Cricket

Dan Takle hit a half century and both Katie Donovan and Will Furness bagged a brace of wickets as Clyst St George II beat visiting Bradninch II by 15 runs.

Topsham St James 2nd XI fielded four 14- and 15-year-olds, plus the slightly older Louie Ferraro for their latest Devon League outing, a meeting with Woodbury & Newton St Cyres 2nd XI that was played at Feniton, writes Mike Tracey.

Exmouth suffered a four wicket defeat in their home meeting with Sidmouth.

Budleigh won a thrilling contest at the Court Lane home of Seaton where they departed with a two wicket success, sealed with just 16 balls to spare.

Saturday sees the start of August and it is also matchday two of the 2020 Devon Cricket League competition.

Exmouth made a winning start to their bid for Covid Cup glory with a 49-run win at Cullompton on match night one of the six-match schedule in this competition.

Devon have fixed up three 50-over games – two of them at Sidmouth – and a T20 away day against Dorset – to put county cricket back on the fixture list, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

With heavy rain all morning and dark clouds still looming overhead, it was in hope rather than expectation that both Topsham James 1st XI and Budleigh Salterton 2nd XI arrived at the picturesque Kenn Cricket Ground for the first league game of the season, writes Jonathan Sapwell.

A strong Sidbury XI was far too good for a young and inexperienced Topsham St James outfit, writes Mike Tracey.

Sidbury powered to an eight-wicket success over visiting Topsham St James in their opening Tier Eight, East East Five match of the new Tolchards Devon League season.

The break between cricket season’s, certainly in terms of Devon League action, is usually one of around 35 weeks between the last league game of one season and the first of the next.

Cricket lovers the length and breadth of the area will have viewed the weather forecast with horror that rain looks set to play a part in proceedings on matchday one of a greatly shortened Devon League season.

Exmouth head for Ottermouth to take on Budleigh in what will be an intriguing local derby contest as both teams launch their new Devon League campaigns.

An Exmouth XI brushed aside visiting Clyst Hydon, defeating the villagers by 61-runs in a 35-over game that acted as warm-up for both clubs ahead of this coming Saturday’s launch of the Devon Cricket League.

The first set of fixtures have been published for the new cricket competition that begins next Saturday (July 25).

Local cricket clubs now know who they will face in the 2020 Devon Cricket League competition.

Exmouth are fielding a team in a midweek T20 competition with three other clubs.

With no competitive cricket still being played we continue our on-going look back at previous matchdays in the Tolchards Devon League.

The East Devon Youth League is encouraging clubs to fulfil as many of their remaining games as they can, even though there is no league this season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Clubs in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League will be told next Monday (July 20) what their fixtures will be in the mini-division programme planned for the cut-down season, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Last Saturday saw a number of East Devon-based cricket teams take to the pitch for the first time this season, albeit three full months after the weekend when they should all have begun playing.

Packed playing calendars and the onset of social distancing means England’s World Cup winning squad are unable to toast the anniversary of last year’s unforgettable Lord’s victory in person, but captain Eoin Morgan plans to get the gang back together sooner rather than later.

Sidmouth players from across the generations have been remembering long-serving clubman Alan Marsh, who has died aged 85, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

East Devon-based cricket clubs will no doubt be waiting in anticipation for news to come from the Devon League with regard to what remains of the 2020 cricket season.

There will be cricket played locally this coming weekend (July 11 / 12) following news that cricket – albeit observing some strict guidelines – makes a welcome return!

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