Thursday, May 22, 2014
SIDMOUTH have been rocked by a third departure since the start of the season as up-and-coming keeper-batsman Dan Powell has left for Heathcoat, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.
Powell, 17, has followed Dom Bess and cousin Zak out of the Fortfield to pastures new.
Spinner Dom signed for Exeter the week before the league season started with Zak going to the same club two weeks ago.
All three have gone in search of regular 1st XI cricket and a meaningful role in their teams.
Sidmouth skipper Will Murray has been exasperated to lose three promising young players – and hopes Powell will be the last to leave.
Murray said when he heard Powell was leaving he tried to talk him round, but quickly realised it was a waste of time.
“Dan’s mind was already made up and nothing I could say would change it,” said Murray.
“He wants to bat in the top three and keep wicket, which is something we are not able to guarantee and Heathcoat are.”
Murray said Powell would have been offered a run at six had he stayed, but that wasn’t enough of a carrot.
“He has seen the way we have been batting this season and didn’t think he would get in that often or for that long,” said Murray.