Sidbury beaten in 35-over meeting with Newton Poppleford

The Sidbury CC side before their last weekend's meeting with Newton Poppleford.

The Sidbury CC side before their last weekend's meeting with Newton Poppleford. - Credit: Archant

Sidbury, supported by match day sponsors St Johns School, hosted neighbours Newton Poppleford on Sunday afternoon.

The two teams had met earlier in the season in what turned out to be a compelling T20 encounter and both sides had looked forward top his latest meeting.

Newton Poppleford won the toss and elected to bat first in the 35 over game - and they set off like a stream train!

Their openers showing real attacking intent right from the start, chalking up 50 after just five overs and going on to build a very solid platform.

At this early stage it looked like it could be a long afternoon and a huge total to chase, not helped as Sidbury’s opening bowler Jon Miller also pulled up with an injured knee.

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The home side fought back, opting for the spin of Windy Miller, Debutant Dave Pople and Simon Rowe, taking the pace off the ball helped stem the flow of runs, but not before the visitors could rattle up a very competitive total of 234.

Sidbury have been know to chase down large totals, and, with a fast outfield and small boundaries, anything was possible.

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The in-form Alex Paget moved up the order to open and started the innings with a dashing four through square leg and things looked promising.

However, the very next ball was beaten and the loss of this early wicket put the home side on the back foot.

Sidbury continued to punish the bad balls ensuring a healthy run rate, but sadly couldn’t build the partnerships necessary to create momentum.

Solid contributions from Josh Reed 37, Olly Paget 30 and Jon Miller, meant that the home side didn’t capitulate, but never really threatened the visitors total either, falling just under a hundred runs short of the opposition total.

The next action for Sidbury is a Sunday, July 30, meeting with visiting Geriatrics from Exeter.

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