Sunday, August 31, 2014
Sidmouth were emphatic winners in the final of the Tolchards Devon senior Cup on Sunday to complete a season’s double, writes Stephen Birley.
The cup final was such a one-sided affair that it was over almost before it began!
Skipper Will Murray opted to put Exeter in and then saw Scott Barlow and Daniel Babula tear through the opposition to share all ten wickets and bundle them out for just 37.
That took just over four overs for Sidmouth to reach to add the Tolchards Cup to the Francis Clark Devon league title they landed the week before.
Speaking a couple of days after his side’s Sunday success Murray said: “It was a magnificent effort by the two bowlers. But then, this season has been a campaign where, at one stage or another, everybody in the 1st XI squad has delivered the goods. Yes we have had runs at the top of the order from Josh (Bess) and Liam (Lewis), and Daniel (Babula) has been formidable, but, just6 as Scott Barlow has done this past weekend, everybody has come to the fore at some stage.”
On the Barlow season – the seamer claimed seven for 16 in 7.5 overs in the final – Murray said: “Scott has bowled so well this year, often without any form of good fortune so it was fitting that he should, do what he did in the cup final. He was also pretty unplayable the day before against Heathcoat hen he had a fivefer.”
So what of next season? Murray says; “I think one or two of the players may have other things on next summer and as for me, well I am happy to carry on leading the side as long as they want me to. We are very fortunate at Sidmouth in as much as we have real strength in depth. The fact that the 2nd XI have again won their championship and the thirds have done very well in the 2nd XI B Division, is testimony to the conveyor belt of talent we seem to have at the Fortfield.”
There is one more game to go, that’s Saturday’s home meeting with North Devon. Murray says: “They’ll be wanting to see us out with a defeat of that I have no doubt. I’d like to think we can round off a great season with another champion show.”