Hurst knock and then some fine bowling sees Sidmouth to success at Seaton

PUBLISHED: 14:01 30 August 2020 | UPDATED: 14:02 30 August 2020

Clyst St George 1st team at home to Honiton 1sts. Ref exsp 24 19TI 6463. Picture: Terry Ife

Clyst St George 1st team at home to Honiton 1sts. Ref exsp 24 19TI 6463. Picture: Terry Ife


Sidmouth ended the six-week long Tolchards Devon League four-team competition as winners of the Tier One Premier East table after a 58 run win at Seaton.

Sidmouth skipper Zac Bess won the toss and opted to bat first and saw opener Nick Mansfield (0) swiftly returned to the Court Lane pavilion and, when Jash Patidar (5) joined him, the Fortfield men were 18-2. Zac Bess (24) was the third man down and, both Byron Knowles (9) and Luke Bess (17) lost their wickets with the score on 63. Cameron Evans-Grainger (5) and Ollie Pugsley (0) both fell on the same score and that left Sidmouth wobbling on 77-7.

A 49-run partnership for the eighth wicket took the team to 126 before Tom Simmons (13) fell and, after Jordan Fowler (7) was dismissed with the score on 135, last pair Dylan Hurst and Toby Seldon(2) added 15 to see Sidmouth to their close of 150 all out in 42.4 overs. Dylan Hurst served up the best of the Sidmouth batting efforts with a 72-ball, six boundary, 44.

The home side found batting just as difficult. Indeed, two wickets for Byron Knowles and one each for Tom Simmons and Toby Seldon, reduced Seaton to 19-4. They battled their way to 46 before Pugsley struck again and the same bowler the picked up a third wicket to reduce the home side to 48-6.

Thirteen runs were added before a Dylan Hurst catch gave Jordan Fowler a wicket and the innings was all over with just 92 on the board with Luke Bess claiming both wickets, leaving Seaton bowled out for 92 in 38.4 overs.

Byron Knowles topped a set of impressive bowling returns with his superb figures of 3-6 from seven overs. All six of the Sidmouth bowlers bagged at least one wicket. Luke Bess finished with figures of 2-5 from 10 deliveries and the other returns were: Ollie Pugsley (2-22 from six overs), Tom Simmons (1-17 from seven), Toby Seldon (1-14 from eight) and Jordan Fowler (1-23 from nine).

Sidmouth’s reward for topping the Premier East table is a Tier One semi-final away at Plymouth with that game being played this coming Saturday (September 5).

The winners of that match will then meet with Heathcoat or Bradninch with then venue for the final to be decided by the drawing of lots.

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