Knowles efforts take Sidmouth third XI mighty close to sensational victory

Cricket. A view from the score box

Cricket. A view from the score box - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth III were edged out by a margin of just three runs in their 2nd XI B Division East meeting with Seaton II in a thrilling encounter at Newton Poppleford. Seaton batted first and were restricted to 210-9 in their 45 overs.

All six of the Sidmouth bowlers used claimed a wicket with Graham Munday taking the honours with 3-38 from a full shift of nine overs. Wesley Holmes took 2-28 from eight and there were single wickets for Jashan Patidar, Toby Seldon, Byron Knowles and Jordan Fowler.

The run chase suffered the loss of an early wicket did not help and the side were four down with 64 runs on the board before a fifth wicket partnership between Munday (43) and Chet Stingfield (45) added a further 90.

However, with two overs to go there were still 30 runs required with young Byron Knowles at the crease.

The teenager launched into the visitor’s penultimate over launching the ball to all parts to wipe 20 runs off the required amount!

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However, to the first ball of the final over, young Knowles went for a quick second with fellow teenager Jordan Fowler and Knowles was adjudged not to have made his ground wand was given ruin out for a magnificent quick-fire 29. The last ball, faced by Toby Seldon saw Sidmouth need three to tie and four to win, but the ball was missed and the Seaton glovesman gleefully removed the bails to stump the batsman and give his side the win.

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