Nick Mansfield scores the runs while David Mansfield ensures that eleven men can bat!

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Sidmouth II were crowned Francis Clark Devon League Premier Division champions after a win over Chudleigh coupled with news of a surprise 10-run defeat for morning leaders Exeter II.

Sidmouth had gone into their final day game at Chudleigh looking to make up an 11-opoint deficit on Exeter who were at Plymouth II.

A warm-up accident left Miles Dalton needing to be taken to Accident and Emergency at Newton Abbot hospital and Fionn Wardrop took him leaving the team to begin the match, batting first, with nine players on duty!

On a difficult wicket to bat on the side slumped to 64-6. Of the top order only Dan Powell managed to record double figures, making a fine 35.

Anthony Dibble and Nick Mansfield dug deep and added 53 for the seventh wicket before Dibble was dismissed for 33.

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Wardrop, back from his transportation duties to the hospital, returned to bat next and he and Mansfield added 44 for the eighth wicket before Wardrop was out. This brought skipper Charlie Dibble to the wicket and he and Mansfield put on 45 for the ninth wicket.

While Mansfield junior was batting his father, David, went to collect Dalton from the hospital and the latter removed sling and strapping to don the pads to be the non-striker for the final delivery as Sidmouth closed on 201-9 and so banked five batting points.

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Mansfield finished unbeaten on 59, a knock that included two huge sixes, the second of which soared past the bowler to bring up the batsman’s half century.

A tight opening 20 overs which saw tidy bowling from Wardrop, Dom Bess, Mansfield and the skipper left the home side labouring at under two-runs per over.

The reply finally floundered on 153-9 with Henry Gater claiming 3-3 and a brace for skipper Dibble helped towards Sidmouth claiming four bowling points.

News then filtered through that Exeter had got it very wrong at Plymouth II and banked just six points which made Sidmouth champions!

Final table: (top four).

Sidmouth 298

Exeter 296

Plymouth 226

Paignton 217

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