Sidmouth skipper Murray plays down signifcance of his side’s clash with Exmouth

08:58 13 June 2014

Sidmouth batsman Josh Bess at the crease against Exeter. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref shsp 0737-23-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Sidmouth batsman Josh Bess at the crease against Exeter. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref shsp 0737-23-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Archant

SIDMOUTH skipper Will Murray is playing down the significance of tomorrow’s top-of-the-table clash on the Fortfield with arch rivals Exmouth, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Defending champions Exmouth were top of the table prior to last Saturday, when they lost heavily to Exeter.

Sidmouth shot past Exomouth into top spot on the strength of an 80-run win at Plymouth, who were unbeaten before running into Murray’s men.

Victory hoisted Sidmouth 16 points clear of Exmouth at the top of the table – and a win this Saturday could double that advantage.

Murray said Sidmouth had three tough encounters with Exmouth last season and having lost two of them are by no means complacent.

“We beat Exmouth in the first game, but were beaten comprehensively second time and also in the Devon Cup final” said Murray.

“What we don’t want to do is get carried away at this early stage of the season.

“If Exmouth win they are right behind us or even back in front.

“We have to concentrate on winning a big game of cricket, not thinking about what may or may not happen.

“Exeter showed it can be done by putting Exmouth under pressure. We must try to do the same thing.”

Sidmouth had hoped to have fast bowler Adam Dibble available to play, but he is still struggling with a hamstring strain and Somerset won’t release him.

Matt Cooke will continue to deputise in what an unchanged team.

Saturday’s game starts as the earlier time of 11.30am to allow the Devon players in both teams extra time to get to Bury St Edmunds for Sunday’s Unicorns Cup game against Suffolk.

Sidmouth totalled 240 for nine at Plymouth with Will Sobczak top scoring on 60.

It wasn’t Sobczak who hurt Plymouth though, but Scott Barlow with a rapidfire 58 coming in at number eight.

Barlow’s 58 off 29 balls – which included six sixes and two fours – really got Sidmouth motoring. He signalled his intent by hitting the first ball from Sam Stein over the pavilion.

Sobczak finally went on 202 – caught at mid-on off Koopman – but Barlow carried on flogging the bowling until he was last man out in the penultimate over.

Plymouth reached 70 for two in 18 overs with James Toms and Koopman the men out.

The game got away from Plymouth in the time it took them to slip from 93 for four, when Ben Stein went, to 99 for six.

Murray (2-29) got Stein (45) and Dan Babula (2-36) followed up with Jake Luffman and Harry Stephenson in the space of six balls.

Steve Luffman hung around until Bess had him caught behind, then Hooper (24) and Rob Bennett (12) did what they could to salvage a batting bonus point at 150.

Lewis (2-4) broke the stand by bouncing out Hooper, who was caught behind as the last three wickets fell for just nine runs.

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

Yesterday, 21:01
Football generic picture

Sidmouth Raiders Under-12s chalked up a sixth win and consigned Exmouth-based Brixington Blues to a sixth defeat in a fine East Devon derby.

Read more
Yesterday, 21:01
Sidbury at home to Bow. Ref shsp 3018-08-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidbury United will be hoping the weather allows them to see action this weekend when they are involved in the Fresha League Premier Division Match of the Day.

Read more
Yesterday, 21:01
Football generic picture

Sidmouth Warriors Under-11s were victorious by the odd goal in eleven after an amazing Exeter and District Youth League meeting with Central Redstar.

Read more
Yesterday, 21:01
Football generic picture

The second meeting in three weeks between Sidmouth Town Reserves and University fourths ended with the students victorious in a game that the Vikings second string should have won.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 3°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read Sport

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition



Devon's trusted business finder