(2) Priscott had spent three minutes under the hour at the crease facing 51 balls hitting 2 fours and a long six into the car park where he should have parked. Murray scored at a run a ball and the splendid Sidmouth tea was eaten in a more relaxed manner than it might have been.
Devon took their first wicket on the penultimate ball of the seventh over when Gough became the first of Marc Bettiss's four victims when he took a neat catch off Murray. Dewhurst, the second opener was next to fall off Parker's first ball when he was brilliantly stumped down the leg side, there are certain advantages to playing age group cricket year in year out with the same keeper. 26-2 became 30-3 as the visitors captain Meeku Patidar making a return to his Devon home was bowled by the Barton allrounder. Twelve runs were added when Priscott moved his long off into a very precise position and Jenner then put the next ball down Murray's throat who did not have to move an inch as he held a good catch. Two wickets fell at 74 and Silva was digging in as Adam Parker took two in two both caught behind. His first victim was the key wicket of the innings as he dismissed Cornwall's Ryan Driver, now teaching in Jersey. On his last visit to the county Driver had taken a ton off the County side at Exmouth in his home counties 419-6. The leg before appeal the next ball received no sympathy from the umpire but Parker should be more than satisfied with his return of 4-33 off ten. Jersey lost two more wickets in reaching 80 as Foan bowled Minty and the retuning Stephen George trapped Gorman in front. Thirty eight annoying runs were added by the last two partnerships as Silva advanced towards a much deserved half century. He was to be sadly left high and dry six runs short after 108 minutes at the crease facing 118 balls with 5 fours. He lost his sides opening bowlers who had given him solid support with Priscott bowling Horton and the sides third left armer Bowser bowling Saralis. All of the home side bowlers bowled telling and economical spells and the keeping and fielding was up to the standards required. The middle order need some time at the crease.
A most useful start to the season, only marred by a parking ticket for the CDO, giving the squad a chance to get together before the season starts in ernest in July. Thank you Jersey and Sidmouth Cricket Club for making it possible.
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