Sidmouth Day Game

Imps at Sidmouth 2010

Will Mottram went from zero to hero, as his 12 over opening spell of 5-42 steered the Imps to a narrow 13 run win in a bad-tempered, league-style but ultimately thrilling match.

After being despatched for 59 from five overs on the same strip only 48 hours previously, Motters exploited a new ball, gusty supporting wind, dry run ups and a slightly damp surface to perfection, to enable the Imps to defend a 50 below-par total of 170.

But despite these heroics, which reduced Sidmouth to 21-6, then 69-8, defiant lower-order batting, on a surface which improved as it dried and the ball softened, meant the Imps were forced to work extremely hard for their win.

Sidmouth's recovery was built around an extremely patient knock from 16 year old Chaplin, who batted nearly three hours for an unbeaten 52, and in the process oversaw the addition of 88 runs with his final two partners.

However, the return of leg spinner Chris Davidson finally brought the curtain down, when no. 11 Miles, who had made 24 of the tenth wicket 37, became John Davidson's fifth victim of a busy day. This ensured the Imps recorded their third consecutive win on tour, and their fifth consecutive win over their hosts since 2007.

Despite the Imps' weakened line-up, and the presence of no fewer than three Australians in their own, Sidmouth were not willing to broker the kind of deal at the toss which they had themselves successfully requested two days previously.

Any thought that we might enjoy the usual game of relaxed-but-competitive tour cricket disappeared at this point. However, this situation ultimately rebounded on the home side, as the Imps reversion to a league cricket approach ensured the best players batted and bowled, rather than the game being mixed up in the usual way, and an unlikely win resulted.

From the outset, Devon's opening bowler Josh Bess was distinctly lively, and definately best played from the other end, or a deck chair on the boundary!

Sadly for him, Shears opted for neither of these approaches, and endured a torrid half hour in which he played and missed four times an over, and was hit by the other two!

Needless to say, his duck, which by the end of the day he had talked up to an act of heroism akin to the stand-off at Rorke's Drift, came courtesy of an edge to slip off the slow-medium left armer at the other end!

Smithy survived being properly sconned to make a useful 32, and add 56 with Sammo, who went onto a stroke-filled 52, before throwing his wicket away in the style of Kevin Pietersen at his most frustrating!

Thommo made a measured 30, but no-one else really hung around, as Miles picked up 3-19 and Kent 3-40, including two late lbw's from a lunch-ready JD!

On the day their 1st XI managed 88 against Pakistan, the three Sidmouth Aussies managed two between them, as four catches from Sammo, including a brilliant one handed diving effort, helped Motters see off the top order.

Nellie also bowled two tidy spells, to return 2-30 from 12, while the two leg spinning K&D Chrisses took 3-43 from a combined 20 overs.

Both Gingells threatened, with 17 and 29 respectively, and when Miles struck a returning Motters into the sea, Sidmouth briefly looked favourites, before the move to all-spin paid instant dividends, as Fudgie won the vital lbw decision in the 54th of 62 scheduled overs.