With the heatwave well and truly over the covers came on at Budleigh's Ottermouth ground in the game against Exmouth on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 5214-30-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Budleigh were hit by the rain in their bid to repeat the victory they had over Exmouth earlier in the season.
That said, it was probably the home side who were more grateful to see the early end as they were a troubled 137-6 after 29 overs when an early end was called by the umpires at Ottermouth.
Budleigh did collect seven points for their interrupted efforts, but that left them even deeper in the mire at the foot of the Francis Clark Devon League Premier Division as all the sides above them gained more points from their own rain-interrupted matches.
With five games remaining and 100 points to play from the Ottermouth men sit 27 points behind third bottom Bradninch who in turn are three points better off than second bottom Cornwood.
With those two sides meeting at Kensham Park, Bradninch this Saturday it does mean a Budleigh win at sixth placed Plymouth would give them new hope of beating the drop.
However, having won one game in 13, it seems highly unlikely that the team could, fashion the three wins from their five remaining games that they are likely to require to pull off a great escape.
After the trip to Plymouth Budleigh go to title chasing Bovey Tracey before hosting fourth bottom Torquay (currently 41 points clear of them). They then host Exeter before ending the season at another of the title chasing sides, Sidmouth on the final Saturday of the month.