Sidmouth IIIs pair smash record for fourth wicket partnership
- Credit: Archant
Sidmouth duo Graham Munday and Byron Knowles tore up the 2nd XI B Division East record book with a superb stand of 238 runs as Sidmouth III defeated Seaton 2nds by 36 runs at Newton Poppleford.
The evergreen Munday, a regular in the Devon Over-50s team, batting at four, and 16-year-old Knowles, in at five, came together with their side wobbling on 20-3.
However, there was to be no further loss of wickets as the pair fired the ball to all parts of the sun-scorched outfield.
Along the way young Knowles reached his first ever senior half century and then passed the magical milestone of his first senior century and he was unbeaten on 124 at the close having hit 21 fours and one six.
Munday was 93 not out from 116 deliveries with a dozen fours and two sixes as the pair sailed past the previous best in the division for the fourth wicket – ironically scored by a Seaton pair (Turner and Russell) against Sidmouth in 2015!
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The pair’s partnership is also better than the fourth wicket stand in the ‘old’ B Division (before East and West were introduced in 2015) which stands at 205.
Sidmouth III closed on 258-3 and the restricted Seaton to 222-8 to win by 36 runs. Young Knowles completed a fine all-round day – watched by his mother Serena and his guardian Fi, by also claiming a wicket.
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