Sidmouth Afternoon Game

Fowell-er in Full Flow!

Sidmouth stalwart Andy Griffiths' brilliant unbeaten 99 narrowly failed to prize a home win from the Imps' hands at the end of an exciting match.

Only Chris "Martin" Fowell-er, who finished with 2-22 from eight tidy overs, was able to contain the veteran batsman, as the visitors' attack went to all parts of Devon in a damp final hour.

However, the earlier flurry of runs produced by Dave Smith (53*), the Captain (20) and Cockie (26*), which amounted to 112 in the final ten overs, meant the Imps were just able to defend 265-5, by a nine run margin.

After the captain agreed to bat first in a 40 over contest, against what was described as a weakish Sidmouth side, Motters threw away a maiden Imps ton, by skying to mid-wicket for 57.

Burnie, Shears and Sammo all got past 20, but it took the in-form Dave Smith, plus a brilliant Cockie cameo to boost the total to what was still only a par score, on a flat pitch with an outstanding, but worryingly close sea view!

After one of Sidmouth's Antipodean contingent fell early, the Sobczaks made 35 and 64 respectively to get the chase into gear.

Griff started slowly, but soon picked up the tempo against the medium pacers, as steady rain necessitated the removal of leg spinners Cockcroft and Williamson from the attack.

Youngsters Miles and Baker provided good support, causing the captain to throw the ball to Motters, to ensure matters didn't get out of hand.

As master plan's go, this wasn't the best, as his figures of 5-0-59-0 show! Clearly he isn't a man well-suited to cricket in a wet suit, but thankfully Thommo proved more adept in the conditions, bowling two tidy overs at the death, to ensure the Imps squeezed home.

There aren't many days when the fine entertainment provided by the Griff and Motters combination would be upstaged, however the captain's attempts to calm down an apoplectic home umpire may have managed it! With the scorer's excessively slow response to his signals about to provoke a nuclear outrage, and/or his head to blow off, it's fair to say that a request for him to calm down for the benefit of the other 23 had little effect!