Sidmouth CC: Weekly chat with chairman Wardrop

Sidmouth Cricket Club chairman Fionn Wardrop fielding for the 3rd XI in the meeting with Bradninch I

Sidmouth Cricket Club chairman Fionn Wardrop fielding for the 3rd XI in the meeting with Bradninch II. Picture STEVE BIRLEY - Credit: Archant

Our weekly chat with Sidmouth chairman Fionn Wardrop about all matters at the club.

We started by asking Fionn how he felt with regard to the very unusual event of all three senior teams losing on the same day?

He replied: "I really can't remember the last time all three teams lost on the same day.

"That said, as a club we were up against three very good teams on a weekend where our availability was at its worst, so there's no shame in it.

"However, we must ensure that we pick up this weekend and our first team, in particular, need a win as they have had successive defeats."

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We then asked about the availability issues - the Fortfield men still managed to field three senior teams despite having no fewer than 12 regular players unavailable for a variety of reasons. He said: "Yes, the timing of so many being unavailable was lousy, but we have suffered availability issues throughout this season and that has hurt us."

He continued: "It was a great effort from Saj [Patidar] in particular, to put three full teams out last Saturday.

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"Josh Reed and Chris Fitzhenry of Sidbury did us a big favour by stepping in, as did Kenny Clay from Newton Poppleford."

Wardrop played in the third XI games which also included U14 player Ben Fisher, who certainly did not look out of place in senior cricket.

The Sidmouth chairman said: "Young Ben has been wanting to play for several years now!

"He is already a good cricketer and will be one to watch when the inevitable growth spurt arrives!"

? Sidmouth's three teams are all in action tomorrow (Saturday) with the 1st XI travelling to Torquay looking to avoid a third successive defeat - and also avenge a home defeat to Torquay when the sides met at the Fortfield in early June - Torquay winning by five wickets.

Sidmouth 2nds have a home game with Exeter 2nds that, owing to Folk Week, will be played at Newton Poppleford and Sidmouth III are in away E Division action at Countess Wear.

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