Budleigh win at Bradninch boosts survival chances big time

15:02 07 August 2012

Budleigh skipper Joel Murphy

Budleigh skipper Joel Murphy

Archant

Budleigh gave their Francis Clark top flight survival mission a real boost with a 33-run win at Bradninch.

Not only did the victory lift Joel Murphy’s side out of the bottom two, it also dragged the Mid Devon side into the relegation mix which further increases the Budleigh bid to stay up.

The victory was all the sweeter for Murphy given the fact he used to skipper Bradninch and he returned to haunt his old team with a captain’s innings, hitting an unbeaten 22 from the number nine slot to see his side to what proved a match winning total of 176-6.

The earlier work had been done by opener Gamindu Amarasinghe (35) and James Hudson (38).

However, a number of the Budleigh batsmen will not need reminding of the shots they played to get themselves out! None more so than the Sri Lankan opener and also Bob Dawson!

The Mid Devon side made a bright start, but it was Amarasinghe who made the all-important initial, break though. At 70-4 the game was heading Budleigh’s way.

However, then the hosts rallied with a half century partnership between Devon County player Matt Golding and the Bradninch player-coach Paul Tweddle.

The former was clean bowled by Hudson and when Tweddle followed soon after caught by Bob Dawson off the bowling of Joel Murphy it sparked a collapse that saw five wickets taken in the space of 31 deliveries and when the final wicket fell at 143 it left Murphy’s men deserving winners.

All five of the Budleigh bowlers claimed wickets, the pick of then figures were the 4-36 from Hudson whilst both Murphy and Amarasinghe picked up a couple of wickets apiece.

Heading into the last four games Budleigh now sit 16 points clear of the bottom two. Heathcoat (109 points) and Sandford (110) sit in the relegation berths.

Then it’s Torquay (123) with Budleigh next, sitting 10 points behind Bradninch.

It’s Sidmouth at home on Saturday after which they travel to Torquay and then host neighbours Exmouth before completing the season on September 1, at Plymouth.

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Thu, 11:54
Exmouth Sea Angling Associaton The Christmas Fayre meeting

The Exmouth Sea Angling Association (ESAA) contested the Carnival competition that was fished from Mare Rocks to Sandy Bay, writes Robert Pennells.

Read more
Thu, 11:54
ESAA Christms Fayre winners

The Exmouth Sea Angling Association (ESAA) fished the annual Christmas Fayre meeting, writes Robert Pennells.

Read more
Thu, 11:53
Action between Exmouth's clash with Redingensians on Saturday.  Ref exsp 3167-50-14. Picture: Simon Horn.

Exmouth were edged out in what was a titanic top-of-the-table National Three (SW) meeting with the Redingensians, writes Chris Wright.

Read more
Thu, 11:53
Withycombe Under-12s action versus Newton Abbot

Withycombe Under-12s were 42-7 winners when they visited Newton Abbot.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read Sport

Photo Orders
Competitions
Subscriptions
Facebook
Family notices
Send us a story

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition
Exmouth�s trusted business finder