Isherwood holds his nerve as Sidbury Under-10 softball team win at Sampford Peverell

Sidbury Under-10 softball team were 10-run winners when they travelled to Mid Devon to take on Sampford Peverell.

With the threat of rain hovering all around, Sidbury opted to bat first and Alec Bagwell and Josh John-Ringe gave them a solid start, scoring 10 runs off their four overs followed by 11 from Esme Bagwell and Ellie Wood.

The rate of scoring was then lowered by some direct and accurate home bowling on a large pitch.

Despite the distance to the boundary both Lucy Tanner and Herbie Isherwood managed to have fours recorded in the scorebook.

The final total of 248 was probably a par score and so it would require some disciplined bowling to see Sidbury to victory.

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The Sampford batters looked confident, but so too did Sidbury bowlers Josh John-Ringe, Alec Bagwell and Cleo Turley, who each managed to claim wickets to leave the home side on 237 with four overs remaining.

That became 244 with two overs to be bowled and just four runs required for a home victory!

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However, the ball was handed to Charlie Turley who delivered a superb over during which he knocked the stumps over twice and conceded just two runs.

That left the Sampford Peverell reply on 236 and now they needed 12 runs from the final over.

Herbie Isherwood began nervously with a three wides and a couple of singles and it all came down to the last ball of the contest with the home side needing a four to win.

A nice clean delivery from young Isherwood was driven back over the bowlers head, but great fielding kept the batsmen to two and that meant a two run success for Sidbury.

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