Swing was too much for Sidmouth

SIDMOUTH 3rd XI’s recent revival faltered badly when they failed to gain a single point against their Plymouth counterparts and must re-group to ensure they do not slide back into the relegation spots of the 2nd XI A Division.

They were dismissed for 60 and took only one wicket as Plymouth completed victory in 18 overs.

Sidmouth’s performance was below par before they took to the field, the journey time across the Tamar to Cornwall and Plymouth’s ground in Torpoint being misjudged.

Skipper Mike Dibble’s brother, Charlie, one of the early arrivals, deputised at the toss, and continued the losing run. Sidmouth were inserted on a green pitch, which offered lateral and vertical movement. This, combined with the swing obtained by Dinuka Kuruppu and Harry Barnes, proved too much for Sidmouth’s top order.

There was precious little rub of the green for the visitors, the thick edge Mike Dibble got before the ball hitting his pad failing to prevent him being given out lbw.

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Tom Chaplin struck a fierce drive back at Kuruppu only to see the bowler stick out a hand and catch it.

John Goodwin and Declan Lines had a 20-run stand for the seventh wicket, but that was as good as it got and the former’s 18 was the only double figure score of the innings.

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But, as the innings closed, Dominic Bess looked largely untroubled and Plymouth’s openers too, did not have the problems that afflicted Sidmouth. A couple of floored catches did not help the visitors’ cause. Chaplin held one skied chance off Charlie Dibble for Sidmouth’s only success as Plymouth romped home in 18 overs.

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