Sidmouth’s big influence in Devon Unicorns Trophy success

20:32 04 September 2014

Sidmouth

Sidmouth's Josh Bess receives the Unicorns KO Trophy

Archant

Devon, captained by Sidmouth’s Josh Bess, and including two other Fortfield stars, Liam Lewis and Scott Barlow, won the Minor Counties’ Unicorns’ KO Trophy for a record fifth time last week, beating Oxfordshire in a thrilling final.

The game was played at Wormsley, the Buckinghamshire cricket ground created in the 1970s by Sir John Paul Getty. The American oil tycoon and philanthropist had become a British citizen in middle age and, prompted by Mick Jagger, had fallen in love with cricket and much else traditionally English.

The game was closely fought with Devon finally winning by the narrowest of margins. Devon batted first. Liam Lewis played steadily for 14 with James Burke making 55 and Matt Thompson 45. Scott Barlow featured with Sandy Allen in a vital last wicket partnership of 24 to help Devon close on 203-9 in their 50 overs.

Oxfordshire batted well initially, but their momentum was halted by Scott Barlow who took four vital wickets for 25 runs in mid-innings to reduce Oxfordshire to 95-6. They rallied and in the final stages needed only 50 runs with four wickets in hand. Josh Bess played a captain’s part, bowling eight controlled overs under great pressure for only 19 runs, and was ably assisted by Jamie Overton and James Burke. In a tense finish Oxfordshire reached 196-9 in the final over, falling seven runs short of victory.

It was a wonderful achievement for the Devon team and a great end to the season for the three Sidmouth players who had helped their club to win the Devon Premier League and the Devon Cup, as well!

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Fri, 16:46
Sidmouth Town played Alphington at the weekend. Ref shsp 34-16AW 3975. Picture: Alex Walton.

Sidmouth Town manager Josh Stunell had his misfiring side in for a heart-to-heart last night (Thursday) in a bid to sort out a disappointing start to the new campaign that has seen the Vikings lose three of their first four games.

Read more
Thu, 13:06
Sidmouth Town played Alphington at the weekend. Ref shsp 34-16AW 3986. Picture: Alex Walton.

Sidmouth Town went down to a single goal defeat in their home meeting with Alphington.

Read more
Thu, 13:05
Golf Ball.

On Sunday, Sidmouth Golf Club members played a 36-hole competition for the Scratch and Handicap Cups, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Thu, 13:02
Newton Poppleford sponsor picture

Newton Poppleford have been working hard off the pitch during the summer to bring sponsorship to the club.

Read more
Thu, 13:00
Golf generic picture

Mark Thomas won the Sidmouth Jewellers Friday stableford with the relatively low score of 37 points, reflecting the difficulty of playing conditions, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Thu, 13:00
Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Sidmouth Town Junior Vikings Under-15s are continuing their search for additional players to join them for the new season.

Read more
Thu, 12:59
Sidmouth bowler Kyle Brockley playing against Plymouth at the Fortfield. Ref shsp 33-16SH 5718. Picture: Simon Horn.

Liam Lewis hit an unbeaten century as Sidmouth walloped relegated Brixham by 238 runs to win the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division title with two games to spare, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more
Thu, 12:58
Tipton batsman Phil Wright is bowled

Tipton were completely outplayed in the drizzle by visitors Stokeinteignhead with their only consolation being a great tea was supplied by the ladies from match sponsors Bater’s Removals, writes Phil Wright.

Read more
Thu, 12:57
Sidmouth Town played Alphington at the weekend. Ref shsp 34-16AW 3958. Picture: Alex Walton.

After such a promising pre-season and added quality to the playing staff, Sidmouth’s disappointing start to the season continued with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of an improving Exeter University side on Monday night.

Read more
Thu, 12:53
There were great conditions for sailing races at Sidmouth on Saturday. Ref shsp 30-16SH 2158. Picture: Simon Horn.

Oliver Salter’s recent form continued last Wednesday, writes John Keast.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications