Newton Poppleford Cricket Club


Sidbury v Newton Poppleford Cricket Club NPCC on Sun 16 Jul 2017 at 14.00
Newton Poppleford Cricket Club Won By 101 Runs

Match report Sidbury is known as a slow and low track owing to its position deep in the Sid valley. Although, short boundaries all around the ground can prove easy to exploit as Alex Raistrick proved last year with his unbeaten 134*. On a day when England were hoping for quick wickets in Day 3 of the 2nd Test against South Africa, overcast conditions greeted Poppleford on their travels to the Sidbury ground.

Despite the local weather being changeable and Sidbury being historically a good place for a Newton Poppleford collapse, Skipper Clay ordered Messrs Cox and Anning out to the middle. Cox has found a position at the top of the order as somewhat of a supporting pillar to more aggressive counterparts. Anning was happy to oblige, striking his very first ball for six down to fine leg. The erratic Sidbury bowling lent itself to Anning’s fine striking and he scored at a blistering rate, clattering the Sidbury opener for 22 in an over. Cox continued to play the supportive role and as the two batted on, the sun even came out and batting proved easier. There was little the Sidbury bowling attack could do to stem the flow of runs, apart from the odd pause to find the ball that had been sent crashing into the tree’s which border Sidbury’s pint-sized pitch.

Cox was the first to fall for a 31 ball 28 with the score on 76. This brought Thomas Moore to the crease. The youngster has recently been discovered by the Devon Development Squad, though he hasn’t let this go to his head and continues to walk out to bat for the little village side where it all started for him. Moore picked up the scoring rate and it was Anning’s turn to play the pillar role. Moore has a particular ability to time the ball impeccably and he did this to great effect and the score continued to flow. The two put on 41 runs, pushing the score past 100, before Moore was caught behind for a quick fire 36 from 26.

At 117 for 2, experience in the form of Kenny Clay came to the crease. Sidbury had turned from the pace of their openers to spin and slow bowling in an attempt to curtail the run rate. This did little to stop Anning who proved he was in fine form. The pitch began to look flat and the heat was tiring the Sidbury players. Anning took the Sidbury bowling on one too many times and was caught for 73 from just 48 balls, striking 9 fours and 3 lusty sixes. Clay continued to nurdle and accumulate with Coombs as his new partner. When Clay departed for a well-made 32 from 48 Newton Poppleford stood on 179 for 4 and 200 looked like a good score on an average Sidbury wicket. This left Coombs and Adey Junior to fire some late boundaries and managed to get the score past 200. Coombs finished 17* and Louis Adey managed 29.

234 looked an insurmountable total with a good bowling line up, however with the sun out and the pitch having already proved to have some runs in it, it was too early to talk about victory. Talk over tea was about the heated competition between Luke Raistrick and Phil Hunter at the top of the wicket takers table. Skipper Clay, wanting to add fuel to the fire, pitted the two against each other with Raistrick taking the first over from the town end. Hunter was given the Forest End and the two were fortunate to have a brand new cherry courtesy of Sidbury. Raistrick started with a full ball which was diligently put away for four, before getting his second to beat the bat only for Captain Clay to whip the bails off for a classy stumping. Phil bowled well and was very unfortunate not to pick up a wicket with his controlled spell. Raistrick continued to find more in his locker which beat the Sidbury bat and got his quicker ball to tickle the timber, albeit via the pad of Sidbury’s number 3. Luke’s change of pace meant a well-flighted ball wasn’t picked, dipping past the bat before finding the top of middle. This spell of bowling was beginning to show similar signs of skill and ability of that 5 wicket haul at the beginning of the season. Raistrick again managed to deliver yet another perfect, dipping ball to sneak past bat and pad for the waiting gloves of Clay for a second stumping of the innings to give Luke 4for. The battle between Phil and Luke has been fiercely fought and both have shown great skill and ability. Rather fittingly, Luke delivered another fine, flighted delivery which caught the outside edge. What looked like a regulation catch for Clay, deflected off the keeping glove, only for that deflection to be taken by George House at 1st slip. A super catch gave Luke a super five wicket haul, his second in the season, as the younger Raistrick goes from strength to strength.

Sidbury slumped to 60 for 5 and Clay turned to that man House hoping his antics at 1st slip would spur him on to pick up some of his own wickets. House has had a slow season. Slow being an understatement! However, 3 wickets in a T20 Vs Lympstone had put him on 99 career wickets coming into this fixture. Unfortunately some powerful Sidbury batting had meant the brand new ball Luke and Phil where lucky enough to bowl with, had been replaced by a less than perfect ball. Despite this, a pitched up ball found the edge and Skipper Clay pouched another good catch to provide George with 100 career wickets.

House bowled in tandem with Chris Davis who showed good control to keep the Sidbury scoring to a minimum. At this point Sidbury had crumbled to 92 for 8 and discussions on the field turned to the possibility of a hundred run win for the visitors. A small fightback by the Sidbury tale saw them pass 100, before an impressive run out from Thomas Moore ended all hopes of anything other than a Newton Poppleford win. Moore in particular has played at 2nd XI Premier Level for all of this year and as previously mentioned his ability has been noticed by the Devon Development Squad. Given this, you would have thought then when a catch goes up and Thomas is underneath it, it’s a pretty done deal. However, this was not the case when he made an absolute hash of taking a catch to finish the game. Instead, Cox managed to spin one past the defences and end Sidbury’s chase on 133.

Sidbury’s innings never really got going and this was down largely to Luke’s fine 5 wickets and support from the other bowlers. This truly was a game of landmarks with Kenny Clay passing 5,000 career runs becoming the first Newton Poppleford batsmen to do so, George House passing 100 career wickets and Luke Raistrick taking his second 5 wicket haul and cementing his place at the top of the wicket taking table.

Newton Poppleford Cricket Club NPCC Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
5w 4b  
for 5 wickets

(35.0 overs)
Antony Cox ct Miller 28 31 5 90.32
Chris Anning ct Rowe 73 48 9 3 152.08 1
Thomas Moore ct Rowe 36 26 5 2 138.46 1
Kenny Clay b David 32 48 5 66.67 1 2
Richard Coombs Not Out  17 30 2 56.67
Louis Adey b Reed 29 19 2 2 152.63
Leigh Adey Not Out  2 1 200
George House   1
Chris Davis  
Phil Hunter  
Luke Raistrick  

Sidbury Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Sidbury Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
133 (26.5 overs)

Newton Poppleford Cricket Club NPCC Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Luke Raistrick6.013557.005.83
Phil Hunter5.002600.005.20
George House4.02832.672.00
Chris Davis6.022500.004.17
Leigh Adey4.002400.006.00
Antony Cox1.50818.004.36