Cricket: Gater and Barrow half-centuries see Sidmouth to County Ground success against Exeter

Sidmouth Cricket Club 1st XI were 56-run winners when they visited the County Ground home of Exeter for their latest Tolchards Devon League top-flight game.

The match was a significant one for one of the club’s younger players with Jash Patidar marking his first start in the senior XI by being given the new ball.

He promptly claimed a huge scalp – removing Somerset and England Under-19 player Ben Green for four.

All that came in the post-tea session for Sidmouth skipper Nick Gingell had lost the toss and been asked to bat first by his opposite number.

The Sidmouth innings was based on two splendid half centuries.

Opener Alex Barrow hit an 80-ball 50, but the real impetus of the innings came from number six bat Henry Gater, who hit a run-a-ball 65, slamming seven fours and three sixes.

The home side also ‘gifted’ Sidmouth a half-century of extras.

Out of 51 extras in total, there were no fewer than 30 wides sent down by the Exeter bowlers. That all played a part in what was ultimately an all-out total of 244 for Sidmouth.

When Exeter began their reply, they were hit by that early Patidar strike and wickets then fell at regular intervals with the final one being taken when the reply was on 188, two balls into the 44th over of the contest.

Charlie Miles finished with the pick of then bowling returns; his being 2-24 from 8.2 overs, while fellow spinner Max Hancock’s return was 2-30 from eight overs and young Patidar’s first effort in the club’s senior XI was an impressive 2-44 from nine overs.

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