Exmouth’s David Lye claimed the Premier Division batting honours, and by quite a margin, at the conclusion of the Francis Clark Devon League season.

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Lye finished the campaign with 717 runs and an impressive average of 55.15.

He scored 185 runs more than the next best – Budleigh’s James Burke with 532 runs (average 44.33), whilst his average was almost 10 runs better than the next best, that, one of 45.60 from Heathcoat batsman Chris Small (44.60).

Lye was also one of just three batsmen to register two top flight centuries in the season, the others were North Devon’s overseas star Glen Querl and his Instow team mate Dan Bowser.

Lye’s Maer ground team mate Trevor Anning also made the top ten in the batting charts with his 366 runs seeing him finish with a healthy average of 36.60.

The other locally based batsmen to make the leading runs scored in the season top 40 were, Bob Dawson of Budleigh (356 runs for 16th spot), Barney Huxtable and Richard Baggs of Exmouth were 18th and 19th respectively with 328 and 326 runs each.

Gamindu Amarasinghe was 26th with 280 runs. Exmouth’s Andy Buzza made the charts with his 250 runs seeing him 30th and Max Curtis was last on the top 40 with 186 runs in the season.

Trevor Anning finished fourth in the bowling honours list with his 28 wickets, 11 fewer than winner Querl of North Devon. He was also fourth in terms of bowling average, his 28 wickets costing him just 13.43 runs each.

The next best local bowler was Bob Dawson in 16th spot with 19 wickets with David Lye 27th with 15 wickets.

Amarasinghe came 32nd with 14 wickets whilst Exmouth duo Jamie Tapper and George Greenway finished joint 35th with 13 wickets each.

There was just one batting partnership to make the seasons best in the Premier Division, that the 107 put on by Barney Huxtable and Max Curtis for the opening wicket in the home game with North Devon.

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