Wicket taking crucial
WICKET-TAKING could be crucial in deciding who goes forward from the East Devon Indoor League to the county finals so Sidmouth were pleased to take all six against Newton St Cyres while rivals Clyst Hydon could take only three against Ottery St Mary, writes John Goodwin.
Batting first, Sidmouth had posted 177 with Anthony Griffiths twice retiring as he made 57. Charlie Miles made 37, Anthony Dibble 29 not out and John Goodwin 25 not out. Lee Clayden was run out without facing a ball and Nick Mansfield had 13 to his name when he perished similarly.
He finished up in credit, though, because his three overs cost a mere 12 runs when Newton St Cyres replied with 113. Leading the way for them were openers Rob Ingram and Phil Denham who made 29 and 25 respectively. Dibble took 2-33, Clayden 1-33 and Miles 1-41.
?Clyst Hydon, who like Sidmouth, have lost one game as the qualifying date for the county finals nears, restricted Ottery to 100-3 and then took eight overs to reach victory with two wickets down.
The main contributors for Ottery were George Biggs, with a retirement 25, and Barry Flicker, stumped by Ian Sutton for 22.
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Sutton set the tempo for the reply with 26 and Graham Trude maintained the pace with 27. Flicker’s stumping of Simon Holmes and Paul Milner’s run out for 15 were minor setbacks.
?Big-hitting Richard Arnold plundered 53 not out in 20 balls against Tipton St John. With Julian Page making an unbeaten 50 from the same quota and George Greenaway and James Tapper also getting back in after making retirement 25s, Exmouth totalled 184-3. Steve Shaw emerged from the carnage with 2-28.
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Dickie Dawson claimed a first for the competition when he was given out obstructed the field in Tipton’s reply of 76-4. Tapper enjoyed figures of 1-9 from his three overs.
?Clyst St George reached 129-3 to beat Yarcombe & Stockland by 29 runs.
Thirties from Andy Welsh and guest player James Tapper helped the Clyst cause.
Andy Paulman and James Mitcham hit retirement scores for Yarcombe, the latter going on to make 31 on his return to the crease.