On a typically (for this year) cold evening at a windy Fort Field, The Under 15's opened their league season away to Sidmouth following their success in the ECB Cup matches.
A strong line up was led by Captain Jamie Telford who won the toss and had no hesitation in choosing to bat on the usual belter of a deck at Sidmouth. Jamie elected to 'do 3', so Jake Reddick opened with Ben Green and the pair got off to a flyer, with Jake hitting the first two balls of the innings for 4. Greener wasn't going to be left behind as he hit four consecutive 4's and the scoreboard raced along to 53 without loss from the first 5 overs.
Jake looked to put the inform Ben on strike as much as possible, and when on 47, Greener went for a 'big one' which he skied, a long way up, and was very well caught by Emily Dodd - keeping her eye on it as it moved around in the breeze. Jamie joined Jake and the pair carried on, scoring freely from some loose bowling. Jake reached his 50 and retired, and Matt 'The Smash' Marsh strode out looking to maximise our score from the remaining overs.
He wasted no time, opening 4,4, dot, 6 as the scoreboard went into meltdown. He slowed down a bit and finished on an unbeaten 31 from 13 balls and we closed on 178 for 2.
A tremendous total which would allow us to involve all our bowlers. August Aalto opened with the Harry Molins and the pair gave little away, indeed Harry struck with his second ball. At no point did Sidmouth ever look to chase the score, and it was apparent that survival was going to be the order of the day. Harvey Sargent was content to score singles and with no one being able to stay with him, it was just a matter of trying to take 10 wickets.
Wickets were falling regularly, and Harry Molins finished his 3 overs with 2 for 8 - a great opening salvo. George Hunt kept up the accurate bowling and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket, although he took a good catch at the end of the game. Tom Murphy replaced August and struck with his fourth ball before finishing with 2 for 11 from his accurate three overs.
Jamie Telford gave the gloves to Greener, and proved what a great fielder he is with a direct hit from Mid On to run out Emily Dodds. Ben Howkins bowled a tidy spell without reward, but gave little away as Sargent kept scoring in singles. Keiron Renton took a wicket in his spell of 1 for 11 from 3 overs, and it was left to Paddy Poustie to bowl the last over of the innings and he picked up two wickets, including Sargent who was out for 39 in the 20th over, having opened the batting. Sidmouth were 79 for 8 after their 20 overs, and Exeter could be well satisfied with a job well done.