Budleigh win Ottermouth thriller by seven runs
PUBLISHED: 18:30 23 August 2017
Budleigh Salterton beat Cornwood by a margin of seven runs, but a first victory in six outings for Hatherleigh effectively means that the Budleigh dream of a return to the top flight of Devon League cricket will have to go on ice for another 12 months.
Budleigh won the toss and opted to bat first, but were blitzed by a super spell from Cornwood opening seamer Matt Skeemer who whipped out Matt Junk and Steve Booth for four and three ball ducks respectively and then bowled Elliot Rice for 11, to leave Budleigh 26-3.
Max Waller and Trevor Anning then added 60 for the fourth wicket, before both fell in quick succession. Waller went for a 52-ball innings of 51, a knock that included five fours and two sixes while Anning faced 47 balls and hit two fours in his innings of 23.
The innings slid from 85-2 to 88-6 with the loss also of Phil Anning (to a first ball duck) and Ben Carter, for one, and, when Lloyd Murrin was eighth man out, in his case for six, Budleigh were 111-8.
Nick Boult contributed what arguably proved to be the match winning as he hit an unbeaten 12 which was to prove vital at the end of the contest and Budleigh were bowled out for 127 after 40 overs.
Cornwood made a competent start to the run chase and reached 35 without loss before four wickets were taken for the addition of just 37 runs with Max Waller claiming three of them and Trevor Anning one.
The fifth wicket pairing edged the visitors up to 77-5 and, when the score became 111-5, Cornwood were in the box seat, needing just 17 runs to win with five wickets in hand.
However, a Matt Junk catch saw an end to the innings of Skeemer, who had scored 32 from the number three slot. The score of 112-6 quickly became 116-7 thanks to some inspired fielding from Max Waller and it was soon 116-8 with Luke Jefferson the wicket taker.
Four more runs were added before, with victory eight runs away, Cornwood lost their last two wickets without further addition, both to Trevor Anning – one clean bowled and one to a Max Waller catch and Budleigh had recorded a thrilling win.
Going into the final two games of the B Division season Budleigh trail Hatherleigh by 25 points. It now needs a miracle for Budleigh to bag the promotion spot – but it’s not quite over yet! On Saturday they visit Chudleigh.