Marvellous Mgijima as Sidmouth win last over thriller against Exmouth

Sidmouth spinner Aviwe Mgijima in action during the win over Exeter. Picture GERRY HUNT

Sidmouth spinner Aviwe Mgijima in action during the win over Exeter. Picture GERRY HUNT - Credit: Archant

South African Aviwe Mgijima was the star act as Sidmouth secured a two wicket win over Exmouth at the Fortfield.

After Exmouth won the toss and opted to bat, Mgijima took the first wicket and went on to claim four for 39 from weight overs as the visitors were bowled out for 263 in 49 overs and then he hit an unbeaten 104 from the number four berth as Sidmouth got home with two wickets and just three balls to spare. Mind you, it is also most worthy of mention, the part played by number 10 bat Charlie Miles, who joined the South African with the Fortfield men 200-8, but the pair added 64 for the unbroken ninth wicket to see their side home.

After Mgijima had sent back opener Sandy Allen without scoring, Robbie Powell held a catch behind off Zach Bess to leave Exmouth 40-2.

The third wicket took the score to 116 when a Henry Gater catch off Scott Barlow saw and end to a fine 40-ball, 10 boundary knock of 48 by Miles Lenygon. The total moved onto 173 when the fifth wicket fell, that of Bob Dawson, who was caught by Dec Lines off Will Murray for a run-a-ball 23 and it was soon 118-7 with the losses of first Andrew Buzza, caught and bowled by Mgijima without troubling the scorers and then Peter Turnbull was bowled by Mgijima for four.

Billy Rudolph was the eighth Exmouth bat to fall, bowled by Scott Barlow for two with the score then 207-8.

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The ninth wicket saw Exmouth rally to take the total to 253-9 when a fine innings from number six bat David Lye came to and end, but not before he had scored 54, from just 50 deliveries, hitting eight fours before being caught by Zach Bess to give Mgijima his fourth wicket.

The end came soon after with Alvin Pollard trapped leg before by Charlie Miles for a hard-hitting 23-ball 37 with two fours and three sixes.

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George Greenway, with two, was the not out batsman as Exmouth closed on 263 with one of their 50 overs remaining. Mgijima returned the best figures, 4-39 from eight and there were two wicket hauls for Scott Barlow, 2-41 from nine and Charlie Miles, 2-56 from 10 overs.

The other wickets fell to Zach Bess (1-33 from eight) and Will Murray (1-59 from 10). Elliott Rice and Dec Lines launched the run chase, but both were back in the Fortfield pavilion with just 17 runs on the board, Rice caught for 10 and Lines caught for two.

Zach Bess joined skipper Luke Bess, and they took the total to 87 when Zach Bess was caught for a 39-ball four boundary 31.

The next man in was Aviwe Mgijima and he and the skipper took the run chase to 112 when Bess fell for a 47-ball, seven boundary 44. Just five runs were added when Henry Gater became the fifth man out with the score on 117. Scott Barlow (15) helped Mgijima add 37 for the sixth wicket and 17 runs later Robbie Powell fell for eight to leave Sidmouth 171-7. Will Murray joined Mgijima and they took the total to 200 when Murray was dismissed for 10. That brought number 10 bat Charlie Miles to the wicket, but there was to be no more success for the visiting bowlers as Miles faced 26 balls and was still there at the end on 18 with Mgijima taking the honours with his wonderful 93-ball unbeaten 104, hitting 11 fours and one six as Sidmouth sealed success halfway through the 50th and final over.

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