Sidmouth skipper refusing to concede title after Torquay defeat

Sidmouth's Liam Lewis and Matt Cooke talk tactics. Ref shsp 1610-31-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth's Liam Lewis and Matt Cooke talk tactics. Ref shsp 1610-31-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth skipper Will Murray is not about to conceded the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division title despite his side’s 106-run defeat at table-topping Torquay.

The home side batted first and, boosted by a knock of 74 from Somerset’s Max Waller, were able to close on 212-7 from 48 overs.

Sidmouth, who won the title last year, were bowled out for 106 in the reply with opener Liam Lewis top scoring with an innings of 37 that took him an uncharacteristic 107 minutes and 91 balls to put together!

Torquay are now 28 points clear of second-placed Sidmouth with four games and 80 points to play for.

Murray admits it will be tough retaining the title, but he won’t give up until it can’t be done.

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“I think the momentum is with Torquay now and it will be difficult for anyone to catch them if they keep winning,” said Murray.

“Torquay still have Exmouth and Bovey Tracey to play though, neither of which will be easy for them. We will keep going and see where it takes us.”

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Murray said Sidmouth had enjoyed some good fortune this season, but their luck ran out at Torquay.

He said: “Not for the first time this season we were four down for less than 40, but unlike other times we didn’t find a way to win. Against Exeter and Exmouth we played get-out-of-jail cards, but must have used them all up now.”

Torquay weren’t in great shape at 37 for three after Murray had nipped out openers Mitch Pugh and Justin Yau (21), followed by Scott Barlow removing Matt Thompson for one. However they recovered to post a competitive total.

Once again Sidmouth made a horrible start, losing four wickets for just 36.

Dan Powell (21) and Lewis gave Sidmouth some hope by putting on 36 before Pugh broke the partnership.

When Lewis was seventh out at 97 the writing was on the wall and the final three wickets fell for the addition of just nine runs.

Torquay skipper Jason Yau said: “It was a great performance and to beat such a good side so convincingly bodes well for our last few games.”

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