Dawson reports back for duty at the Maer with a half century

PUBLISHED: 21:38 20 April 2014 | UPDATED: 10:18 22 April 2014

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A strong Exmouth side were too powerful for as 100-man Bradninch in a pre-season meeting at the Maer.

Batting first Exmouth plundered 2789-6 from their 40-overs. Seb Benton top scored with a 54-ball, 18 boundary 88.

He put on 89 in nine overs with skipper Richard Baggs (33). David Lye chipped in with 50 and Bob Dawson, playing his first game at the Maer ground since 1996, weighed in with 66. Dan Hardy (2-37) was the pick of the visiting bowlers.

The Mid Devon men, relegated from the Premier Division at the end of last season, gave a first 1st XI start to 15-year-old Will Birley and he sent down two overs which would have brought him a wicket had a catch, one of seven put down, not been spilled in the deep! The Bradninch reply was underpinned by a superb half-century from the club’s overseas player this year, New Zealander Gian Botha who struck a run-a-ball 74.

Opener Dan Hardy was the best of the rest with 37 as Bradninch closed on 165-6. Six Exmouth bowlers claimed a wicket each, Andrew Buzza was one of them and he also held two catches. The game ended early when Exmouth skipper Richard Baggs pulled a hamstring, an injury which is likely to keep him out of action for a couple of weeks at least.

Exmouth 279-6 (Benton 88, Dawson 66, Lye 50; D Hardy 2-37); Bradninch 165-6 (G Botha 74, D Hardy 37; Buzza 1-6, Chappell 1-18). Exmouth win by 114 runs.

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