Allen removes the pads to get Hood

PUBLISHED: 10:01 28 May 2009 | UPDATED: 11:03 10 June 2010

FOUR games into the new season and Budleigh are one of just two sides yet to taste defeat in what looks set to be one of the closest fought Francis Clark Devon League Premier Divison seasons for many moons.

FOUR games into the new season and Budleigh are one of just two sides yet to taste defeat in what looks set to be one of the closest fought Francis Clark Devon League Premier Divison seasons for many moons.Hosts Exeter batted first at the County Ground and claimed maximum batting points closing on 249-7.With conditions suiting batting. only Bobby Dawson had any real success with figures of 4-62 from 15 overs.Even wicket keeper Sandy Allen removed the pads - Neil Murrin taking over behind the stumps - and turned his arm over. Indeed, it was Allen who finally got rid of the home side's centurion Marshall Hood, caught by Matt Webb on the boundary for 140. Allen finished with 2-48 from half a dozen overs.The previous weeks bowling hero's Webb and Mike Cliff were not so effective. Webb taking 1-37 in seven and Cliff 0-18 in five.The Budleigh reply got off to a miserable start with two men back in the pavilion with just 17 on the County Ground score board. However, this brought Bobby Dawson to the middle and he promptly steadied the ship and guided the side to a closing total of 176 with his personal contribution being an unbeaten 70.So nine points for Budleigh, who find themselves unbeaten but 4th bottom with 41 points from the first four games.Sidmouth lead the way, currently some 36 points better off. Next up for Budleigh, who have just one more game to negotiate without the presence of suspended skipper Ian Bishop, is an Ottermouth meeting on Saturday afternoon with a Sandford side who climbed off the bottom of the fledging table with a first win of the season last weekend.


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