Budleigh 2nds beaten for first time
PUBLISHED: 19:06 16 June 2010 | UPDATED: 09:11 19 June 2010
BUDLEIGH staged the game of the day in the 2nd XI A Division as they went head to head with the only side to sit above them in the table, Hatherleigh, writes Lloyd White.
Batting first, the visitors plundered an imposing total of 253, with skipper Ian Taylor and Greg Marks each claiming three wicket hauls.
Taylor finished with 3-27 and Marks produced figures of 3-66.
The Budleigh reply made the worst possible start with both openers swiftly back in the pavilion and just 26 on the board.
Matt Plowman and Adam Williams took over, but they joined the openers back in the pavilion and, with the scoreboard showing 44-4, it became a case of operation save the game!
The first to fly the flag in that particular cause were Greg Marks and skipper Taylor.
The pair are great friends and seem to relish the opportunity to bat together.
They took the score along to 100 for 4 with 12 overs to go needing 68 to get the two-thirds needed for the losing draw.
Marks then fell to a superb slip catch with the score on 112-5.
Nathan Hardy was dismissed first ball and then Taylor was run out backing up.
The tail folded and the reply closed on 124.
Taylor said: “You have to give credit to Hatherleigh they are by far the best side we have played this season, they beat us in all areas. I expect high standards and we didnt perform the way I know we can.”