Thomas slams unbeaten double ton as Sidmouth II post 443 for one against Budleigh Salterton

Anthony Griffiths - one of three Sidmouth players to make a century against Budleigh
Anthony Griffiths - one of three Sidmouth players to make a century against Budleigh

RECORD books are going to be consulted over the next few days after Sidmouth II piled up 443 for one against neighbours Budleigh Salterton II in the C Division East.

Issac Thomas thumped 212 not out for Sidmouth in an opening stand of 229 with skipper Anthony Griffiths, who made 101.

When Griffiths got out Robbie Powell joined by Robbie Powell, who reached 102 not out before the overs ran out.

Budleigh were bowled out for 149 in reply – Tom Oxland making 97.

In a bizarre finish to a bizarre game, Budleigh got to 149 for four then lost their last six wickets without scoring a run.

Daley Holmes (4-38) and Max Hancock (3-34) were the bowlers who did the damage.

Following league reorganisation during the winter, it’s hard to know which divisional record has been broken as there have been numerous name changes and reshuffles as a consequence of mergers and geographical adjustments.

In the former C Division East the record team score was 402 for five scored by Clyst Hydon against Uplyme in 2016. The best individual score was Simon Prideaux’s 162 not out for Filleigh at Kentisbeare, also in 2016.

Previous best stands were 168 for the first wicket and 135 for the second.

Going back to the non-regionalised C Division, which ran from 1984-2014, the team total record was Stoke Gabriel’s 2004 benchmark of 339 for two against Heathcoat.

Stoke openers Josh Dowling and Steve Tolley’s put on 269 without loss in the same game.

Axminster pair Joel Seward and John Hurford set a second-wicket best of 224 against Clyst SG in 2013.

Bob Merrifield’s 255 for Clyst St George in 1984 remains the top score in C Division division.

Sidmouth’s total is the joint fourth best since the league began keeping records in 1984. Out in front of them all is Ashburton's 515 for six againt Plymouth CS&R last season. Next in order are Halberton & Sampford Peverell’s 494 for seven against Cullompton (2008), followed by Axminster’s 444 for four against Ivybridge in 2006.

Sidmouth share with Yelverton’s 443 for four against Buckland in 2016, but lost fewer wickets.