Tasker puts Sidbury team mates to the sword at Seaton
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Sidbury made the short trip across East Devon to meet a Seaton Sunday XI.
The Sidbury side does not play league cricket and have managed to recruit a number of new players in recent seasons, players who are keen to get involved in cricket but unable, for a variety of reasons to make that regular commitment that league cricket requires.
A strong team journeyed to Seaton and, to balance out the sides, one of the Sidbury players joined ranks with the home side.
A 35-over game was played with Sidbury first to bat.
They lost a couple of early wickets, both falling to the home sides left arm seamer, Max Peacock, son of Sidbury player Steve!
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This brought Ed Smith to the wicket who quickly showed his pedigree, stroking the ball to all parts of the ground. After compiling a quick 50 he retired and Sidbury, with further solid contributions from Phil Grove, Josh Reed and Simon Rowe, closed their innings on 195.
Seaton, with loaned Sidbury batsman Rob Tasker, got off Tasker joined the action at the loss of the first wicket and got off the mark with a crisp boundary.
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Sidburys bowlers kept good line and length, but Tasker, a capable batsmen at minor counties level, never mind on the local circuit, struck the ball cleanly and punished any ball that had any width about it.
He didn’t have it all his own way and Alex Paget, a formidable cricket himself, provided Tasker with a stiff test for a number of overs.
Taskers innings included five successive sixes, but the sixth ball could not find the boundary – it did realise two runs – and the chance of a Sidbury six-sixes-from-six-balls was lost!
Tasker eventually retired with 130 to his name and his contribution set the game up for a classic close finish.
Rob retired after amassing an impressive 130, setting the game up for tight finish.
The Sidbury bowlers proved a good match for the home side and it was they who won the day with Sidbury winning by a margin of 12 runs.
Sidbury are in action on Saturday (May 23) when they entertain Withy Dads with a 2pm start.