Back on track
COMPLACENCY must be guarded against if Sidmouth are to get their campaign in the premier division of the Francis Clark Devon League back on track at home to Torquay tomorrow.
COMPLACENCY must be guarded against if Sidmouth are to get their campaign in the premier division of the Francis Clark Devon League back on track at home to Torquay tomorrow.Torquay, who lost key members of their squad over the winter, have been touted as the division's whipping boys, but after a drubbing last week by another of the teams considered to be relegation candidates, Sidmouth cannot go into the game expecting things to be easy.Plymouth were promoted to the premier division as distant runners up to Sidmouth last season, but there must have been doubts among the spectators at Peverell Park as to who came up as champions when Sidmouth were shot out for 55 in 27 overs.There was a glimmer of hope when Scott Barlow removed a Plymouth opener with the first ball of his spell, but it was soon extinguished as the city side went on to win by eight wickets in 15 overs. Louis Talay took his first league wicket of the season, but by then Plymouth had tied the scores.Sidmouth's two main run sources, Anthony Griffiths and Neil Hancock, opened the visitors' innings and, with the new ball always likely to create problems, this high risk strategy backfired as both went cheaply.Trent Ovens provided most resistance but fell for a top score of 12 and was one of six scalps for Plymouth's experienced and potent seamer, Dave Burke, who conceded 23 runs.Conditions at the Fort Field were also seamer-friendly, but Sidmouth 2nd XI's batsmen overcame them to post a total of 231-4. It featured quality innings from James Macey, Sam Richardson and Graham Bess, the former two both completing half centuries. Richardson and Bess, who made 38, shared a fifth wicket stand of 91 in 13 overs.Plymouth were grateful to salvage a losing draw by scrambling to two thirds of the Sidmouth total, although some scruffy work in the field from the home side helped their cause as they reached 158-9. Mark Jasper exploited the conditions well to take 3-35 and Bess turned in a tidy spell. The reliable spin of Charlie Dibble took two wickets and two Plymouth batsmen chanced a run to him fielding on the leg side, perishing as a result of his unerring arm.There is a blank Saturday for the 2nd XI tomorrow, their scheduled game at Torquay slipping off the fixture list when the hosts acknowledged the weakening of their squad by dropping to compete in the bottom division.l For the second week in succession Sidmouth's Sunday side pulled victory from the gaping jaws of defeat against Wellington.Chasing Sidmouth's total of 178-6, Wellington had all but coasted home with the score at 170-1 with two overs to go. The opening stand had been worth 137 until Will Murray struck.Talay and Matt Cooke then bowled some economical spin, but the result still looked a formality until Cooke sent down the penultimate over and took two wickets at a cost of two runs.With the second ball of the final over, Nick Gingell had Mark Daniel caught behind by Martyn Dean for 84. With the new batsmen having little time to accustom themselves to the surroundings, Wellington ended marooned on 176-4.The visitors to the Fort Field on Sunday are Devon Over-50s.