Sidmouth Cricket Club 1st XI triumph over Heathcoat in Devon League final

Sidmouth completed yet another Devon League cricket season as a ‘champion’ club as the 1st XI defeated Heathcoat by 50 runs in the Tier One A final played at the Fortfield.

The match was the final one in what has been an eight-game season for the club, a campaign reduced owing to the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

Sidmouth first topped their group, finishing above Exmouth, Seaton and the Budleigh Salterton.

A win at Plymouth then earnt them the right to stage the final against a Heathcoat side that had won their semi-final the week before against Bradninch.

After winning the toss and batting first, Sidmouth openers Alex Barrow and Josh Bess put on 127 for the first wicket.

Both openers fell in reasonably quick succession; Bess went first, but not before he had scored 55, hitting seven fours and six while Barrow fell for a run-a-ball 70.

Luke Bess made five before he became the third wicket and Byron Knowles soon joined him back in the Fortfield pavilion, bowled for three.

Dylan Hurst joined skipper Zac Bess and the pair saw the Fortfield men past 200 before the skipper fell for a 30-ball 42 with the score then 205-5 after 40 overs.

Thirty-four runs came from the final three overs as Sidmouth closed on 248-6 from their 45 overs with the late runs coming from Dylan Hurst who hit a 46-ball seven boundary 47.

Heathcoat made an excellent start with their skipper and former Sidmouth player Pete Randerson leading from the front.

Indeed, seven overs into their innings, the Mid Devon men had 35 runs on the Fortfield scoreboard.

It was first change Byron Knowles who made the breakthrough, thanks to a Josh Bess catch with Heathcoat 50-1.

A second wicket was snared when Heathcoat were on 73 – Alex Barrow serving up the throw that brought about a run out and then Knowles struck with Barrow holding a catch to reduce Heathcoat to 75-3 after 14.5 overs.

With the score on 106 the big wicket of Randerson was claimed with Zac Bess holding a catch off the bowling of Ollie Pugsley.

Randerson was out for a splendid knock that saw him face 55-balls for his 56, including six fours and three sixes.

The loss of their skipper left the visiting side on 106-4, but then they rallied with a 73-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

However, when Knowles struck again to claim his third wicket with the catch held by Zac Bess, it started a flurry of wickets ending with the final one taken when a Jordan Fowler delivery hit the stumps to bowl Heathcoat out for 198 and leave Sidmouth handsome winners.

Knowles finished with figures of 4-25 from six overs and Fowler’s return was 2-48 from 8.3 overs. Luke Bess with two wickets and Ollie Pugsley with one completed the wicket taking for the home side.

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