Thursday, August 29, 2013
Budleigh may well be on their way out of the Francis Clark Devon League Premier Division, but they are going down with real fight.
In their final home game of the league campaign they were involved in an extraordinary game with Exeter.
Between the two teams there were no fewer than 14 batsmen who were back in the pavilion for single figure totals!
Exeter batted first and it needed a 184-run partnership for the fifth wicket to lead them to a healthy close of 266-9.
Just three batsmen were into double figures for the visitors whilst four home bowlers, Matt Kidd, James Burke, Matt Plowman and skipper Joel Murphy, each bagged a brace of wickets.
Not for the first time this term opening pair Bob Dawson and James Burke gave the Budleigh innings a great start as they scored at a run-a-ball rate, taking the reply to 114 when Dawson fell for 61.
Burke went on to stroke his way to a glorious unbeaten 114, but only Jack Dart, with 50, chalked up a double figure score as the reply ended up four runs short on 262-7.
Budleigh’s senior side will now spend at least one season in the second tier of 1st XI cricket, and that’s precisely where the club’s second eleven are heading back to (the second tier of 2nd XI cricket) after they sealed promotion at the very first time of asking, winning their penultimate game at Sidmouth III to ensure they will line up in the 2nd XI A Division against next summer.
Sidmouth batted first and were restricted to 198-7 with Lloyd White the main wicket taker, returning figures of 4-17 from four overs. Joe Marley, Sean Mills and Adam Jones each claimed a single wicket.
White then led the run chase with a half century from the opening berth and James England hit 64 as Budleigh eased to a five wicket win with almost eleven overs left.