Thursday, August 8, 2013
Budleigh claimed only their second success of the Francis Clark Devon League season when they beat hosts Plymouth by 46 runs.
The Budleigh batsmen delivered the goods, guiding their side to a close of 301-5 off their 50-overs.
It was too quick-fire partnerships which enabled the total to reach 300.
At the top of the order James Burke led the way with a 79-ball knock of 49 that included six fours.
The real impetus came later with Matt Kidd thumping a 26-ball 65 with six fours and five sixes!
Jack Dart chipped in with a 45-ball 53 with his innings including sevens fours and a brace of sixes.
The other big contribution was an unbeaten 58 from Seb Langridge.
Dart and Langridge put on 96 for the fourth wicket in 14 overs, but that partnership was then surpassed, in terms of speed, by the one of 82 runs that Langridge and Kidd served up from just 41 balls!
Faced with such a tall order the home batsmen fell a wicket down without a run on the board as Matt Kidd hit the stumps. That was Kidd’s only wicket (1-50 in nine), but Matt Plowman bowled very well to return impressive figures of 3-36 from ten overs. Skipper Joel Murphy also picked up three wickets, his from eight overs at a cost of 53 runs and there were two wickets for James Burke and one for Bob Dawson as Plymouth were bowled out for 255 in 45.2 overs.
The win means Budleigh hold onto a glimmer of hope of effecting a great escape.
However, the odds remain stacked against them.
With four to play they must make up 23 points on third bottom Cornwood and hope that second bottom Bradninch don’t mount a revival either.
This Saturday Murphy’s men travel to title chasing Bovey Tracey who were surprisingly beaten for only the third time this season when they succumbed to Torquay last weekend.
When the pair mat at Ottermouth on June 8 Bovey won by a margin of just eight runs.