Sidbury defeat Seaton in Sunday meeting
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Sidbury’s Millfield cricket ground played host to a pair of matches over the weekend.
First up was the Saturday meeting of the Paget Brothers playing their annual game. On this occasion it was Alex’s XI who took the honours at the end of another closely contested match.
The following day Sidbury entertained Seaton and, after narrowly beating them earlier in the season away from home, were looking forward to the return fixture and completing a double over the Tolchards Devon League C Division East club.
Seaton batted first on a flat and slow track and, despite some accurate bowling from openers James Pearse and Barney Stone, the runs started to flow supported by the quick outfield and relatively small boundaries.
Some exceptional fielding from Steve Peacock at gully broke the opening partnership with a fine reaction catch, but Seaton still managed to keep the run rate going at a good rate and they eventually closed on 187 in their allotted 30 overs.
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Seaton accumulating the runs with some determined batting a combination of clean hitting and strong orthodox stroke play especially from the some of the younger Seaton players which was very impressive to watch.
Sidbury made a stunning start to the run chase with Ben Pollard slamming 17 off the opening over. At the other end, Marcus Bennett also looked to be in good form and the pair were together through until Pollard retired with a half century to his name. Next man in was Ed Smith and he kept the tempo of the run chase to such a degree that, with three wickets down and 120 runs on the board, a home victory looked a formality.
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However, Seaton never gave up and a couple of quick wickets started to change the complexion of the game.
Some experienced wily old bowling tied down the batsmen. However, the Sidbury opening bowlers, when tasked with batting, proved just as competent and the impressive James Pearse and the ever-improving Barney Stone stuck the ball to all parts of the Millfield ground to see Sidbury to a win with a couple of overs remaining.
This Saturday Sidbury entertain Tipton St John (2pm).