Sidmouth presented with trophies at Devon Cricket League awards night

Sidmouth regained the Premier title they last won in 2010 last season. Skipper Charlie Dibble picked

Sidmouth regained the Premier title they last won in 2010 last season. Skipper Charlie Dibble picked up the trophy from league chairman Stuart Munday - Credit: Archant

SIDMOUTH picked up two awards at the Francis Clark Devon Cricket League awards night in Exeter, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

The 2nd XI won their Premier Division by two points in a race to the wire with Exeter.

Matt Hewer led the way with the bat, scoring 706 runs at an average of 54.31, with skipper Charlie Dibble leading the wicket-taking effort with 26 at 13.42 each.

Dibble went along to collect the cup that Sidmouth last won in 2010.

Sidmouth were also voted club of the year by umpires, based on markings over the season. The club last won that award in 2007. Groundsman Colin Whitehall went along to collect the award.

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The presentations took place immediately after the competition’s annual meeting at the Exeter Court Hotel in Kenford.

Player of the year was Trevor Anning, the former Sidmouth fast bowler now with Exmouth, while the young player of the year was Tavistock’s Rhys Davies, who is widely rumoured to be joining Exeter in 2014.

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The annual meeting portion of the evening largely rubber stamped changes to the committee and minor rule changes.

The new secretary is former ECB staff member Ed Leverton, who replaces Geoff Coish following his retirement last year.

Coish was presented with a cricket bat signed by Aussie fast bowling legend Jeff Thompson and the league’s services to cricket trophy in recognition of his 13 years in the post.

A vote on which balls should be used in Premier and A Division 2nd XI games had to be re-run after confusion arose over what clubs were voting for – and whether they needed a vote at all!

Proposals to change the way targets are calculated using run-rate in games delayed by rain were shelved for 12 months.

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