Azam signs off with six of the best

PUBLISHED: 16:12 07 August 2010




Budleigh were one of the first sides in the Francis Clark Devon Cricket League to finish their game on the first Saturday of August as they beat hosts Plympton by ten wickets with the proceedings al over before 4pm.

BUDLEIGH ended any worries about having to stage a relegation avoiding mission over the final three weeks of the Francis Clark Devon league when they hammered hosts Plympton in double quick time on their own Harewood Park surface.

With the matches now starting half an hour earlier as the days draw shorter, the contest was all over within three hours!

Hammad Azam, playing his final game for the Ottermouth men, chose the perfect way to end his time with the club with a six wicket haul as he and skipper, Ian Bishop, bowled unchanged to bundle the hosts out in twenty eight overs and four balls for a meagre 58!

Azam sent down 14.4 and returned the wonderful figures of 4-15 whilst Azam claimed six of the best and finished with 6-42 from 14 overs.

Such was the way the ball dominated proceedings that the hosts managed to notch just the one boundary, that a four struck by their number ten batsman, strike bowler Anwar.

The out-fielding was excellent with five catches held as Rob Newman held a brace and the others went to the safe hands of Bob Dawson, Lloyd Murrin and that man Azam.

Dawson and Neil Murrin, again opened the reply. With conditions that still favoured the bowlers, run making was not easy but Dawson despatched the last two balls of the fourth over beyond the boundary line and Budleigh were on their way.

Dawson went on to crack a seven boundary unbeaten 41 from 47 balls faced and Murrrin faced 44 deliveries for his unbeaten 14 as the game was wrapped up as a ten wicket win on 59 without loss, before the Plympton village church clock chimed for 4pm.

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