Sidbury Under-10s win first soft ball game of new season


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Sidbury Under-10s won their opening soft ball game of a new cricket season in a meeting with Budleigh.

Sidbury went in to bat first having to call in the 11th man Harry Wood from a rugby game.

Ellie Wood and Cleo Turley faced the first balls of the season and despite a couple of early wickets settled themselves down and started hitting out scoring 22 including four fours.

Next up Esme Bagwell and Lucy Tanner faced some great bowling from Budleigh that kept them to 11 runs.

Wood and Ellie Monro Higgs stepped up and Wood must have some pent up aggression left from the rugby hitting two sixes and two fours to help the pair to a great 33 runs.

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Newcomers Sid Ridgway and Alex Williams finished up the Sidbury runs with a 22-run pairing to bring the total to 88.

After a quick break Budleigh’s first two pairs scored 19 with wickets for Cleo Turley, Bagwell and Tanner, and Ellie Wood keeping the runs to just five from her two overs.

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Monro Higgs and Harry Wood then bowled with the Budleigh pair scoring 25 to bring the total to 44 so it looked safe with four overs and 44 runs to get.

However, Budleigh must have saved their best for last as after three overs including two sixes and three fours they had scored 30 runs - just 14 to get in the last over.

Alex Williams had the last over to bowl and despite a couple of wides kept the bowling tight to give them just 10 runs - Sidbury had won by four runs.

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