Our weekly chat with Sidmouth CC chairman Fionn Wardrop

Sidmouth Cricket Club at The Fortfield

Sidmouth Cricket Club at The Fortfield - Credit: Archant

Here is our regular chat with Sidmouth Cricket Club chairman Fionn Wardrop.

This week we started with playing matters and the chairman’s take on a soggy Saturday that saw 1st and 3rd XIs washed out and the 2nd XI suffer a big blow in their bid to win the C Division East title at the first time of asking.

Fionn said: “The 2nd team’s loss to Kilmington was disappointing and it was a real pity after the glorious summer weather that the biggest game of the year was an abbreviated affair, played in thick drizzle.

“Due credit must be given to Kilmington, who bowled and fielded very well through the worst of it, with their umpire more determined than anyone else to reach the magic 20 over cut-off point. Losing the toss and having an on/off innings made it difficult for us to set a target and we didn’t help ourselves with some daft shots and run outs.

“Kilmington came out swinging to beat the weather and us, with their batsman Josh Short playing some excellent shots on his way to a match-winning unbeaten 66.”

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He continued: “We still have a chance of promotion, but with only one team going up, will need Kilmington to slip up. Given their performance against us, that looks pretty unlikely.

“The 1st and 3rd XIs were both rained off with no play. Both still have a chance of winning their leagues so, hopefully, we will be back to good weather for the rest of the summer!”

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We then turned the spotlight on matters off the pitch.

Fionn said: “Next Friday (August 24), the Red Arrows are in town and the cricket field will be open for parking. The cost will be £10 per car and 50 per cent of the parking fee is being given to the Sidmouth Red Arrows display fund.

“The ground will be open from 4pm and drinks and food will be available via an outdoor bottle bar, our usual bar, a barbecue and a limited indoor menu. Tables inside will only be available by reservation, which should be made directly with Gill Hodge.”

Last, but not least, the chairman said: “We are also looking forward to welcoming Devon and Dorset to The Fortfield for a three-day game which starts on Sunday (August 19). Play is set to start each day at 11am and, as is always the case, folk will be made most welcome if they come along and take in what should be some excellent cricket.”

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