Sidbury seen home by Paget and Stone
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Sidbury once again welcomed London Sunday League side Not the MCC who make a regular tour of the area at this time of year.
The tourists, staying at nearby Gittisham, pitched up for the contest with one or two of their number looking the worse for year from what was clearly a good night before!
Nonetheless the visiting openers got their side off to an excellent start and, at one stage it seemed as if the home side would be chasing well in excess of 200!
Halfway through their innings the London side were 120-2, but Sidbury kept plugging away and Barney Stone bowled his seven overs, taking a couple of wickets, including that of the MCC skipper. The Stone effort pegged back the flurry of runs and there was a dramatic end to the visitor’s time with the bat as four wickets were taken in five balls!
The spin of Josh Reed, dealt harshly with at times, saw him claim wickets with both the fifth and sixth deliveries of the 33rd over.
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The very next over Dave Higgs ended the long stay at the wicket by the opening batsmen and, with the very next delivery the batsmen attempt a quick single and Olly Paget produced a stunning piece of fielding, knocking over the stumps with a direct throw. The umpire ruled that then batsmen had got home, but the very next Higgs did take the final visiting wicket to leave Sidbury looking for 162 to win the game.
The Sidbury reply was in all sorts of bother wit half the team back in the pavilion and just 55 ob the board! However, Barney Stone, 18 just the week before, was joined at the wicket by Ollie Paget and the pair added a superb 100 to guide their side to a five wicket win.
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Paget registered his first half century of the season whilst Stone was just short of his own 50 when the win was sealed.
Sidbury welcome The Grey’s on Saturday. The visitors, who play in the Brighton and East Sussex area, are regulars to the Sid Valley and the game has a 2pm start.