Sidmouth CC - our weekly ‘chat with the chairman’

Cricket. A view from the score box

Cricket. A view from the score box - Credit: Archant

Here is our weekly chat with Sidmouth CC chairman Fionn Wardrop about all things to do with the Fortfield.

First up, we asked Fionn for his thoughts on another superb hat-trick of senior XI success in their respective Tolchards Devon League games.

He said: “Three good wins again and I was delighted to see Luke [Bess] and Aviwe [Mgijima] score centuries for the 1sts.

“Aviwe has been brilliant since he arrived and really mucked in with club life; coaching and training juniors and seniors.

“I know that his run of low scores was bothering him and it was lovely to see him come good with a big ton.”

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Next up he said how impressive the current strength of the club is with the third eleven being able to field the likes of Ben Sapiecha, who joined the club this season from Exeter.

Fionn said: “We were pretty much at full strength last weekend so Ben [Sapiecha], who had missed a couple of weekends, did get a game with the third XI and he did so without complaint and made a good score, so all credit to him.”

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Fionn played in what seemed a thrilling 2nd XI game at Ottery St Mary, so we asked him for his thoughts on that particular game.

He replied saying: “It was a good game against very tough opposition.

“The wicket was difficult to bat on and Ottery’s bowling and fielding was excellent, so we did really well to scrape a result.

“Nick Gingell’s fantastic boundary catch to dismiss their overseas player turned the game for us.”

Next up we asked him about his thoughts that, after seven match days of an 18 match campaign, all three Sidmouth XIs top their respective tables.

He said: “Yes, it is certainly good to see all sides at the top of their tables, but we must remain grounded as there’s lots of the season left. We will have a test for the next couple of weeks as we have a number missing for various reasons.”

With Sidmouth Festival on the forthcoming agenda at the Fortfield, Fionn says: “With the Festival on its way, it is that time when we beat the drum about the additional help we always need from our splendid members to help with various tasks and I know that Mike Dibble will welcome all volunteers!”

Fionn then turned his attention to a special forthcoming event, something he explained saying: “We will be having a lunch to remember Johnny Palmer before our game with Warwickshire Imps on Sunday, July 29.

“Any cricketing friends of Johnny who wish to attend are welcome to reserve a place by emailing me at”

Last, but most certainly not least for this week, the Sidmouth chairman told us of a very special arrival at the Fortfield this week: “Dom Bess has very kindly presented to the club his England Test shirt from his appearance at Lord’s. We were delighted to receive it and will have it framed and proudly hung in the pavilion soon.”

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