Exmouth push Plymouth closer to Tolchards League relegation

PUBLISHED: 09:42 31 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:42 31 August 2017

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Exmouth were 35 run winners when they entertained Plymouth in a Tolchards Drinks Devon League top flight game.

After losing the toss and being invited to bat, Exmouth lost David Lye (10) with their score on 13, but skipper Richard Baggs was joined by Sandy Allen and the pair took the innings to 74 before Baggs departed for 27. Dan Pyle was immediately dismissed – caught for a third ball duck, but 74-3 moved on to 107-4 when the fine innings of Allen was brought to an end, but not before the batsman had chalked up another half century - his 51 coming off 71 balls with six fours and one six. Bob Dawson (5) was also dismissed with the score on 107 and, when Billy Rudolph was out for 13, the Maer men were 131-6.

George Greenway (17), Jon Evennett (1) and Louis Morison (11) all perished to leave Exmouth 156-9.

Last pair Alvin Pollard (20) and Fin Marks (7no), added what would later prove to be a crucial 26 runs for the final wicket to leave Exmouth closing on 185 all out.

The Plymouth reply was hit by a wicket from the very first delivery served up by Exmouth seamer George Greenway who trapped the opener leg before wicket.

It was soon 18-2 as Billy Rudolph, who shared new ball duties with Greenway, struck, aided by a Richard Baggs catch. David Lye bagged his wicket, to reduce Plymouth to 39-3. A Billy Rudolph inspired run out left the reply on 43-4, but the fifth wicket partnership put the outcome of the game in doubt as Plymouth took the chase past 100 before George Greenway, in his second spell, broke the partnership.

That proved to be the key wicket for the final five Plymouth wickets were claimed for the addition of just 48 runs with Bob Dawson (2-28), Billy Rudolph (3-24 from 7.5 overs) and George Greenway (3-43 from 10 overs), sharing the wicket taking honours.

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