It’s a family affair as Sidmouth thirds bag fine opening victory
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Sidmouth third XI skipper Saj Patidar batted with son Jash – and the pair batted superbly together – as the Fortfield men claimed a Tolchards Devon League C Division East opening day win over Clyst Hydon.
After losing the toss and being a little surprised to be asked to bat, Patidar senior sent his son Jash and Sam Adams out to open the innings and the pair put on 69 before Adams departed for 23.
That brought the skipper to the wicket to join his son and his first five scoring shots were all boundaries as he smashed three sixes and rifled a brace of fours. The Patidars took the total to 113-2 before young Jash was caught and bowled for 51. Alex Raistrick was next man in – and out – scoring five and, when Jordan Fowler was out for 11, he had helped Patidar senior to add 38 for the fourth wicket.
The skipper stayed in charge until he was finally out for a superb 93, having hit nine fours and six sixes with Sidmouth trooping off at tea with a score of 215-6. Josh Reed (1) and Cassia Ashley-Jones (1), were the not out batsmen. The Clyst Hydon reply was dominated by number three Sean Devine, who hit 48, but the only other double figure scores were the 27 from the bat of opener Hefin Wood and 28 extras as the reply floundered on 125 after 35 overs. Six bowlers were used with all but one – opener Lee Clayden (17 from eight) – claiming at least one wicket.
Graham Munday took the honours with figures of 4-4 from three overs, two of which were maidens and there were two wickets each for Tristan Kawalek (2-43 from five) and Jash Patidar (2-19 from seven) while Jordan Fowler (1-21 from eight) and Alex Raistrick (1-21 from four), were the other wicket takers.