Exmouth beaten in final over at Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 08:39 04 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:39 04 July 2018

Miles Lengyon batting for Exmouth at Sidmouth on Saturday. Ref exsp 27 18TI 6856. Picture: Terry Ife

Miles Lengyon batting for Exmouth at Sidmouth on Saturday. Ref exsp 27 18TI 6856. Picture: Terry Ife

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Exmouth were edged out in the narrowest of fashions, going down to a two wicket defeat at Sidmouth with the home side getting over the finishing line with just three deliveries of the contest remaining and very much thanks to an unbeaten century from their overseas player, Aviwe Mgijima.

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Exmouth lost Sandy Allen without scoring with the total on six before Dan Pyle joined Callum French and they took the score to 40 when Pyle was caught behind for 17 to leave the Maer men 40-2.

The third wicket took the score to 116 when a fine 40-ball, 10 boundary knock of 48 by Miles Lenygon was ended. The total moved onto 173 when the fifth wicket fell, that of Bob Dawson, who was caught for a run-a-ball 23 and it was soon 118-7 with the losses of first Andrew Buzza, without troubling the scorers, and then Peter Turnbull, for four. Billy Rudolph was the eighth Exmouth bat to fall, bowled for two with the score then 207-8.

The ninth wicket was an excellent one as David Lye, who had come in at number six, was joined by Alvin Pollard and the pair took the total to 253, adding 46 for the ninth wicket before the fine knock from Lye came to an end, but not before he had scored 54, from just 50 deliveries, hitting eight fours.

The end came soon after with Alvin Pollard trapped leg before by Charlie Miles for a hard-hitting 23-ball 37 with two fours and three sixes. George Greenway, with two, was the not out batsman as Exmouth closed on 263 with one of their 50 overs remaining.

When the Sidmouth reply was launched, Peter Turnbull and George Greenway bagged early wickets, aided by catches held by Andrew Buzza and Callum French to leave Sidmouth 17-2. The next pairing took the score to 87 when Andrew Buzza claimed a wicket thanks to a Bob Dawson catch. Sidmouth reached 112 when Callum French held a return catch and then it became 117-5 when David Lye won a leg before decision.

The sixth wicket added 37 before David Lye held a catch off French to leave Sidmouth six down and it was soon 171-7and 200-8 with first Billy Rudolph and then Andrew Buzza claiming wickets.

At that stage, Sidmouth, with just two wickets remaining, still needed 54 and the odds clearly favoured the Maer men, but, and crucially for the home side, their overseas player was still there and it was he and number 10 bat Charlie Miles who chipped away at the score to get their side over the line three balls into the final over of the day. That unbroken ninth wicket saw 64 runs added to edge Sidmouth to success.

Andrew Buzza and Callum French were the most successful of the Exmouth bowlers with French claiming 2-31 from a full 10 overs and Buzza taking 2-51 from a five over spell and there were single wickets for George Greenway, David Lye, Callum French and Billy Rudolph.

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