Sidmouth see off Exmouth in top flight game inside two-and-a-half hours!

08:44 20 June 2014

Sidmouth batsman Anthony Griffiths drives the ball towards the pavilion in the game against Exmouth at the Fortfield on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 5432-25-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Order

Sidmouth batsman Anthony Griffiths drives the ball towards the pavilion in the game against Exmouth at the Fortfield on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 5432-25-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Order


Sidmouth took a giant step towards winning the Francis Clark Devon League title when they put rivals Exmouth to the sword.

It was very much a case of into the unusual at Fortfield last Saturday as the game had an earlier than usual start with play underway at 11.30am - the idea being to get the eight players involved in the match who would do duty for Devon at Suffolk in the last eight of the Unicorns Cup – and, as it happened, the octet were on the road far earlier than anyone could have imagined!

Sidmouth skipper Will Murray won the toss and had no hesitation in venting Exmouth to bat first.

Ninety-nine minutes after Murray and his men began their stint with the ball they were trooping off for a mid-day drink with Exmouth bustled out for 62 in exactly 23 overs!

Exmouth would have considered the writing well and truly on the wall when they lost opener Sandy Allen – one of the eight set to travel to East Anglia – to the very first ball of the match. He was caught behind by Anthony Griffiths off the bowling of Josh Bess, one of four wickets to fall to the Devon skipper during his five overs that yielded just 18 runs. Scott Barlow was the other new ball bowler and he claimed a brace of wickets for 18 runs fro a full shift of ten overs. Daniel Babula picked up the other four wickets to fall with his figures being 4-21 in seven overs.

It took Sidmouth just 50 minutes to wrap up victory with the only blemish being the loss of Liam Lewis to the final ball of the second over for a rare failure with the bat this term. Josh Bess and Anthony Giriffiths both contributed knjocks of 29 runs.

The victory gives Sidmouth a 24-point lead at the top of the table with Plymouth sitting second.

What’s more the lead over reigning champions Exmouth is now a whopping 38 points and, although just seven of the 18 match days has now gone and there remains a lot of cricket to be played this term, it looks likely that Sidmouth are already in the driving seat with regard to the destination of this seasons top honour.

Tomorrow (Saturday) Murray and his men entertain a Heathcoat side who are struggling following promotion back to the top flight.

The Mid Devon side sit third bottom having won two and lost four of the six games they have completed this season to date.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

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

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

Sidmouth Under-8s

Sidmouth Under-8s came across a well-drilled Bridport outfit and a sizeable team from Weymouth when they travelled to the former for a series of matches.

Read more
The Peak Hill Challenge and what the cyclists will see on their way to the top!

Sid Valley Cycling Club is preparing for the latest running of their annual Peak Hill Climb, staged in memory of Rodney Pyne.

Read more

Beer Reserves were left to make a 100-mile round trip to Winkleigh with yet another new combination of players with injuries and unavailability’s preventing the team fielding their best 11 players.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:22
20151004 Copyright onEdition 2015©
Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition

Withycombe RFC U12's team at The Land Rover Premiership U11's Rugby Cup, Exeter - Land Rover is a proud supporter of grassroots rugby and a partner of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup for nearly a decade. Land Roverâ We Deal In Realâ campaign aims to champion grassroots rugby on the global stage during Rugby World Cup 2015. Follow @Land RoverRugby #WeDealInReal

For press contacts, contact: Michael White at Fast Track on E: or T: +44 (0)20 7593 5200

If you require a higher resolution image or you have any other onEdition photographic enquiries, please contact onEdition on 0845 900 2 900 or email
This image is copyright onEdition 2015©.
This image has been supplied by onEdition and must be credited onEdition. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not grant

He may have just missed out on the chance of walking out at Twickenham, but Withycombe Rugby Club under-12 skipper Oliver Willis insisted he had still loved every minute of his Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup experience.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:36
Cricket - generic picture

Topsham St James Cricket Club are holding a Quiz Night in the Clubhouse at Bonfire Field, Exeter Road on Thursday, October.

Read more
Mon, 09:53
Honiton runners at the Minster Challenge

Honiton Running Club had a good number of runners at the Minster Challenge seven-and-a-half mile multi-terrain race based in Axminster, writes Judy Davey.

Read more
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Short mat bowls generic picture

If you want to keep fit and be entertained during the darker months ahead, look no further than Ottery St Mary Short Mat Bowling Club, writes Jenny Uren.

Read more
Sunday, October 4, 2015

Ottery St Mary Under-14s were in terrific form as they won 8-3 at St Martins.

Read more
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Gliders were flying all day at Devon & Somerset Gliding Club's Open Weekend

Although the weekend weather was poor, there were good soaring conditions on both Wednesday and Thursday at Devon and Somerset Gliding Club.

Read more
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Action from the Somerset Rebels KO Cup 1st leg match at Rye House Picture: COLIN BURNETT

The ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels are the 2015 Premier League KO Cup Champions, the Rebels beating the Edinburgh Monarchs 92-88 on aggregate, writes Ian Belcher.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 8°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
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Find a job in Sidmouth

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications