Sidmouth 2nds see title hopes slip as Exeter II do the double

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Sidmouth II saw their 2nd XI Premier Division title aspirations dealt a serious blow as they succumbed to Exeter II for the second time this season, beaten by four wickets in a rain-affected County Ground contest.

Batting first Sidmouth lost wickets steadily throughout their innings, closing on 197. The only batsmen to defy the Exeter bowlers were Saj Patidar, who continued his good recent run of form in making 59, and Dan Powell who opened and made an accomplished 46.

Several batsmen will have been unhappy in gifting Exeter soft wickets and it took a ninth wicket partnership of 32 between Patidar and Fionn Wardrop (20) to give the score a measure of respectability, albeit one that was 30 to 40 short of a competitive total.

The Sidmouth frustration continued after tea when a good start, wickets for Harrison Jones and Dom Bess leaving Exeter at four runs for two wickets, was followed by the onset of drizzle. Eight overs were lost during two stoppages and Exeter found themselves chasing a revised target of 158. With a very wet ball to contend with Sidmouth could not stop Exeter coasting to victory through runs from Miles Lenygon, Alec Bosomworth and Sam Reddick.

The highlights of Sidmouth’s spell in the field were supplied by Dan Powell who took an exceptional leg side catch to dismiss Lenygon from the bowling of Miles Dalton and bettered this with a leg side stumping to shift Alec Bosomworth from the bowling of Harrison Jones.

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It’s Plymouth II away on Saturday followed by the last home game of the season seven days later with the visit of Bovey Tracy II before the curtain comes down on the season at Chudleigh on August 31.

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