehensive beating to hosts, Hatherleigh, writes Ian Townsend.

Boosted by a sparkling century from teenage prospect Billy Reed, Ottery St Mary first eleven swept aside the challenge of visiting Braunton to register a second successive victory at the outset of their debut season in B Division of the Tolchard’s Devon League, writes Ian Townsend.

A first home outing of the season for Ottery third eleven saw them to a 44 run win over Topsham St James seconds, writes Kit Richards.

Newton Poppleford were handsome nine wicket winners when they entertained South Devon-based Marldon.

Tipton St John batsman Dave Alford scores runs against the Ottery St  Mary bowlers and he  passed 2,000 runs for the  club during his innings.

In a game sponsored by local osteopath Chris Dyer (a useful connection for the club’s elderly players!) Tipton St John batted first against a youthful Ottery St Mary team but failed to set them a challenging total.

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Sidmouth and XI defeated North Devon by 22 runs on the Fortfield in what turned into a battle of the former captains, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Cricket. A view from the score box

Sidmouth third eleven ran into former Navy batsman Cliff Dare when they met Shobrooke Park – and came off worst.

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Life in the unfamiliar surroundings of B Division of the Tolchard’s Devon League began in encouraging fashion for Ottery St Mary 1st XI as the newly promoted Salston Field side claimed a narrow but hugely satisfying victory from the short trip to well-fancied local rivals, Thorverton, writes Ian Townsend.

Exmouth CC Pavilion

Devon have made two changes – one of them enforced – for Sunday’s Unicorns Cup pool one game against Berkshire at Exmouth, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Tipton St John batsman Phil Tolley hit out

Warm summer weather and views over Haytor on Dartmoor greeted Tipton at Stokeinteignhead for a game that the visiting side eventually won by 31 runs, writes Phil Wright.

The Ottery St Mary Under-11 team

Ottery St Mary Cricket Club Under-11s got their season underway on Sunday in what was to prove to be a dramatic match played away at Sandford.

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Sidbury were edged out by just three runs after a thrilling match at Seaton.

Sidmouth batsman Luke Bess is pictured playing against Exmouth at the Fortfield on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 5711-20-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.

Sidmouth will be mounting an all-out effort to win the Premier Division title after surrendering it to Torquay last season.

Mark Channon isbowled by Ed House in the Newton Poppleford versus Tipton St John game. Picture: PHIL WRIGHT

Tipton St John made the short trip down the Otter to take on Newton Poppleford on Sunday and the home side ended the day winners by nine wickets with a full 20 overs to spare.

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Sidbury Under-10s won their opening soft ball game of a new cricket season in a meeting with Budleigh.

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Ottery St Mary Cricket Club 1st XI will this weekend embark upon their first ever campaign in the third tier of Tolchards Devon League cricket under new leadership following the close season departure of title-winning skipper, Lewis Townsend, writes Ian Townsend.

Sidmouth wicket keeper Matt Hewer celebrates a wicket against Taunton Deane. Ref shsp 16-17TI 9538. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth beat Taunton Deane by eight wickets in a low-scoring friendly on the Fortfield, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

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Devon youth cricket officials have been given some help by one of their old boys, tracking down former players for a unique reunion.

Dave Alford hits out for Tipton St John in the game against Yarcombe and Stockland

Tipton St John’s matches at Yarcombe and Stockland have normally been high scoring affairs, but not so on Sunday, both teams’ first game of the season, writes Phil Wright.

Devon CCC begin their preparation for the forthcoming cricket season with a high profile game against Somerset 2nd X1 at the Fortfield, Sidmouth, on Sunday (April 9).

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