High-scoring win for Sidmouth over Devon

Sidmouth batsman Luke Bess is pictured playing against Exmouth at the Fortfield on Saturday. Photo b

Sidmouth batsman Luke Bess is pictured playing against Exmouth at the Fortfield on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 5731-20-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24. - Credit: Archant

Over 650 runs were scored in a terrific pre-season victory for Sidmouth Cricket Club over their Devon counterparts. 
Sidmouth made a superb start, with opener Alex Barrow piling on an inspired 118 in a total of 355 for seven. Isaac Thomas added 65 and new captain Luke Bess scored 54. 
Despite the ominous target, Devon made a decent start before suffering a serious collapse, with the Sidmouth bowling team reducing the youngsters to 129 for seven. 
To their credit, Devon rallied with a fine unbeaten stand of 178 between James Horler and Sam Read, as they finished 48 runs short of the target. 
Sidmouth can now turn their focus to the opening day of the Premier Division season.     
“It was a good achievement for the club to beat Devon and a good game of cricket, with plenty of runs scored,” said Bess. “Everyone got some of the practise we need in pre-season.  
“We start our season against Tiverton Heathcoat and, while there are a few things different due to Covid restrictions, not much has changed when it gets down to the actual cricket. 
“We all play each other regularly and we know what to expect from Tiverton, and they would say the same about us.” 
For Luke, it is a return to captaincy duties, taking over from his brother Zach. 
“Zach has got a new job, so he won’t be around all season,” added Luke. “The job came my way and obviously something I’ve done before for three seasons, so I do know what to expect. 
“We’ve got a young team this year and I’m happy to help move the team forward.” 
There were more runs at the Fortfield, when Sidmouth’s second-team succumbed to an entertaining defeat at home to Seaton.  
Josh Cann produced a batting masterclass for the visitors, as he reached an unbeaten century with successive sixes. Seaton marched to 163-1 and the momentum continued with a final total of 332-5. 
Sidmouth put together a spirited reply, eventually closing on 225-9 from their 40 overs. 

Sidmouth cricket club's boundary. Ref shs 12-17TI 9208. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth cricket club's boundary. Ref shs 12-17TI 9208. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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