Another GREAT Friday night at the Kensham Club – shame about the result – but the opposition – Sidmouth U19s – were a fine team and, in Harvey Sargent and Dan Powell – had two of the best U19 cricketers in the county in their ranks.
The scores – Sidmouth batted first and, with their top two in full flow, reached 123-0 after 10 overs. It is therefore much to the credit of the BCC side, skippered by Thom Bunker, that they pulled it back to bowl the visitors out for 177 in one ball shy of 18 overs. Harvey Sargent was the not out batsman on 51 – he’d retired as per competition rules having reached 50 and went back in after the rest of the batters were out, but after adding one more the last man was bowled by Dan Sumner who took an impressive 2-16 in 2.5 overs on debut. However, the most impressive debut came from Toby Dennis who, bowling from the tennis court end, claimed four wickets for just 10 runs, aided by two smart stumpings and a catch by glovesman, skipper Thom Bunker.
Bunker and Rory Thomas – it was his fine boundary catch that ended the innings of Damn Powell for 45 (from 23 balls), but both were back in a busy clubhouse (the support was extraordinary for this game). Thomas fell first, bowled by Henry Gater for 11 and Bunker followed soon after caught for two to leave the chase 24-2. Ryan Shrewsberry was next in – and out – but not before he’d rifled a six on his way to the joint top score for the home side of 12.
Dan Sumner also registered a score of four before he fell and then the wickets tumbled with Henry Lunn (4), Liam Reed (7), Lewis Fountain (11) – (young Fountain had made a superb single stump throw to effect a run out in the Sidmouth innings), Toby Denis (1) and Joe Nisbet one with the injured Will Birley not batting and so, with number nine bat Matt Derham not out 1, the final wicket fell with the score on 77 to leave Bradninch beaten by 100 runs.
Scores: Sidmouth 177 (H Sargent 51no, D Powell 45, T Moore 16; T Dennis 4-10, T Dennis 2-16, M Derham 2-40), Bradninch 77 (R Shrewsberry 12, D Sumner 12, R Thomas 11, L Fountain 11; J Fowler 2-8, H Gater 2-11, J Patidar 2-31.