Lines registers top league score to date and leads Sidmouth II to another win

Picture: Matt Smart

Picture: Matt Smart - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth 2nd XI skipper Dec Lines racked up his highest league score to date when he stroked his way to 132 in what became a comfortable victory for the team at home to Plympton II.

Batting first, Sidmouth lost Tom Moore ion the early exchanges and then Isaac Thomas, who had looked in complete control easing his way top 36 before he was dismissed – his time at the crease seeing him face just 32 balls, hitting three fours and a six.

On a glorious Fortfield track and with the sun beating down, the visiting bowlers began to wilt as Saj Patidar joined Dec Lines and the pair added a half century to the total before Patidar senior was out for a five boundary 34.

His replacement was son Jash Patidar and he helped Lines keep the score board ticking over at a rapid rate. The younger Patidar hit a run-a-bal four boundary 30.

However, the lower middle order lost impetus once Lines was out for his superb 132, an innings that saw him face 103 deliveries, hitting 23 fours and one six.

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The home innings closed at the end of their 45 overs with 290-9 on the Fortfield score board.

Plympton set off as if they were in the mood to chase such a big total. However, Dec Lines held a catch off opener Fionn Wardrop when the score was 32 and it was soon 50-3 with a second wicket for Wardrop and a first for Toby Seldon.

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Thereafter, wickets fell at regular intervals and, at 124-8, the end was nigh. The Plympton tail wagged sufficiently to see them through 40 of their 45 overs.

Fittingly, it was Dec Lines who had the final word when he removed the last visiting batsman with what was the penultimate delivery of the 43rd over to seal his side a 132-run win.

Skipper Lines gave eight different bowlers some action – he was the eighth called into play. The best of the figures were the 3-33 from eight overs for Charlie Dibble.

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