Sargent majors with bat as Sidmouth II openers put Exmouth to the sword

Sidmouth 2nds batsmen Harvey Sargent and Dec Lines at the Maer on Saturday. Ref shsp 30-16SH 3200. P

Sidmouth 2nds batsmen Harvey Sargent and Dec Lines at the Maer on Saturday. Ref shsp 30-16SH 3200. Picture: Simon Horn. - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth IIs powered their way to an emphatic 168-run win over Exmouth II at their Maer ground home.

Indeed such was the Sidmouth side’s dominance that they lost just a single wicket during the 45 overs that Exmouth bowled at them.

Openers Harvey Sargent and Dec Lines put on 204 for the first wicket which fell when Lines was out for 108.

Lines faced 97 balls and hit 17 fours.

Sargent batted through the entire 45 overs and was unbeaten on 141 at the close. In all the teenager had faced 143 balls and he, like Dines, hit 17 fours. Anthony Griffiths was the only other Sidmouth batsman to see action – he was unbeaten on 34 with one four and one six when the innings ended.

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Jack England was the lone wicket taker for Exmouth.

If the Sidmouth front line batters had done their work well then the Sidmouth opening bowlers were clearly keen to show their worth and, as a result, only one of the first seven Exmouth batsmen managed to get into double figures.

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That honour fell to Lawrence Greenway who scored 26. The 8th wicket for the Maer men did add 46 to make the finals core something close to respectable, but with one ball shy of the completion of the 26th over Exmouth were bowled out for 137!

All five of the Sidmouth bowlers bagged at least one wicket. Joe Griffiths claimed 3-34 in eight overs whilst three others; Thomas Simmons (2-19 in five), Nick Mansfield (2-34 in four) and Fionn Wardrop (2-24 in five) bagged a pair each.

Daley Holmes finished things off with the fifth ball of his fourth over to finish with figures of 1-13.

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