Baggs fumes at Exmouth defeat

PUBLISHED: 17:17 09 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:08 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH captain Richard Baggs has threatened that heads will roll after the 50-run defeat by Torquay that left his side on the bottom of the Premier Division table.

EXMOUTH captain Richard Baggs has threatened that heads will roll after the 50-run defeat by Torquay that left his side on the bottom of the Premier Division table.

Chasing 151 to win, Exmouth collapsed to 34 for six and were eventually all out for 100.

Torquay were the only side below Exmouth on Saturday morning, but not anymore.

Said Baggs: "I am fuming - we batted badly which cost us the game.

"A couple of umpiring decisions went against us, but that happens in cricket and you have to accept that and get on with the game.

"We should still have made 151 to win as we have the batting to do it, at least we do on paper.

"That's two weeks running we have failed with the bat and if it happens again there are going to be some changes."

Torquay were put in on a damp track at the Maer and did well to reach 150 for nine before skipper Justin Yau declared two balls before the end of the 50th and last over.

As Exmouth are down at the wrong end of the table with Torquay - they hit the bottom in the aftermath of this defeat - Yau couldn't see any point risking giving away a bowling bonus point.

Exmouth were three wickets down midway through the second half with only six runs on the board and from then on in Yau could sense the first victory of the season.

There was a brief scare when rain forced Exmouth off when last pair Baggs and Mark Woodman were at the crease, but the clouds passed and Kris Davis (2-28) broke the stand soon after the resumption.

Torquay didn't have the best of starts as they were 50 for four after an early going over from Exmouth's South African paceman Carson Lederle (3-17).

Usman Malvi (49) and Yau (18) hauled the situation round in the second half of the innings with a stand of 43 before Arul Suppiah (4-84) bowled Exmouth back into contention.

Joe Thompson hit 36 not out in the dying embers to give Torquay a nudge they needed.

Torquay wanted early wickets to put pressure on Exmouth - and Malvi and Thompson obliged.

Mike Paine was out first ball of the innings when he jabbed a catch back to Malvi, who followed up by snaring Suppiah lbw in the same over.

Thompson captured James Burke thanks to a Yau slip catch - that was six for three - then cleaned out Robbie Debenham.

By the end of the 13th over Exmouth were 34 for six and staring defeat in the face.

The inevitable fightback came from Andy Buzza (26) and former Torquay all-rounder Ed Yeo (23), who got the score up to 72 for seven.

Malvi (5-28) unpicked the partnership and that was the end for Exmouth, who had no prospect of batting out almost 30 overs for a draw.

CLYST St George were disappointed when their game against Plymouth Civil Service was washed off just as it was getting interesting.

Clyst had posted a respectable 147 for six in difficult conditions with the bulk of the runs going to skipper Graham White (37), Alex Blest (31no) and Tim Read (24).

Pick of the bowlers for Civil was Andy Hawker with three for 38.

Civil collapsed to 20 for five in reply under withering fire from Dylan Mort (3-17) and Pete Weatherhead (2-10).

Hawker (32no) and Jason Willams (10no) had advanced to 69 for five in the 20th over when the game stopped.

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