Budleigh 2nd XI last pair set new league record

PUBLISHED: 19:06 31 May 2018

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Skipper Adam Jones missed out on a maiden league century in Budleigh II's 60-run home defeat by Alphington, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Budleigh were set a hefty 268 to win by Alphington, for whom D J van Vuuren had clobbered 102.

The South African all-rounder went in at 49 for two and was the last man out at 255 for eight.

Along the way there was one big stand of 79 with Tom Bath (35) – and several 20s and 30s.

Sean Mills (4-57) was the leading wicket taker for Budleigh. Will Oxland (2-33) was fractionally cheaper to run than Matt Murphy (1-36). Budleigh’s prospects didn’t look bright when they were 48 for six after a duffing up from Bath (4-63) and further interruptions from Mark Halse (3-31) left the Otters reeling at 108 for eight.

Jones, standing in as skipper for Nick Boult, who was on 1st XI duty, was still there though, and found an unlikely partner in last man Sid Fereday. Budleigh’s last-wicket pair put on 99 – a new league record for the division by 42 runs – and had Alphington rattled. With ten overs to go Halse was brought back into the attack and it took him three balls to trap Jones lbw for 96.

Fereday finished undefeated on 30.

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