Sidmouth crush Brixham to claim Premier crown but double bid goes on hold
SIDMOUTH will have to wait another week for a crack at the Devon double as today's Euro Shopper Devon Cup final has been postponed.
The new Premier Division champions - they defeated Brixham by a whopping 238 runs yesterday to clinch the title - were due to face Exeter at Tavistock today in the 40-over Euro Shopper Devon Cup final.
Yesterday's Devon League B Division game between Tavistock and Ivybridge failed to go the distance due to bad weather - and an early decision was made to delay the final.
'Parts of the ground were under water so there was no prospect at all of playing the final,' said Devon League chairman Stuart Munday.
Weather permitting the two sides will meet at the Ring a week today (1.00 pm) to play the final.
Sidmouth were always red-hot favourites to get the win they needed at relegated Brixham to clinch their sixth Premier title in eight years.
In-form opener Liam Lewis followed up the 91 he made against Plymouth last Saturday with an unbeaten 124 in Sidmouth's 50-over total of 277 for eight.
Amazingly, there were no stands of 50 or more involving Lewis, although there was one of 49 for the third wicket with Harvey Sargent.
Matt Cooke made 23, Henry Gater 29 and Rob Powell 20 not out in a rare outing for the 1st XI as wicket-keeping cover.
Matt Parsons with two for 39 from seven overs was the most effective of the Brixham bowlers.
Brixham were soon in trouble against Sidmouth paceman Zak Bess and when Jake Lawrence was bowled for a 22-ball duck they were 10 for three.
Corné Dry was the only batter to make it into double figures as Brixham were skittled out for just 39 in 22.1 overs.
Charlie Miles (4-6) and Will Murray (2-8) dispatched the lower order efficiently as Brixham's last six wickets went for seven runs on the way to 39 all out.
Heathcoat surrendered second place in the table when their game against Cornwood was rained off before the end of the first innings.
Exeter are up to second after they increased the pressure on Bovey Tracey, who are hovering seven points above the relegation places after losing by one wicket under Duckworth-Lewis rules on the County Ground.
Bovey were bowled out for 126 with no one making more than Tom Andrew, who went in at 84 for seven and reached 26 not out.
Bovey skipper Sam Hickinbottom is well aware his side are in a scrap to survive and they fought tooth and nail.
Openers Rob Holman (27) and Blake Reed (21) appeared to point Exeter in the right direction, but four wickets went for two runs added as Toby Codd (2-11) and Hugo Whitlock (2-22) reduced the city side to 54 for four.
Alfonso Thomas made 15, which might not seem many but was critical in a low-scoring game.
After a break for rain Exeter were presented with a revised target of 115 and crawled over the line with last pair Ben Sapiecha (12no) and James Taylor at the crease.
In the logjam at the bottom of the table Cornwood (165pts), Plymouth (171), who were rained off against North Devon and Bovey Tracey (172) are all living dangerously.
Even Torquay (182pts), whose game against Exmouth was a weather casualty, are not entirely out of danger.