Tipton triumph but Sidbury suffer home defeat
- Credit: Phil Wright
Visitors Broadclyst were in early trouble at Tipton St John after deciding to bat first and were quickly reduced to 13-3.
David Urch was caught after the ball from Owen Smith came off the shoulder of his bat and was well caught by Keeper Dave Thayre running backwards.Andy Daldorph cut a ball from David Birch to Phil Tolley at cover, then Smith bowled Walker. Smith claimed his 3rd wicket when Hooper was well caught by John Buckland at silly mid-off. Smith took 3-9 off 7 overs.
A long, but slow partnership of 66 in 19 overs with the batsmen subdued by accurate bowling by Mark Channon and Phil Wright followed. However, another collapse occurred plunging the visitors from 92-4 to 107 all out. Matt Davies was the main destroyer, taking 4-14 with Buckland backing him up with 2-19.
The Tipton openers took different routes, with Phil Tolley patiently picking out singles and Ben Kidson taking 7 boundaries and a six on the way to retiring on 51. Sean Webb took the two wickets to fall, bowling Harri Stone for 4 and namesake Sam for a duck.
With 84 on the board, Phil Tolley retired on 27 leaving Thayre and Davies to knock off the remaining runs, giving Tipton a win by eight wickets.
It was a tougher day at the office for Sidbury in F Division East of the Tolchards DCL, as they suffered a 36-run defeat at home to Cullompton 2nds.
The visitors made a strong start with the bat and reached 57 before a quick burst from Ed Chester and Simon Rowe removed the top three. Chester got his second when he trapped Daniel Smith LBW for 18 and Sidbury were looking good, as Sam Saunders and Oliver Paget also grabbed wickets.
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Cullompton reached 208/9 and Sidbury suffered the worst possible start to their reply, losing Chester for a duck. Mark Bishop (33), Billy Collin (22) and Oliver Paget (40) restored some hope but the Sidbury tail failed to wag and they were all out for 172.
Sidbury host Sampford Peverell & Tiverton 2nds this weekend.