Watkins maiden league ton and Knowles ‘fivefer’ helps Sidmouth III to Thorverton win

Craig Stephens batting for Sidmouth at home to Seaton. Ref shsp 25 17TI 4839. Picture: Terry Ife

Craig Stephens batting for Sidmouth at home to Seaton. Ref shsp 25 17TI 4839. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth III chalked up a fifth win of the 2nd XI B Division East season with a 32-run win over Thorverton.

It was another terrific day for teenager Byron Knowles who followed up his maiden century seven days before with a half century and a ‘fivefer’, but the undoubted ‘star’ of this particular show was skipper Dave Watkins who recorded his first league century, top scoring with 118 in his sides 268-7. The Watkins contribution came from 120 deliveries and he hit 11 fours.

The Knowles knock of 58 came from 49 balls with seven fours and the other major contribution was the 35-ball 34 with five fours from Graham Munday.

Watkins and Jordan Fowler (12) put on 66 fir the first wicket and then Knowles and Watkins added 95 for the third wicket and Watkins and Munday put on 69 for the fourth.

When Thorverton batted, they too had just three major contributions as they were

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The bowling hours were bowled out for 236 in 41.1 overs. The Sidmouth bowling honours went to young Knowles who sent down eight overs and returned figures of 5-24. The Knowles ‘fivefer’ was made up of two clean bowled and three caught – one by Munday and one by glovesman Tom Clay and a smart return catch he held himself!

Fowler sent down an impressive full shift of nine overs (2-27) and the other wicket takers were Munday (2-48 from 6.1 overs) and Wes Holmes (1-35).

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Sidmouth III are without a game this coming Saturday as the section has an odd-number of teams following the pre-season withdrawal of Exmouth III and so it’s the team’s turn to be the side to miss out on a game.

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