The magnificent seven! Sidbury Cricket Club girls savour silver success in Devon Super 8 U-15s contest – despite being a player down

Sidbury Cricket Club Under-15 girls returned from a trip to Bovey Tracey for the Devon Super 8 competition with a silver medal.

A long day in South Devon had begun at 9am and did not finish until 8pm.

During their day of action, the Sidbury girls, who, unlike all the other teams with eight players, were only able to field seven.

But undaunted by that, they won two games, tied one and lost one on their way to the silver medal.

In their first game, against hosts club Bovey Tracey, Sidbury restricted them to 66 from their eight overs with wickets claimed by Immy Bagwell, Jess Perry and Lucy Humphries combined with some wonderful fielding from Olivia Morgan.

In the Sidbury reply, Rosie Miller and Lucy Humphries both retired with their wickets intact before Jess Perry saw Sidbury to victory with two overs to spare.

Next up, against tournament favourites Exeter, Sidbury gave as good as they got before being edged out in a contest that many observers regarded as the ‘match of the day’.

Game three was against Paignton who batted first, posting a healthy total of 80.

Charlotte Austen-Rigbys bagged a brace of wickets for Sidbury who then were given a great start by openers Immy Baggwell and Jess Perry, before slipping to 26-4.

The game looked lost, but Ellie Monro Higgs and Lucy Humphries had other ideas – running every ball while also rifling a succession of sixes and fours, taking their team to 80 – matching the Paignton total – with one ball remaining.

Ellie was facing and the pair set off for a run, but a throw saw the stumps broken as Lucy reached her mark and the umpire said ‘‘out’ leaving the match tied.

That meant a podium position for Sidbury depended on the outcome of their final game against Ipplepen.

The opposition batted first and some superb bowling from Charlotte Austen-Rigby (2-12), Olivia Morgan (0-11) and Immy Bagwell (0-11), left Sidbury chasing a target of 61.

With light fading and the very real risk of seeing the match abandoned, Lucy Humphries and Rosie Miller put bat to ball with great effect.

Fours were struck at will before Lucy retired and that Ellie Monro Higgs to come in and finish the game with another four to seal a Sidbury success with three overs to spare.

When the final totals were all added up, Exeter took gold, but Sidbury finished as runners-up to take home silver.

Their achievement made all the more impressive as they played the day with seven, one less than all the other teams.

Lucy Humphries, who was listed in the Tournament Top Ten for batting, was named the Sidbury ‘Player of the Tournament’.

Rosie Miller and Ellie Monro Higgs both featured in the batting and bowling top 10 and Charlotte Austen-Rigby also made the top 10 bowling list.

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