KYLE Brockley slammed a rapid 96 off 55 balls as Premier leaders Sidmouth knocked the stuffing out of lowly Cornwood.

Sidmouth looked anything but title material at first as they hobbled to 86 for six.

Skipper Luke Bess had gone in at one for one in the first over following the demise of Matt Cooke to Shazad Ahmad.

Ahmad took four for 33 as Sidmouth struggled along, picking off two of the Bess bothers and Dan Powell as he went.

Luke was still there though and in Brockley found a willing running-mate.Luke Bess

Brockey made 96 in a stand of 137 with Luke Bess that took Sidmouth to 261 for eight. Bess made 36.

Along the way for Brockley there were six fours and eight sixes – and some harsh treatment handed out to Jason Hall, Adam Goodliffe and Elliot Staddon.

Staddon ended the stand when he trapped Brockley lbw and knocked over Bess for 87 to finish with three for 65.

Sidmouth’s total of 272 for nine proved way too many for Cornwood, who were bundled out for 116 in reply.

There was no coming back from a nightmare start that saw the Corns slump tp 33 for five in the first 15 overs – Will Murray doing most of the damage.

Jason Hall (22) and skipper Staddon (20) defied for a while – a tail-ender Matt Butterworth made 21 after Hall and Staddon had gone.

It was only delaying the inevitable though as Cornwood crashed to a 156-run defeat with more than 20 overs to.

Murray finished with six for 30 and there were two wickets for spinner Charlie Miles.

Sidmouth stay 30 points clear of Heathcoat at the top of the table while Cornwood drop back into the bottom two.

Skipper Bess said however comfortable it looked on paper, the reality had been quite different.

“Cornwood bowled really well first up as the wicket was difficult to bat on and they utilised that,” said Bess.

“Kyle’s innings completely turned the game on its head, and put us in a very strong position.

“We haven’t had one or two stand-out performers this season, unlike previous years.

“Although we want individuals to take responsibility, it's good to see the runs coming from different people each week and everyone contributing.

“Will Murray then bowled well to end the chase before it really started.”

Cornwood skipper Staddon felt amid the wreckage of the defeat there were positives to be taken.

‘Our bowling at the beginning of Sidmouth’s innings was fantastic, we created chances and had them on the back foot at 53 for five.

“The second half of the innings told a different story. We dropped five catches, which you can't afford to do at this level, and Luke Bess showed that by digging for a good score.

“The 96 smashed all around the ground by Brockley was a knock we couldn't do a lot about.

“With the bat we didn't start well and it made 273 quickly out of our reach.

“A few short knocks in the middle got us over 100, but we move on to next week and continue to be positive with our game.”