Pagent impresses on return after absence from the game of cricket

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Sidbury Cricket Club dished up another double helping of action last weekend.

Sidbury Cricket Club dished up another double helping of action last weekend. First up was a 20-over Friday night encounter with Exeter-based Sunset CC.

Sidbury, batting first for the first time this year and getting a respectable 115, several of the top order batsman reaching 25 and retiring including Joe Gosse, Mark Williams and Dave Higgs. The Sidbury innings was rounded off by a nice little cameo from Steve Peacock.

Some tight early bowling from Joe Gosse and Rob Pearce helped built a bit pressure on the visitors. However, Sunset kept wickets in hand and gradually stepped up the run rate. The visitors ultimately claimed victory in the closing over.

Another great evening at the Millfield rounded off with most of the Sidbury players checking out the Branscombe Beer festival.

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On Sunday Sidbury travelled to local rivals Seaton for a 35-over match that was contested in blustery conditions. Sidbury won the toss and elected to bat getting. They were given a solid start as Windy Miller and Alex Pagent quickly raced to 40 with both batsmen looking untroubled at the crease. Once the pair were parted though, other wickets began to fall.

It was Ollie Pagent from the middle-order that gave the innings some added impetus as he scored 20 whilst a number of Sidbury youngsters gained valuable experience out in the middle, striking the ball well. Most got good starts, but were unable to convert them in to larger totals.

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Barney Stone played well and was exceptionally unlucky to be caught by a sensational catch that brought his innings to a premature end and the final total of 116 was considerably fewer that the early innings play had suggested might be on the score board at tea!

Fielding what looked their strongest bowling attack of the season to date with Jackson Chinery and Barney Stone opening, Sidbury were quickly applying early pressure. The openers produced pace and bounce and claimed three wicket between them to put Seaton on the back foot.

Seaton showed their greater experience by adopting a patient approach, seeing off the opening pair. However, next to bowl was Alex Pagent who has been out of the game for a few years, but quickly found his rhythm whilst, for the other end it was left arm seamer James Pearce who kept the pressure on the home side.

Sadly the game was interrupted by rain and, although the players made a couple of attempts to re-start things, the decision was made to stop play.

Both sides get another chance to settle things quite quickly as Seaton play Sidbury in the return fixture at The Millfield in a couple of weeks on Sunday July 7.

Sidbury’s next outing is tonight when they make the short trip to Branscombe.

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