Budleigh keep pace with A Division promotion hopefuls

11:00 31 July 2014

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Budleigh kept pace with the other leading teams in the Francis Clark Devon League A Division as they banked 20 points after a seven wicket win at Hatherleigh, writes Stephen Birley.

Skipper Joel Murphy led from the front claiming three wickets, a feat matched by two of his other bowlers as the home side were bowled out for 196.

Murphy finished with figures of 3-24 whilst Ben Phillips returned figures of 3-26 and completing the trio of three-wicket takers was Ben Phillips with his 3-35 was Luke Peterson.

James Burke led the successful run chase with another dominant performance, stroking his way to 77.

Harry Parkin continued his fine run of form as he chipped in with a knock of 40 and the other batter to get amongst the runs was Jack Dart with an unbeaten 42.

With the top five all winning there is no change in the race to claim one of the two berths available which will mean Premier Division cricket next season.

Plympton remain top and they currently hold a seven point lead over second placed Bradninch with whom Budleigh were relegated from the top flight last season.

Paignton are third with 175 points with Budleigh fourth on 168.

Barton are the outsiders of the promotion cashing pack as they sit fifth on 150 points and so it is likely to be a case of two-from-four with regard who nets those coveted top flight places.

With five games to play it promises to be a thrilling conclusion to the season.

The current top four’s remaining matches are:

Plympton (away to Hatherleigh, home to Barton, away to Brixham, home to Paignton and finally away to Chudleigh); Bradninch (away to Brixham, away to Paignton, home to Chudleigh, away to Barton and, on the last day of the season they are at home to Budleigh!); Paignton (away to Lewdown, home to Bradninch, home to Budleigh, away to Plympton and home to Barton.)

Budleigh’s run in sees them host Barton on Saturday before a visit from Brixham and a trip to Paignton. On August 23 they go to Plympton and they end their season with that potentially ‘winner-takes-all’ meeting with Bradninch.

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