Batten guides Budleigh II to Ottery success
PUBLISHED: 22:54 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 22:54 24 July 2013
Budleigh 2nds entertained second in the table Ottery St Mary II in the B Division Match of the Day.
Fitting of a top clash the outcome was in the balance until the closing stages with the Ottermouth men emerging as victors by 12 runs.
After winning the toss and opting to bat openers James Leat and young Charles Parkin gave the hosts a solid start.
A rapid outfield beneath a blazing sun helped the batsmen and 75 was reached for the los of just two wickets.
However, whereas for much of the campaign the Budleigh middle order has delivered on a consistent basis, they were not to be so forthcoming in this encounter and skipper Ben Carter, Sam Richardson, Jo Marley and James England were all returned to the pavilion with 30 overs completed and 119-5 the total on the Ottermouth score board.
Adam Jones and Phil Yolland were the batters to steady things.
Jones protected his wicket well whilst also finding the boundary with fine shots before he was caught behind for 31.
Yolland stayed at the crease for the remaining overs and trooped off with an unbeaten 27 to his name, but the total of 186 all out was certainly one of the lowest scores the team had posted this season.
The Ottery reply was hit in the third over as opener seamer Adam Jones got one to swing delightfully leaving the Otters batsman to play the ball onto his stumps to leave the hosts one on two runs for one wicket!
The visitors recovered well and began to take charge, arriving smoothly at 136-4 with wickets and overs in hand to finish the job off!
The ball was handed to Chris Batten to serve up more of his swinging, awkward length deliveries and he had instant success, knocking out the Ottery middle order. He bagged a brace in one over to leave the reply reeling on 138-7.
Batten was not finished and he claimed two more wickets, both with the reply on 141.
Budleigh could now sense the real chance for victory in what had been a very interesting game, with the cricketing pendulum swinging freely between both teams.
The last two for Ottery dug deep and managed to add 32, edging their way to the finishing line when opening bowler Jones returned and brilliantly fielded one of his own deliveries three-quarters of the way down the batting track off a fast-pushed straight drive.
The batsmen thought hey could scamper through for a single, but Jones was equal to the task and his swop and pick up and throw down the stumps saw the Otters batsman run out and Budleigh able to celebrate a thrilling victory.
Next up is a trip on Saturday to South Devon II for a Budleigh side now 34 points clear of third placed Sidmouth and well on course for an instant return to the A Division.